Granary Books, 1997. Item #GB_52
10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in., 24 pp., paper over boards.
If It Rained Here, a book of digital images by Julie Harrison and text by Joe Elliot, is “an investigation and celebration of the natural world. Abstract in mode and collagist in method, the book holds up a mirror, not to reflect what we see, but to fracture, crop, and reassemble it. Thus, while parts of images come from and may hint at a variety of life-forms, these are not pictures of cells and embryos and water per se, but of the elemental principles and forms behind these phenomena.”
–JH & JE, artists’ statement, Leonardo
This remarkable book is the result of a year-long collaboration. The organic body-based images originate from video produced at the Experimental Television Center in central New York state. Elliot’s modular texts were excerpted from longer works or adapted and/or created in response to the images.
Images captured from video and enhanced in Adobe Photoshop, collaged in QuarkXPress, then printed on an Epson Stylus Pro XL by Julie Harrison. Bound in paper and cloth over boards by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage; paper for the cover printed by hand in four colors by Joe Elliot at Soho Letterpress. This is from an edition of 40 copies, of which 10 are hors commerce and 30 are for sale; each signed by the poet and artist. As new.
Pictured: cover; pp. 5–6; 7–8; and 13–14.