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Metaphysics In Jars: Collagraphs by Stephen Aldrich and Walton Mendelson

Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1590050150
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 100674



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine cloth, with duotone plate tipped in the front cover. Photographic works by Stephen Aldrich and Walton Mendelson. Introduction by Stephen Aldrich, Walton Mendelson and Craig Krull. Poem by Lorna Nevin. Includes a list of plates. 72 pp., with 67 duotone plates, beautifully printed on fine matte art paper from separations by Keith Schreiber. 13-1/2 x 16-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 1000 hardbound copies.


New in publisher's shrink-wrap.


From the Introduction by Craig Krull: "There is an obsessive quality to the collaborative works of Stephen Aldrich and Walton Mendelson. The rhythms, repetitions and patterns of imagery may remind one of certain outsider art or even the work of the clinically insane. The difference, as Salvador Dali would say, between their work and the work of a madman is that they are not mad. Likewise, one may discern an affinity with Surrealism in the duo's juxtapositioning of dissimilar or incongruous material. However, like their longtime associate and mentor, Frederick Sommer, Aldrich and Mendelson do not attempt to reveal the inner workings of the subconscious, or to jar one's sense of reality through the 'fortuitous meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella.' [Lautréamont] Rather, their multilayered collages come from... their interest in the workings of the universe, and from their recognition of the connectedness of all things."

From the publisher: "Using 19th-century Victorian woodcuts as their source material, scissors, film and paper as their tools, and metaphysics as their master, Aldrich and Mendelson create mind-bending worlds of rhythm and narration."