by Toni Dove
"Toni Dove's Mesmer, after having undergone several metamorphoses (computer-driven slide and sound installation, radiophonic work, essay), has most recently been recreated as an artist's book. This work, which refers to itself as 'a fractured icon, an unstable portrait,' is both a study of the construction of female identity and an elegy to the intersecting 19th century origins of psychoanalysis, cinema, and industrial technologies... Through a dialogical collage-montage in the voices of Freud, Dora, Echo, and a Cyborg Angel... Mesmer is a mediatic robotic machine that investigates how the soul is nothing but corporeal facade and speech act." - Allen S. Weiss, Art + Text
Printed offset in several shades of metallic ink by Lori Spencer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts in Philadelphia. It uses both transparent and opaque papers, and includes a three-dimensional centerfold popup. With its many layers, it is densely visual.
Bound in metal by Daniel E. Kelm and staff at the Wide Awake Garage. Slipcases made by Jill Jevne. Signed by Toni Dove. 60 copies: 10 hors commerce, 50 for sale. (Note: 6 extra copies were bound: 1 binder's copy in full metal and 5 others in screen and cellophane, for the Borowsky Center.)