Cuts Make You
Five Artist Books with pamphlet covers in clamshell box: letterpress and die cut on tyvek and vellum papers with masking tape, inks, and photographs.
Clamshell Box: 9 x 13 x 3.67 inches.
Pamphlet Cover: 7 x 8 x .25 inches.
Each book: 5.75 x 7.25 x .25 inches.
A response by artist, Brooke Holve to Cuttings, her solo exhibition of mixed media constructions and artist books at the Risk Press Gallery in Sebastopol. The work explored ‘cutting’ as process and form and was informed by the changing role of the book as the world moves to primarily digital delivery systems.
For the exhibition, Brooke installed an empty scroll book, inviting those who attended to mark it with blue masking tape and blue ink pens. Upon closing, the unfurling revealed a motley but contained collection of writing, scribbles, lines, tape and words. These marks became the prima materia for Cuts Make You.
Upon the closing of the exhibit, Brooke cut up, printed upon and cut into the scroll, applying the similar methods that attendees used during the exhibit. Applying tape randomly to the surfaces, she printed over it with a die cut of the floor plan of the gallery to reference the place of the exhibit. Over and on the masked tyvek, she printed to cut out new spaces. Cutting and printing generated pages and ideas. The result is a series of books that hold and reference the archival and ephemeral of the exhibit.