Viewpoint Editions ~ Florida
(Dorothy Simpson Krause)

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Dorothy Simpson Krause: "I am a painter by training and collage-maker by nature who began my experimental printmaking with reprographic machines. Since being introduced to computers in the late 1960’s when working on my doctorate at Penn State, I have combined traditional and digital media. My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning."
   

Environmental issues
Women as subjects

 
   

WarZone:
a traveling board game with no winner

By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Viewpoint Editions, 2017. Edition of 10.

10.375" x 12.875" x 1.5" hard-plastic hinged case containing four magnet playing pieces and two game boards. Printed at Roland DGA on the LEF-300, a flatbed printer with white and gloss inks. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "'WarZone: a traveling board game with no winner' is designed to be played anywhere other than in your own country. Instructions, game board, spinner board and game pieces are housed in a clear plastic suitcase.

"In the top of the suitcase, an image of the first atomic bomb blast is overlaid with a definition of war as 'armed conflict, prosecuted with military forces aiming to enforce the political will of the victor upon the defeated.' It also contains information about human aggression from prehistory to the present and questions whether war is noble or morally problematic and destructive of lives and property.

"The Spinner Board, printed onto stiff board and contour cut to fit into in the bottom of the suitcase, allows you to choose the country in which to play and gives information on ongoing conflicts around the world. The countries shown on the map in black and around the outer edge of the circle have ongoing military conflicts that result in more than 1,000 violent deaths per year, including both military and civilians. Other conflicts are shown in red on the map. You can turn the spinner to select a country in which to participate or choose from the list of additional war zones.

"The Rules of Engagement state that you can place your soldier on any square of the game board and move randomly any number of spaces in any direction. You need not take turns and can remove the soldiers of any other player at will, unless you are removed first. If you are on a square with information and instructions, do as you are told.

"The Game Board resembles a checkerboard with squares which give instructions such as 'no weapons found: look again,' 'tour of duty extended: start over,' and 'peace negotiations begun: pray for success.' The red and black checker-like pieces are 'us' and 'them.'

"The game never ends, but may move to a different place of engagement. There are no winners, only losers."
$600


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FL
By Dorothy Simpson Krause and Stephanie Wolff
[Boca Raton, Florida]: Jaffe Center for the Book Arts, 2015.
Edition of 10 variants.

3.5 x 7"; 12 pages. Flutter book. Letterpress printed. Laid in wrapper with slit-and-slot closure. Signed and numbered by the artists.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "Stephanie Wolff was the current Salzburg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University, when she and Dorothy Krause, the first Resident, decided to collaborate on this ode to Florida. On the Center's Vandercook 4 proof press they used wood type, a wood engraving, and pressure plate printing with ink and blind embossing with a polymer plate map of the area. An assortment of vintage documents, maps, photographs, and botanicals were inkjet transferred onto the pages of Arches 88 paper, creating the variability of this edition. The colophon with a map of Florida was laser printed. Bound as a flutter book adhered at fore-edge, this book lends itself to being displayed as a sculptural object. Soft cover, with plant inclusion end papers and a wrapper of handmade paper."

Jaffe Center for the Book Arts: "Stephanie Wolff has a long history with the book arts, both in the creation of books and their conservation. She worked for nearly ten years in conservation at Preservation Services and the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she developed excellent bench skills. But a skilled fixer of books can also be a skilled maker of books, and aside from her work in conservation, Stephanie has been creating unique bindings and limited edition artists' books for years. History is of great interest to her and her work often taps into history, utilizing archives and historical records as a starting point for her books."
$800

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PreScribe
By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Boca Raton, Florida: Jaffe Center for the Book Arts, 2015.
Edition of 10.

11.5 x 7.25"; 12 pages. Recycled ledger pages. Laid in 12 x 18" box. Signed by the artist

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "In this portfolio, images are printed on pages from a prescription ledger kept by a pharmacy in the late 1800's and housed in a black paper-over-boards box lined with red handmade paper. The imagery is taken from work that was produced during an Artist-in-Residency at Harvard's Countway Library, one of the world's leading collections of medical history. Photographs of their anatomical specimens, medical artifacts, rare books, and manuscripts are incorporated.

"The processes include prints onto the ledger pages using Pronto, Toray and Solar intaglio and planographic plates, and Gocco screens. The title page, introduction, and colophon are letterpress printed on Rives BFK tan. The font used for the title is Ambulance Shotgun by Guillaume Seguin."

