Shadow Canto Two: Graffiti,  2018
Shadow Canto Two: Graffiti,  2018

Shadow Canto Two: Graffiti, 2018

Marlene MacCallum
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Shadow is an ongoing artist’s book project that, using poetry and stunning visuals, explores domestic and private spaces, and the potential for built structures to have both literal and metaphoric implications in regards to themes of absence and presence. Shadow explores how events within and around physical spaces generate narratives. Poetry is used to provide the opportunity to create discrete pieces, or cantos, each which investigates a different aspect of the theme of the shadow.

Graffiti, the second Canto, began with the discovery of a serial graffiti piece in an underpass in Rochester, NY. This is an accordion-fold book, and therefore has 2 readings. One side of the book is a series of layered images. The other side is three pieces of music printed out and transferred onto copper. The spreads can be experienced as individual images or the piece can be expanded and create a pseudo animation. The paper support becomes the architectural element, acting as the wall. Each side of Graffiti is a visual record of a fleeting instant; birds fly by, the murmur of musical notes fades away. 

Only 15 of these books were made. We have only 1.

This is completely handmade. Hand bound artist’s book with slipcase, pamphlet binding with gatefold structure, inkjet on archival Aya.

Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 1.4 cm (closed), 23.3 x 31.2 cm (page spread), 23.3 x 124.8 (fully expanded).