Current Issue: JAB42: The 5-Alive Issue | Fall 2017

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JAB42 includes four essays based on talks given at the Artist Book Brisbane Event, Queensland College of Art, in July 2017. Tim Mosely, Professor of Art at QCA, has been the organizer of abbe for the past eight years, and speakers come from around the world to talk about the theory and practice of artist books. Another essay in this issue by Márcia Oliveira explores the wonderful artist books of Louise Bourgeois.

Three original artist books are included with JAB42.

Chris George’s enigmatic yet stunningly beautiful The Past is Better Than the Present and the Future is Nowhere will keep the viewer entranced.

The Walls are Talking by Rick Rowland presents in short stories and photographs the plight of developmentally disabled people faced with abuse but unable to seek help. This is a gripping tale that is also timely and much needed.

Karen Wirth’s Paper Architecture turns photographs she has taken of Florentine buildings and images of images of these buildings in a tour-de-force of abstraction that takes full advantage of the structure of the book.

Read, explore, enjoy…

…just be sure to watch out for that left uppercut.

JAB42 Table of Contents

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    Essays based on presentations at
    Queensland College of Art

  • Betwixt & Between
      by <usus>: Uta Schneider & Ulrike Stoltz
  • Memorandum: From Concept to Publication
      by Ana Paula Estrada
  • Handling the Folds: An Intimate Encounter
      by Bridget Hillebrand
  • A Lively Phantom
      by Marian Crawford

  • Weaving the Archive: Some Notes on the Artists’ Books of Louise Bourgeois
      by Márcia Oliveira

    Inserted Artists’ Books
    (Click on images below for larger views)

    ~ The Past is Better Than the Present and the Future is Nowhere
      by Chris George

  • ~ The Walls are Talking
      by Rick Rowland

    ~ Paper Architecture
      by KarenWirth

~ Colophon

JAB42 was designed and offset printed on the Heidelberg GTO52 (ein farben) at the Center for Book, Paper and Print, Columbia College Chicago by Brad Freeman. The body text is set in Harriet, and the headlines are set in Cholla. The paper is Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Smoooove 28 lb. writing for the text, and 80 lb. for the cover.
Continuing on as our fearless and somewhat enigmatic webmaster is Kathi Beste, backup doo-wops courtesy of the Book Artists Sunshine Band.

Founder and Editor
Brad Freeman

Advisory Board
Luan Barros
Kathi Beste
Johanna Drucker
Helen Frederick
Brandon Graham
Debra Parr
Tate Shaw
April Sheridan
Philip Zimmermann

<usus> Hexentreppe (Witches Stair), 1988
From the essay Betwixt & Between by <usus>: Uta Schneider and Ulrike Stoltz
Based on a talk given at Artist Book Brisbane, 2017


JAB (The Journal of Artists’ Books) is indexed in The H.W. Wilson Company, Art Abstracts, CSA’s ARTbibliographies Modern, and in Bibliography of the History of Art.