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Re: [BKARTS] BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 9 Jul 2005 to 10 Jul 2005 (#2005-191)

Dear Laura,

I think your artists' book information sheet is very well done and would be
extremely useful in helping curators and cataloguers more accurately
describe the materials they handle.  I've been a cataloguer for many years
and for the last two years have been cataloguing the artists' books
collection at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  Sometimes
dealers have included a small strip of paper with a brief description of the
book, most likely originally supplied by the artist, but more often not.
Since such information may be costly to include in a dealer's printed
catalogue (or may become separated from the book), perhaps publishing the
more comprehensive descriptions on the web, as what Printed Matter does so
well, would be a solution.  Additionally, the artist may also supply this
useful cataloguing data on his/her own web site.  Regardless of where or how
this valuable contextual information is provided, having it available would
certainly help expedite the processing of artists' books, as well as enable
cataloguers to more accurately and consistently describe and assign subject
headings for these wonderful materials.

Elizabeth Spatz
Graduate Student, UCLA Department of Library and Information Science



Date:    Sat, 9 Jul 2005 22:38:03 -0700
From:    Laura Russell <laura@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Artist Book Information Sheet


Title: Colfax Day & Night
Author/Artist/Photographer: All images and text created by Laura Russell
Binder: All binding by Laura Russell
Concept: Original concept by Laura Russell

Book Format: Two-sided spiral binding with pages opening left and=20
right. Daytime photo of each vintage neon sign appears of left side of=20=

the split-page spread, and a nighttime shot of the same sign appears on=20=

the right side.

Edition Size: 100 copies total of two production editions (quantity of=20=

each depends on demand). This book bound on demand until edition is=20

Deluxe Edition: Wrap-around Plexiglas hard-backed cover and clamshell=20
Soft Edition: Just the interior spiral-bound structure, Mylar covers

Production Specifications: Archival digital "giclee" printing on Mohawk=20=

Superfine paper. Black book cloth covering on deluxe edition. All=20
materials used are archival quality.
Size: 10=94 wide x 8.5=94 tall
Number of Pages: 19 pages on each side
Number of Images: 34 original color photographs
Signed and Numbered: Yes
Creation Date:  Conceived, photographed, designed and produced in 2003
Retail Price:   Deluxe edition: $375         Soft cover edition: $150
ISBN:   None

Marketing Descriptive: Colfax Avenue is an amazing street. It=92s past =
a colorful history of roadside landmarks and infamous travelers. It=92s=20=

present is a different kind of colorful, still vibrant and very much=20
alive. Colfax Day & Night is a photographic journey down Denver=92s=20
infamous Avenue. Nighttime and daytime photographs of fast-disappearing=20=

vintage neon signs are presented side-by-side to see how the soul of=20
the street transforms day to night.

Back Story: I started taking photographs of vintage neon signs during=20
my years as a graphic designer. I was looking for examples of=20
interesting fonts or typography to use in my graphic design projects.=20
Now my efforts to photograph these signs are not only a study of our=20
graphic history, but also my own small effort to document and preserve=20=

our ephemeral cultural landscape. Vintage neon signs are endangered by=20=

the development and growth of our urban areas and very few preservation=20=

efforts. Most of the signs I photograph were built between 1930 and=20
Colfax Avenue was the main road through Denver before I-70 was built in=20=

the early 1960s. It was famous as a tourist stopover with kitchy hotels=20=

and roadside attractions. And it became infamous through the writings=20
of authors such as Jack Kerouac. Denverite's still claim their beloved=20=

Colfax to be "the longest continuous street in America" as it travels=20
more than 20 miles though the heart of downtown Denver from the=20
foothills to the plains. Today, parts of Colfax are enjoying a=20
redevelopment boom, which threatens its aging strip joints, cheap=20
motels, dive bars and liquor stores. Sadly, this intriguing visual and=20=

cultural landscape will slowly fade into the sunset.
I shot the photographs for this book during my last few months living=20
in Denver. As we prepared to move to the Pacific Northwest, I became=20
very sentimental for this town that I called home for almost 20 years.=20=

I felt a need to shoot these signs as if they were friends I would=20
never see again. I will always miss Colfax Avenue and its vibrant soul.


So, what do you think? This document would travel with the actual book.=20=

If some of my descriptions are unclear you can see the book on my web=20
site at: www.laurarussell.net/Colfax.html

Thanks for your help with this. I truly would appreciate any ideas for=20=

making this more useful.

Have a good day,


Laura Russell
Portland, OR


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