Ghost Towns of the Enchanted Circle
Poems by John Poch
Images by Ryan Burkhart
Orlando, Florida: Flying Horse Editions, 2008. Edition of 35.
8 x 6.25" closed; 18 pages. Two structures: the text is codex; the images fold out accordion style. Text printed in Adobe Jenson Pro font on a Vandercook Proofing Press onto archival paper using handset type. Images printed on Arches Infinity rag paper. Layout, typesetting, and design by Ryan Burkhart and Larry Cooper.
Ryan Burkhart: "The Enchanted Circle is an area of the Southwest which begins in West Texas and moves into New Mexico. Gold Miners took this route sometimes in the journey to Colorado and California....
"... John has really cut a new cloth from the landscape and his inner thoughts. It's a really wonderful inner vision and I'm so happy I could serve as the artist of record. It's 6 x 8 inches, but the package is deceiving as it folds out to over 5 feet, to unveil my landscape panorama. "
$350 (A few copies remaining)
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By David Humphrey and Sharon Mesmer
2003. Edition of 80 copies.
Letterpress printed. Photographic images tipped in by hand after printing the screenprints, etchings, and letterpress text. Signed by Humphrey and Mesmer.
The title, a palindrome, reads "Lonely Tylenol" — the same front-to-back, back-to-front. Transparent overlay pages showing separate, yet interlinking human forms, long with screen prints taken from digital photos of his large abstract paintings and other digital snapshots, are wed to edgy, racy words from poet Sharon Mesmer.
Humphrey calls himself a hybridizer and hunter-gatherer. Others call him a pop surrealist. "I’m always on the lookout for images in the culture, in the vernacular," he says. "I filter that material through my own personal sensibility. I use material in the public domain to articulate subjectivity. I hybridize through use of transparent pages that let you see one image through the other to see how they recombine to create a different image," Humphrey explains. "I place a woman’s head on a man’s head and his head becomes her body. They are linked naturalistically in the service of humor, a feeling or a social observation. I find images in photos I have made, in ads or the media. Sometimes, I make them up. My art is comprised of materials we’ve all experienced. It’s a language that is the result of my imagination."