Darkness and Light, Words of Etty Hillesum: hand-bound, letterpress printed and laser cut, limited edition flag book by Don Widmer, item 265

Darkness and Light, Words of Etty Hillesum: hand-bound, letterpress printed and laser cut, limited edition flag book by Don Widmer, item 265

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  • Handmade
  • Materials: paper, ink, PVA glue, Scotch 415 tape, book board, box

The sculptural flag book is an artist book with image and text attached as strips of paper (flags) to the accordion spine. When opened, the image fragments combine into a panoramic spread. "Darkness and Light" presents a collection of quotes by Etty Hillesum (1914-43), a Dutch intellectual, mystic and writer, who documented her life during the German occupation of Amsterdam and her experiences at Westerbork concentration camp. Etty's writings reveal the capacity of the human spirit to embrace life with compassion in the midst of dire circumstances. She died at Auschwitz.

The visual imagery is inspired by the paintings of Julian Stanczak (1929-2017). His precise measurements, geometric patterns and color manipulation produce startling effects, as the artist seeks to explore visual perception. Julian's paintings "appear to pulse with rhythmic movement and a radiant spectrum of flickering light." His experiences in a Siberian labor camp and Polish refugee camp influenced his artwork.

The book can be paged through to read the text or expanded so that the flags criss cross and overlap, creating a shimmering interplay of shadow and light. The back spine of the book also expands to reveal a subtly shifting geometric pattern. The book was letterpress printed on a Vandercook 4 proof press at Spudnik Press in Chicago.

This book is produced in a limited edition of five and comes numbered and signed by the artist. It includes short biographical information about Etty Hillesum and Julian Stanczak, as well as a colophon detailing the materials used to construct the book. It comes housed in a custom clamshell box (made by the artist), covered and lined in Asahi book cloth. This book was completed in July 2020.

Box Size: 13 x 7.5 x 1.25 inches; 33 x 19 x 3 cm.
Book Size: 12 x 6.75 x .5 inches (expands to 31 inches); 30.5 x 17 x 1.25 cm. (expands to 79 cm.)
Free shipping. Package weight = 2 lbs; 907 g

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