Op Art Pop-Up Book by Tauba Auerbach


I went to the NY Artist's Book Fair this past fall in part to see this particular book, [2,3] by Tauba Auerbach, published by Printed Matter. The book was supposed to be ready for sale during the the Book Fair, but they were having some delays in production, as one can imagine by looking at the complex pop-ups above. Each one of these sculptural pages, some measuring 18" high, folds in half, collapsing into a neat folio. Each separate folio will be housed in a slipcase. I did not see the folding action, but you can see a few pictures of them folding down on Printed Matter's website. The samples they had on display at the Book Fair were hand-cut by the artist and the cuts were pristine and exact. The final edition is 1000 copies, surely to be die cut and assembled by a team. I want one.

Raising the Supine Dome, an artist's book

Raising the Supine Dome is an artist's book I just completed. Much of the work was done while I was a visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College teaching the Book Arts Studio Seminar. Dartmouth has a fully equipped letterpress studio that I used to hand-set all of the 14pt Caslon metal type. I printed the type and photopolymer plate images on a Vandercook SP-20. The figures are cut out of the page, using a laser cutter. When paged through, the cut figures show through to the back side of the accordion on which I printed a triangular grid pattern.

The book is printed on Holyoke Fine Paper which is a soft, thick, 100% rag paper that takes a letterpress impression beautifully and is made not more than 30 miles from my home in Western Massachusetts. Each panel of the accordion binding consists of two layers of paper with a tyvek hinge joining one panel to the next. Thev tyvek creates a strong hinge that won't tear and the double thickness panels create a stiff page that can stand upright on its own. The cover is a beautiful, earthy graphite colored handmade paper from Cave Paper over book board.

A full gallery of page by page images of the book along with an artist's statement and a link for purchasing can be found on the website here. Edition of 20 copies ready to ship before Christmas.