Su Lund ~ California

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Su Lund, Sarasota Arts Review, 1992: "I have come to understand that books are ideas. When we make books, our ideas are manifested into objects. Books are effective tools of expression. Who can censor my ideas when I am self-publishing my ideas into my own books? My materials are archival, my structures are sound, and so my ideas have the ability to survive a thousand years. The best made artist's books will be our rare books of the future. Books will always endure as message carriers. As Marshall McLuhan stated, 'The medium is the message, the message is the medium.' The primary direction of my work is the creation of the whole book as art object, by combining traditional bookbinding techniques with personal content and contemporary artistic expression. I am equally concerned with the painted 'page,' the building an archival structure, and an intricate exterior packaging. My goal is to create objects of personal transformation, social importance, transmitting a spiritual/mystical message. Books are a powerful form by which I can present my vision and beliefs."

Notes on Pattern
By Su Lund
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Su Lund, 1984. One-of-a-Kind.

5.25 x 3.75" closed, extends to 24". Concertina binding. Mixed media paintings. Handwritten notes. Japanese handmade papers. Miniature hand-colored, intaglio etchings onlaid on book cover and box cover as well as title page and colophon. Bound in antique Japanese silk. Laid in clamshell box with matching silk covers. Signed and dated by the artist.

"Notes on Pattern" contains five definitions of the word pattern. Illustrations accompanying the definitions include drawings of Guatemalan textiles, ceramic tiles, fan and shell shapes, and behavioral patterns on ceramics.

Notes on Pattern is bound in antique handwoven silk from Kyoto, Japan. The material was brought to the US by the artist's father after WWII. Lund's mother, a trained tailor/dress designer, used silk in dressmaking. The remaining silk was used for the binding this book and Tsutsumu.

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Unavailable and out of print work by Su Lund:  

All Andy All the Time
By Su Lund
Sante Fe, New Mexico: Su Lund, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

10.25 x 0.5 x 4" closed; 10.25 x 17.5 x 4" open. Wood construction with brass and metal parts, pigments, photos, Andy quotes, wooden letters, Catholic medal, dominoes, interactive Andy "Famous 15 Minutes" punch card, "Believe" brass star, dollar bills, star charts, wood blocks and orbs, found objects, glass optics.

Su Lund: "A playful tribute to Andy. The interactive punch card on the cover shows 15 punches floating; but, Andy has reached superstar status and gets an extra five punches. The eye is from a 1964 ad photo. References to Edi Sedgwick, Pop Stars, Game playing, Andy's Catholic faith, obsession with dollars, etc. Use of many Andy photos refers to his quote, 'I told them I didn't believe in art, that I believed in photography.' 'Believe' gold star included, and several great Andy quotes."

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Dylan: Desire #61
By Su Lund
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Su Lund, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 15 x 4". Sculptural wall book. Wood construction. Materials: pigments, metal, glass, photos, eggshell, maps, wire, Dylan lyrics, and found objects.

Su Lund: "As a fellow Minnesotan, this piece refers to Dylan's personal journey 'on the road' from MN to NY to CA. References include: Highway 61, Desire, Dylan lyrics about transformation and change, luck, fortune, religion, water, Gemini astrology, star maps, hands and time. 'Don't blame me, I'm from MN' button is from the Reagan reelection in 1984. Minnesotans wore these buttons (made by an artist friend of mine) and black armbands to protest the election. Only Minnesota and Washington D.C. did not vote for Reagan in that election."


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Fortune Teller II
By Su Lund
Sarasota, Florida: Su Lund, 1991. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 9.75" closed, opens to 12 x 9.75"; two leaves. Mixed media on binder's board. Materials: paper and silk on-lays, pigments, eggshell, mesh Florida citrus orange bag, brass corners, printed text.

Lund attended Ringling School of Art & Design (Sarasota) ... and returned to the area from 1989-1992 when she had a studio on the Gulf of Mexico. Fortune Teller II is from this period and is a relatively early example for her experiments with materials and shimmering color. Later examples of this style can be found in her Seeker-Healer series.

Su Lund: "The colors are reflections of the colors and sparkle of the
Florida Gulf in my view of Siesta Key."

The two snippets of text reflect rosy wisdom in the mode of fortune cookie visions:

    Good things are coming to you in due course of time.
    The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Su Lund: "I made these Fortune Tellers as small standing altars or shrines and put crystals and healing stones in front of them."

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The Japanese Package

By Su Lund
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Su Lund, 1984. One-of-a-Kind.

45 x 6.25 x 1.25" closed, 5 x 71.25" extended; 22 pages. Pen-and-ink drawings with notes by the artist.

Japanese paper on-lays. Handmade papers. Concertina binding. Bound in antique handwoven silk from Kyoto, Japan [brought to the US by the artist's father after WWII]. ...Housed in matching clamshell box with tiny intaglio etching on-lays. Binding by the artist.

Ten drawings by the artist illustrating different types of Japanese packaging. Notes written by the artist regarding style or some characteristic of the particular packaging.

Colophon: "The design on the title page is a stylized version of the Sino-Japanese ideograph tsutsumu (to wrap). All information taken from Tsutsumu: The Art of the Japanese Package by Tokyo designer, scholar, and critic, Mr. Hideyuki Oka."

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