$900 (Last two copies)

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Exploring the environment and concerns of a degrading landscape
   
Rivers of Grass
By Dorothy Simpson Krause
[Boca Raton, Florida]: Minerva: The Press at Wimberly, 2012.
Edition of 36.

*Minerva: The Press at Wimberly is the book arts press at Florida Atlantic University. Wimberly is the library at FAU.

10.5 x 7.5"; 19 leaves. Yu Kou paper heavy, on the Oki C9650 laser printer with letterpress overlay printed on the Vandercook 4 with metallic inks. Interleaved with Yu Kou light. Envelope enclosure of Lokta Oil Paper, saddle brown, referencing a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. Native mahogany tree seedpod closure with rawhide and thread tie

The portfolio is comprised of ten 7 x 10" folios that combine the artist's images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents, and maps.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half its original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass.

"In addition to the book portfolio I produced during my residency, to capture the grandeur of this unique region, I combined photography, painting, and printmaking techniques on surfaces as diverse as aluminum and fresco. The resulting images focus on the beauty of this rare ecosystem in its pristine reflectivity and, in the eroded surfaces, it’s fragility."

$875 (Last Copy)

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Visions
Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Book design by Dorothy Simpson Krause
Marshfield, Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2011. Edition of 15.

7" x 5"; 32 pages. Printed by an HP Indigo 5500 on Mohawk Superfine 80# cover paper. Lucinda Handwriting font text. Case binding of Asahi fabric over boards with gold spine. Title and author gold-foil stamped using Mistral font on gold oriental paper. Endsheets of mustard gold Lokta paper. Housed in gold organza bag with gold drawstring ties.

The artists' book Visions was created out of the artist's series of the same title featuring monoprints and emulsion transfers.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "Using Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem 'Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment,' composed in 1797 after an opium induced dream, this book incorporates images from three related bodies of work. The vision shown is of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers, and a sacred river where 'The shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves.' These haunting images of submerged architectural passageways, lit from within, reflect the branches of trees and illuminate floating leaves and flowers. A beautiful destruction."
$500

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Losing Ground
By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Marshfield, Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2009. Edition of 100.

12 x 12”, 44 pages. Printed on the HP Indigo 5500 on Mohawk Options 65 cover of 100% post consumer content with renewable wind power. 8 x 8" embossed and patinated copper title plate inset on front cover. Bound in black Brillianta book cloth. In matching clamshell box with magnet closure.

This clarion call for the environment comes out of a traveling exhibition of the same name created by Dorothy Simpson Krause. This digitally printer version is the mid-tier form of the book. It also exists in a print-on-demand version as well as a deluxe edition of 6 bound in Nigerian goat.

Viewpoint Editions: "Images from many series of Krause's work … were collaged in Adobe Photoshop into 12 x 12” double-page spreads. The text, selected from the publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was made a part of the images using the appropriately named font "Dirty Ergo" by Eduardo Recife. Details printed on vellum, silver, and photo gloss papers were tipped into the book. Graphite, colored pencils, markers, metallic pigments, and gold leaf were used to add texture and reflectivity. Mylar stencils were cut by Universal Laser Systems to facilitate the application of embossing powder and leaf."

Clare Baker, Printing with Purpose, June 2009: "How does someone express the idea that our fragile environment is in trouble? Scientists and researchers use numbers and statistics to communicate this point. Activists and politicians may relate a story full of detail and examples to get their statement across. Fine artists, often without those same communication tools, often create artwork that visually speaks to the subject matter.

"Artist Dorothy Simpson Krause did just this with her recent exhibition Losing Ground—a visual commentary on how the effects of a growing global population and global warming are causing a figurative and literal loss of ground.".
$900 (Last Copy)


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Women and women's issues in the work of Dorothy Simpson Krause
   

Ladies of the Night
By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Viewpoint Editions, 2017. Edition of 10

10” x 12” x ½” hinged aluminum box containing accordion book. Printed at Roland DGA, the pages on their VersaUV LEC-330. Accordion structure 57” long, folds to six 9.5" x 11.5" pages inside and 6 pages outside. Signed by the artist. Aluminum box image printed on Roland DGA LEF-300, a flatbed printer with white and gloss inks.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "Ladies of the Night used photographs of twin performance artists, Abigail and Emily Taylor.

