This November, Siglio will be releasing a collection of rarely seen, hard-to-find, and previously unpublished works by the artist Jess called O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica (edited by Michael Duncan). One of our (many) ambitions with this book was to make sure the works were truly legible. Jess’s verbal and visual density is virtually impenetrable in most reproductions. The large-scale works, even when exhibited, provide much more to examine and ponder than any sane person could possibly accomplish during a single gallery visit. Many of the works were made as artist’s books, so in both exhibitions and publications, you most often get to see only a single spread. In this book, you can spend a long time looking, discovering the kaleidoscope of details that compose the infinite universe of each Jess work.
The design of the book contributes to that legibility in multiple ways—it lays flat so that little is lost in the gutter; the images are reproduced very large and as close to actual size as possible in most cases; the entirety of each artist’s book is included; and we made the book as exuberant as Jess’s work with little surprises to discover here and there. (The single large-scale work we included is a 19″ x 25″ posted that’s hidden as the inside of a french-folded dust jacket). There is also, of course, the tactile joy of the uncoated paper (which I discussed in the earlier “Proof” post about Siglio’s October release The Address Book by Sophie Calle). Steve Heller also revels in this particular detail on The Daily Heller blog.
So here’s the thrill of the final batch of match proofs—an enormous stack for the 192-page book! A little taste of what’s in store in the book itself…