Amaranth Borsuk ~ Washington


Share this page: "A poet and scholar, Amaranth Borsuk’s work focuses on textual materiality – from the surface of the page to the surface of language."
Between Page and Screen
written by Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse
Los Angeles: Otis College of Art, 2011. Edition of 12.

7 x 7”; 42 pages. Printed on a Vandercook proof press. Digitally set in URW Grotesk. Hand-printed from photopolymer plates on Rives RFK paper. Includes copy of the trade edition.

Amaranth Borsuk: "Between Page and Screen is a book of poems that contains no text, only stark black-and-white geometric shapes and a web address leading to, where the reader follows instructions to display the book on his or her webcam. Our software detects the square markers in the book and projects poems mapped to the surface of the page. Because the animations move with the book, they appear to inhabit real three-dimensional space—a kind of digital pop-up book.

"The poems – a series of cryptic letters between P and S, two lovers struggling to define the bounds of their relationship, do not exist on either page or screen, but in the augmented space between them opened up by the reader."

One of the original letterpress edition created at Otis College of Art Lab Press, this is a display copy, unnumbered. A handwritten list of exhibitions in which it was displaced are listed.
$750 (Last Copy)

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Amaranth Borsuk Out of Print Title:  
Sunt Lacrimae Rerum
By Amaranth Borsuk
Seattle: Amaranth Borsuk, 2012. Edition of 13.

3 x 3 x 3" closed, extends to 76.5"; 28 pages. Accordion structure. Stonehenge paper. Papercutting with a plotter/cutter and by hand with an X-acto Knife. Housed in acrylic box with slide panel opening. Signed and numbered by the artist.

University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library, Violence – Book art about violence: "Created in response to the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad’s street of booksellers, Sunt Lacrimae Rerum mourns the loss of both books and bodies. It takes its title from Aeneas’s words of sorrow uttered before a Carthaginian mural depicting the Trojan War. Tragedy must be brought home to us, but how can we relay the depths of loss – a very idea predicated on absence? This reliquary is part lachrymatory: it contains a book whose text of tears is designed to tear away at itself each time the book is displayed. Pleated into an accordion, it plays the elegy for its own effacement as, gradually, the cut-out letters catch on one another, pulling themselves up and off the page until they may fall away entirely. Not only is the book’s texture designed to transform, but its text does as well: page by page, one letter of the phrase changes at each turn. Although right now, 'these are the tears of things,' over time we might enter a space 'where all the tears embraced.'"

Melissa Green, Center for Book Arts, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: "Sunt Lacrimae Rerum by Amaranth Borsuk, combined a traditional book structure with a more sculptural sensibility. When we unwrapped the piece, it was inside a clear acrylic cube that revealed the small accordion inside. There were letterforms cut out of each panel, but it was impossible to read the words. Instead, the effect was a systematically perforated text block with light streaming through holes. Once opened, each panel revealed a phrase cut from the paper, but not completely removed from the page – still holding on at the base of each letter. At first glance, it seemed as if all the pages bore the same phrase, but upon closer look, I noticed that each one was slightly different from the last, varying by only a single word. But by the end of the book, the text had transformed into something completely different."
$250 (SOLD)

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