It is Almost That (Box)
Lisa Pearson (editor)
Ten artists invited to use the booklet as a space for play
Signed and numbered edition of 85, with each artist signing the dust jackets of her booklets, housed in a 9 × 6 × 5 in. hinged wood box.
Inspired by the Great Bear pamphlets produced by Something Else Press in the 1960s, Siglio offered ten artists (whose work also appears in the book It Is Almost That: A Collection of Image+Text Work by Women Artists and Writers) a simple, open space for play and experimentation. Some relate directly to their contributions in the collection, such as Molly Springfield’s drawn and copied notes for “Translation,” or the complete text of House of Dust by Alison Knowles to accompany the artifactual images in the book. Others are different pieces altogether such as Helen Kim’s imitation of the program for a boy’s boxing match with portraits of the children, or details from Jane Hammond’s paintings of riddles, glyphs and rebuses.
Each is a window into the artist’s work, and together they weave an thought-provoking web of connections, from the “lost” pages of Eleanor Antin’s alter-ego Anitova to Erica Van Horn’s notations of her life in Ireland. Susan Hiller’s booklet includes a poster with a grid of photographs of psychics. Suzanne Treister’s contribution is comprised of four separate alchemical diagrams, and Ann Hamilton’s “Time” is a single broadside of a concordance using the word “time” from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and Tender Buttons and Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein.
The set includes ten saddle-stitched 5.5 × 8.5 inch booklets and broadsides, some in color and others in black-and-white, with dust jackets signed and numbered by each artist. Housed in a felt-lined, hinged wood box. A colophon/certificate of authenticity is included.
FOUND PAGES FROM ANTINOVA’S MEMOIR
by Eleanor Antin
by Fiona Banner
by Ann Hamilton
by Jane Hammond
by Susan Hiller
by Helen Kim
A HOUSE OF DUST
by Alison Knowles
NOTES FOR THE TRANSLATION
by Molly Springfield
HEXEN II / 4 DIAGRAMS
by Suzanne Treister
FROM THE JOURNAL SOME NOTES ON LIVING LOCALLY
by Erica Van Horn
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about limited editions
We sometimes make limited editions in collaboration with the artists and writers we publish to extend the published work in a compelling way. A siglio edition might include an artist’s multiple, an original work of art, a facsimile, or a fabricated object: always something imaginative, beautifully executed, and fairly priced.
Siglio limited editions are valued by individuals as well as institutions. Our limited editions can be found in the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Hessel Museum at Bard, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as well as the special collections of NYU, Stanford, Brown, University of Chicago, Smith College, the Beinecke at Yale and the Danowski Poetry Library at Emory, among many others.
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“The truth is that I operate as a writer and in some ways as an editor very much inside a space of instinct. There’s a kind of silence there …” —Danielle Dutton, from her interview with Karla Kelsey in Feminist Poetics of the Archive at Tupelo Quarterly[...]