by Holton Rower
"I had a meeting at the Drawing Center here in New York... The fellow came down and looked and said he didn't like the figures and faces but my treatment of the paper was exciting... I went back to the studio and started painting right away abstract paintings... Shortly after starting these paintings, the Granary book came along and I decided to do the most challenging thing there and make the whole damned thing non-rep." - Holton Rower
Miraculous work from the author of Flockophobic Press's Nettles. Dozens of materials (from barge cement to New York State Highway Commission road paint) were used in making this most unusual and ambitious nonrepresentational book. Non truly defies any reasonable concept of "publication." From the colophon: "CARDBOARD—Toilet paper cores. BARGE CEMENT—Quabang Corporation, N. Brookfield, Massachusetts. THERAPY—Dr. Richard Travers. SOAKING MEDIUM—Municipal water, New York Reservoir Service. BICYCLE TIRES—made in Taiwan, Korea, Germany, Thailand, China, France, and the United States supplied by Canal Street Bicycles, New York..." and so on. With the artist's inventive choice of varied materials, this book achieves a 3 inch spine in 50 pages and weighs in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces on the scale.
Handwork by Holton Rower with assistance from Weezie Soloman, Marissa Sutil Robledo, Vivek Mathur, and Josh Holdemon. Colophon printed letterpress by Philip Gallo at The Hermetic Press. Bound in the wire-edge style by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage. Wrapped in an off-white fabric and secured with an extra-wide rubber binder. Signed by Holton Rower. 16 hors commerce, 25 for sale.