Gone Awry Project Planning



This is an experiment in book form.

This is an experiment in artist book form.

Instead of a book composed of a sequence of all-the-same size pages and spreads of two facing pages, Gone Awry is intended to be a linear list of pages with individual spread sizes constructed as multiples of one, two, three, or four individual pages. (This is what the second column on the index means.)

So, instead of opening a conventional book and seeing a spread of page one and two, Gone Awry is intended to be displayed as page-one-two-three-four as one spread, page-five-six as the second spread, etc. In this way, the bound object can tessellate out, like a solar sail. Expanding out from the confines of the space occupied by the bound object to occupy two, three, four times the size.

Is this what electronic books will look like, when iPads have stretchable screens? Micro-ized projection? The physical book form adapts to a new form after examining the opportunity offered by electronic counterparts. What is a book? What is a scroll?

If it is to be viewed all at once (let’s admit this is unlikely due to the massive size), then the spread end and beginning are expected to form one plane, and the next spread is intended to be at an angle veering off. So, it would be viewed as a long squiggle. This is different than Yve Klein’s Store Poème (Scroll Poem, 1960) although this work is charmingly related in literary genre and total length.

Pages as per version two. Final composition shifted for the version three scaling operation.

The paper is KM04, Natural Kozo with Gampi from Hiromi Paper in Santa Monica. Each 25″ x 38″ sheet is cut in half vertically, and then imaged via high-resolution inkjet.

Of Interest:

1) Kathan Brown, Paradise, 1982

2) Yves Klein, Store Poème (Scroll Poem), 1962 (1480 x 77.9cm)

3) Ansel Adams, Sierra Nevada the John Muir Trail, 1938

4) Robinson Jeffers, Granite and Cypress, 1975

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