Publisher: Los Angeles: St. Ann's Press, 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 108097
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 30 copies, with an original, unique "pre-ambertype" photographic print (made with digital vegetable inks on tree bark paper coated with gum arabic and gold mica), "Millennial Forest," (13-3/4 x 16-5/8 inches), signed, numbered and dated (2000/2006) verso in pencil by Rubenstein, and contained in a black cloth-covered folio. The book is signed and numbered in black ink on the first page by Rubenstein.
Hardcover. Black cloth, with debossed title on cover and spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. The book and print are enclosed in a black cloth-covered clamshell box with title debossed on lid. Photographic works, installations and text by Meridel Rubenstein. Additional essays by Terry Tempest Williams, Rebecca Solnit, Ellen Zweig, Lucy R. Lippard, Roz Driscoll, Elaine Scarry and James Crump. Designed by Olga Zaferatos Karras and Meridel Rubenstein. 192 pp., with four-color plates throughout. The book measures 11 x 11-5/8 inches; the clamshell box is 15 x 18 inches.
Fine. (The book and print are in flawless, pristine condition; the corners of the clamshell box are slightly bumped).
From the publisher: "Meridel Rubenstein mixes mediums and metaphors to make art about our tenuous connection to place. Originally trained as a photographer, she combines disparate materials such as earthy palladium prints with cold steel mounts, transparent photographic imagery sandblasted onto glass, video imagery projected onto cast glass, and digital still imagery on floating vellum and hand-coated tree bark papers. A sense of fragility, transparency, and passage in her works underscores a possibility for change. Her complex narrative photoworks and installations derive from a sense of place, personal and collective history, and myth-the landscape of the cultural mind.
Nine intersecting bodies of work compose this book. The Lowriders is a series of color photographs of the customized cars owned by Latinos from northern New Mexico. Critical Mass is a collaborative work about the making of the first bomb at Los Alamos. The intersecting of the world of the Native American and the Nuclear Scientist is told through the story of one woman who they met. Oppenheimer’s Chair is a meditation on nature and the shedding of defensive postures after 50 years of the cold war. Also included is a series that stems from Rubenstein's 1997 trip to Vietnam, where she commenced a body of work tracing the trajectories of uprooting and replanting in relation to the Vietnam War."