"Prostitution is the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity for payment. As with other countries, prostitution in the US can be divided into three broad categories: street prostitution, brothel prostitution, and escort prostitution.

"There are an estimated 1 million prostitutes in the US. Most have a high school diploma and many have attended college. Many enter the sex industry to provide for their families when they have exhausted all other options. Nevada is the only state in the U.S. to allow legal prostitution – in the form of regulated brothels, although it exists in most parts of the country.

"Street prostitutes are attacked physically on average of once per month — 68% reported having been raped and 82% reported having been physically assaulted. Their death rate is 6 times that of the general population and more than double that of fishing workers, the highest fatality profession.

"Between 70,000 and 80,000 people are arrested each year for prostitution costing taxpayers approximately $200 million. Of arrests related to prostitution 10% are the customers, 20% are pimps or male prostitutes and 70% are female prostitutes.

"Prostitution in the US is estimated to generate $14 billion a year, more than drugs and guns combined. Approximately 10% of customers pay with credit cards.

"Craigslist no longer lists 'adult services'; however, Backpage.com makes an average of $22 million a year from adult classifieds."
$750


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HERetic: Joan of Arc
By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Marshfield, Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2009. Edition of 55.

7 x 5 x .5"; 56 unnumbered pages. Fonts: German Latin (sepia) for the text; Uncial (red) for history; William Shakespeare used for numerals; 10th-Century Bookhand (gold) for the words of Joan of Arc. Printed by Acme Bookbinding on the HP Indigo press 5500 on Mohawk Via Superfine Eggshell 100# text. Bound in Mohawk 80# cover. Housed in a phase box [boxes are used to house brittle or otherwise fragile books that do not warrant replacement or reformatting, but which the collection manager wishes to retain within the collection] designed to resemble a well worn library enclosure for a rare book with semi-appropriate cards, rubber stamps and written notations. Cotton tie closure.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "This small tribute to Joan of Arc resembles a limp vellum prayer book of a kind that she might have carried during her battles. On each left hand page is text from Le Ditie de Jehanne d'Arc by Christine de Pizan, a French poetess. Written in 1429 when Joan was at the height of her successful campaign, it celebrates her life and achievements. On each facing page, an image, incorporating photographs from the extensive collection of Joan of Arc memorabilia of the Boston Public Library, is combined with comments on Joan of Arc's brief history. The pages covering her trial for heresy incorporate Joan's own words, taken from the trial document."
$350 (Last Copy)


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Little Red
a cautionary tale for girls of all ages

By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Marshfield, Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2007. Edition of 26.

6.5 x 5'' closed; 6.5 x 20" open; 4 panels with 6 printed pages. Concertina construction. Printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper. Bound in printed red canvas cover. Illustrated cover with modified Gustaf Doré etching.

Gustaf Doré etchings combined with words from an Ellen Steiber poem put a new twist on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale — a cautionary tale for women of all ages even today.

Sometimes, I explain, it's hard to tell the difference between the ones who love you and the ones who will eat you alive.

SGIA Journal, First Quarter 2009, Crossing Borders: "Krause was inspired to create Little Red by finding a Little Red Riding Hood doll whose skirt flipped over to reveal a wolf while an embedded music box played Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. She chose to use three Gustaf Doré etchings and a phrase from a poem by Ellen Steiber, "Silver and Gold," for the book's content. The book's back [the back side of the accordion] has a longer portion of the Steiber poem and a picture of the doll."
$450


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Vengeance is Mine
By Dorothy Simpson Krause
Marshfield, Massachusetts: Viewpoint Editions, 2003. Edition of 20.

4.5 x 4.5 closed; 4.5 x 40" open. Accordion-fold book. Inkjet print on Epson fine art paper. Typeface: FF Beowolf™ (Erick van Blokland, Just van Rossum). Bound with lead-wrapped wood covers with a copper ornament. Satin ribbon tie closure. Words and images by Dorothy Simpson Krause. Original photographs by Jan Doucette, Mary Taylor, and Richard Krause.

Dorothy Simpson Krause: "This book is part of the series, body + soul, which began with photographs of twin performance artists, Emily and Abigail Taylor. The text … refers to mothers whose children are sacrificed. The cover is lead, both beautiful and dangerous, with a metal lily referencing life."
$600 (Last Copy)


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