Publisher: Kobe, Japan: Bearlin, 2003
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 105043
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on page 6 by Miyamoto. Hardcover. Black paper-covered boards with title blind-stamped on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text (in English and Japanese) by Ryuji Miyamoto. Designed by Shoichi Akazaki. 144 pp., with 67 duotone plates beautifully printed on matte art paper. 8-1/2 x 12 inches.
New in New dust jacket (opened only for signature).
From the artist: "Tacked together out of scavenged refuse materials commonly discarded in all big cities--cardboard boxes, scraps of wood, polystyrene packs, mattresses, plastic tarps, umbrellas--these dwellings attest to the consummate skill of their builders: persons alienated from both society and family, working today in exactly the same mode as humans in primeval times who gathered their own materials to build their own shelters in the wild. However cramped and rickety they might appear, these 'homeless' cardboard houses are the product of earnest efforts to utilize empty urban spaces. Existing within the contemporary city whose every spatial assignation is determined by economics and politics, they stand wholly apart from considerations of efficiency and power. Each individual cardboard house has a presence like a wedge driven single-handedly into the urban mass, exposing diverse contradictions and social issues therein."