HOW THE ATOMIZER BOMBED
Oh boy, was the Christmas going down the hot air register at that point. It was going down! Just dead! My old man takes it again. Ah-eeeek ah-eeeek. Ah-eeeek. “Let me look at this thing.” He goes out into the kitchen, he takes his pliers. There was a little nozzle on the front. He takes this nozzle off, and he opens it and he looks through. He says, “For crying out loud, it’s stuffed up!” He takes a toothpick and he’s poking it through and he’s pretending like he’s fixing it. He blows through it. “Now it’ll work.” He screws the nozzle on again Ah-eeeek ah-eeeek. He says, “There, it’s working!”
I say, “Lemme see, lemee see!”
“No, it’s working, don’t worry about it. It’s working.” Ah-eeeek ah-eeeek. “Why don’t you get back and play with your sled. Ann, it’s working now.” Ah-eeeek ah-eeeek. Nothing is coming out and he’s hoking it up. “Hey, it’s working now, Ann.” Ah-eeeek ah-eeeek.
“Ah, what do ya mean? It’s not working, dad. It’s not working at all. I can tell it’s not working at all.”
Ah-eeeek ah-eeeek. He says, “Go on back. Look, it’s working good. You can smell the perfume!”
Of course, the thing smelled of “Evening in Paris” all the way from here to Indiana Harbor and back.
He holds it up. “Can you smell that?”
I say “Yeah.”
“Well now, you see, it’s working, isn’t it?”
“Yeah. Even I won’t admit it. “Yeah. Yeah.”
My mom says, “See, it’s working, isn’t it?”
Yeah. We all agree it’s working—yeah.
END OF ATOMIZER STORY!
Tim Ely’s Alchemy & Lois Morrison‘s Marco Bull
I own a couple of elegant, one-of-a-kind artists’ books. The two here are sufficiently outstanding and different from each other so that I think of them together and show them as a special group of two.
THE ALCHEMY OF INVESTIGATION by Tim Ely
Ely’s typical work depicts what appears to be an alien landscape with a map-like form. The intelligent and apparently scientifically-oriented inhabitants have their own alphabet and indecipherable, diagrammatic signs and calculations. The second layout has a number of cutouts (shown here in white) that allow one to see the page underneath. The techniques used include hand lettering and some airbrush, which colors the pages beneath through some of the openings. The top image is the dimensional front of the book with a metallic finish. The book is about 7” X 7” and contains 4 fold-out panels, each double-sided. Many of Ely’s one-of-a-kind books are larger, and thus, more visually complex.
THE TRAVELS OF MARCO BULL by Lois Morrison
Morrision’s work is sometimes constructed with hand-made, sewn-on shapes and hand-stitched text, as is this one-of-a-kind book, which includes an elaborate, separate cover. The recycled maps are made of cloth by the military so that, if drenched in water, they remain usable. Her work, as in this example, exhibits a playful wit. Another series focuses on St. Ostriche, of which one is cloth and one is a pop-up book. This book is about 8” h X 6.5” w, with about 10 panels, with content on both sides.
These two books suggest a bit of the unpredictable variety
encompassed in the world of artists’ books.
A page spread (slightly cropped) from “Sighte,”a limited edition printed book by Tim Ely (art) and Joe Napora (text), hand-printed, on hand-made paper by Ruth Lingen.
A page spread from one-of a kind cloth book, “The Miracles of Ste. Ostriche” by Lois Morrison.