Granary Books, 2000. Item #GB_80LTD
7 x 10 in., 248 pp., cloth and paper over boards.
“Once upon a time Jim Tenney and I went walking in the woods. We came to a clearing and there under a tree was an arrangement of toy locomotives in the middle of nowhere. Pausing we mused, where are they going, where have they been?”
“The work that Alison Knowles has given here is a personal kunstkammer—a treasure house of words and images that underlie an art she has made and taken with her on a journey through and over many worlds.”
–Jerome Rothenberg, from the Footnotes preface
Published to coincide with Alison Knowles’s exhibition (also titled Footnotes) at Emily Harvey Gallery, New York. Frontispiece by John Cage, preface by Jerome Rothenberg. Collage pages made from 30 years of Knowles’s small red travel books were pasted up and redrawn, but in no defined order. The setting migrates from Japan to Cologne and back always to New York City. Ideas jotted down and friends’ conversations overheard are a loosely woven context for these delicate pencil drawings.
Designed by Julie Harrison, with cover by Sara Seagull. Printed offset in full color in an edition of 1000. This is letter Z from an edition of 26 lettered copies and six numbered hors commerce copies, specially bound in boards by Judith Ivry, signed by Knowles, and with an original signed collage. Out-of-print. As new.
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Further reading: collected reviews and press, including Joan Schuman for Tucson Weekly and Nancy Princenthal for Art on Paper.