Richard Tipping 1999
Published by Purgatory Pie Press, New York, 1999
Edition of 216, signed and numbered by the artist and printers.
Size: 15 x 15cm (6" x 6")
Price: $99 Australian including applicable tax and airmail postage anywhere.
(equals 62 euro, £ 55, US$ 90 approx.)
Handset wood and metal type printed letterpress with silver ink on black museum board (archival rag),. An accordion ‘zig-zag’ fold book, which stretches out to fill a shelf or glass case: an effective artist book for display. Typeset and printed by Dikko Faust at Purgatory Pie Press.
Six Concrete Poems – typographic word works by Richard Tipping.
Title and Type:
Moonday – Onyx
Sounding Silence – Futura
Rockpool – Brush & Kaufmann
Hear the Art – wood Gothic
Lovepoem – Rhumba
Omen – wood ‘Afatic’
In the winter of 1998-1999 I was living in New York while my exhibition ‘Versions’ was showing at Ubu Gallery on 78th Street. I worked with Dikko Faust and Esther K Smith in their printery on Hudson Street in Tribeca on this book. We close six of my concrete poems, and Dikko looked amongst the many drawers of type for the best fonts to handset for his traditional press. The chosen folder paper size was six inches square (15 x 15 cm), with the six poems on six pages, so it made sense to produce 6 x 6 x 6 copies (256) – which meant a lot of printing and folding for Dikko and Esther! This is a treasure from the artist-book masters at Purgatory Pie Press: