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Olivia Parker: Weighing the Planets

Publisher: Boston: Little, Brown and Company / A New York Graphic Society Book, 1987
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0821216678
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 106685



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Beige cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gold on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Olivia Parker. Designed by Katy Homans. Unpaginated (80 pp.), with 54 duotone plates. 12-1/4 x 9-3/8 inches.


Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (moderate surface wear and creasing to the lower left rear corner).


From the publisher: "Known for her evocative photographic constructions, Olivia Parker brings her subtle, compelling vision to a new body of black and white images. Weighing the Planets is a long poem rather than a retrospective collection; the pictures are stanzas that in sequence make a new, highly imaginative whole. Parker creates these images from old encyclopedias, cut paper, maps, laboratory glass, street metal, flowers, broken toys, and journals, using the natural light that shines through her studio window. The work invites viewer participation: some aspects of each photograph suggest meaning common to all, and others reach out to the secrets each individual carries within. The photographs 'describe a world of interior spaces and inner states, a realm made mysterious by poetic dislocation of image, time, and scale. As in Alice's Wonderland, the subjective, intuitive and imaginative hold sway over the rational and logical' (Art News)."