Brandon Graham ~ Illinois

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Six short graphic chapbooks
'Zine bookworks
Thawt with Heavy Duty Press


 
   
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By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2013. Open Edition.

4.125 x 5.5"; 10 pages. Small pamphlet stitched democratic multiple booklet. Typeface is from a 1960s Sears Chevron manual typewriter (the coveted orange or Cheez Whiz variety) that has been scanned and altered and printed on a home office printer.

A new (2013) democratic multiple from Brandon Graham - an overheard conversation.

$5

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ROOM
Edited by Brandon Graham
Designed by Karol Shewmaker
Contributors G. Mullen, Claire Sammons, J. E. Baker, Brandon Graham, Bastet, Chris Distasio, Heather L.G. Bella.
Chicago, Illinois: Brad Freeman, 2013. Open Edition.
This is a first of its kind JAB (The Journal of Artists' Books) production – a full-fledged artists' book under the JAB banner – and will be initially distributed to JAB subscribers as a special insert with JAB 33.

8.5 x 11"; 36 pages. Offset printed by Brad Freeman. Duotone. Saddle-stitched binding.

Brandon Graham: "The concept is that a viewer/reader will have a visceral understanding of the ROOM, as well as that eerie realization of motel-visits; that many lives have passed through that same space. This is achieved cumulatively in a multi-faceted, cubist kind of way all while existing in that space I enjoy so much: the intersection of Artist Book and Fiction."

Contents include

Some of 'The Good life': Ten Dollars an Hour by Glenn Mullen
Sleep with your clothes on by Claire Sammons
Two Rooms by JE Baker
Family Care by Brandon Graham
This weekend by Bastet
Qualified by Chris Distasio
Out by Heather L.G. Bella

Brandon Graham, colophon: "The O-Mi Motel is a one star motor court that, at the time of this publication, was still standing on North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Il. The images in this publication were gathered from the participants who ventured to room #7 at the motel. The text pieces were generated by the writers & artists who were inspired by this particular space."
$15


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Bad Heart
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2010. Open Edition.

3.5 x 3.5"; 24 pages. Text printed with black-and-white photographs. Off set codex with a pamphlet stitched binding. Black and white illustrated wraps.

Brandon Graham: "This democratic multiple features original text and design with found images. The content is a social commentary which uses irony to explore social isolation and it's ramifications in a specific fictional relationship."

Another of Brandon Graham's short text-and-image productions, which all pack a lot of wallop into a small package. Created for Valentine's Day 2010.
$12


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Razed
By Brandon Graham
Chicago: Brandon Graham, 2009. Open Edition.

8.5 x 8.5"; 16 unnumbered pages. Off-set printed. Text printed on black-and-white photograph collage. Soft cover with saddle stitch binding.

Another of Graham's productions set firmly in the tradition of the Democratic Multiple, Razed explores themes of loss and renewal.
$15

 

 

 


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Inexpensive 'zine types of bookwork
   

Christmas '76
By Brandon Graham
Chicago: Brandon Graham, 2009. Open Edition.

3.5 x 4." closed, 13.75 x 8.25" open; 8 pages. Single sheet with color photographs folded.

Another of Brandon Graham's short text-and-image one-sheet foldbooks, which pack a lot of wallop into a small package.

"The year of my fifth Christmas was a tough one for my folks. My Daddy lost his job at the textile factory and my mother's nursing hours got cut way back. Money was tight, so we had to make do. I was okay with that cause I understood how it was."

He was OK until - as text explains - he didn't get the one present he really wanted.
$15


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Cornucopia
By Brandon Graham
Chicago: Brandon Graham, 2009. Open Edition.

3.5 x 4.24" closed, 13.75 x 8.25" open. Single sheet folded to form eight pages. Text and color photographs digitally printed.

Brandon Graham: "Cornucopia combines found images of Thanksgiving meals with two textural narratives. One narrative is original fiction, the other is a collection of statistics. The combination … comments on the systemic effects of America's food industry, culture, and habits. Don't forget to unfold it and look inside for a tasty treat."
$15


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Irresistible
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2007. Open Edition.

3.25 x 4"; 8 pages. Opens to 8 x 13". Formed from one folded legal-sized sheet of paper. Created in InDesign. Printed on a color laser printer.

Brandon Graham: "Irresistible combines my interest in the printed multiple as a means for delivering an 'art experience' to viewers in non-gallery settings, the use of first person short fiction to engage a reader, and my concerns over the political direction our country has been moving and continues to move.

"More specifically Irresistible is a reaction to the Bush administration's slow bludgeoning drumbeat for war with Iran. A drum beat that echoes the rhythms of the argument that rushed us into war with an argument that was repeated again this week [January 2008] in the President's State of the Union Address."
$10




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Brandon Graham: "I am an artist living and working in Chicago, IL. In recent years my work has focused on the place where artists' books overlap with alternative literary press projects. This direction was shaped by the philosophy professed by the Fluxus artists, especially related to the Democratic Multiple; as well as a belief that artists' books too often hold the text to a lower standard than all other elements of making and producing books. This is a lost opportunity. I have tried to balance text, typography, visual narratives and structural design in such a way that each element serves the main thesis of the artwork. I find this to be a project that is rewarding and endlessly challenging."

The Least Painful Compromise series: Six short graphic chapbooks that form a larger project called "The Least Painful Compromise." Experimental literature presenting multiple layers of an individual life. Each chapbook is 5.8 x 9" with 24 pages. Each is off-set printed with original photographs and text by Graham and has a saddle stitch binding.

   

The Decision
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

Brandon Graham: "In The Decision young Stevie is asked to choose between time with his mother or time with his father. The visual narrative helps to set the psychological tone of the piece as well as contribute information not contained in the written text."
$25

 

 

 

 


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The Dinner Party
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.


Brandon Graham: "This work combines visual photographic narratives with short fiction. In this book the father Steve struggles with how to be a father, a husband and a man that his own father would be proud of. All the psychological drama takes place in the context of a mundane domestic event: the first time parents are meet the boys their daughters are dating."
$25

 

 


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The Eulogy
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

Brandon Graham: "This chapbook gives voice to a family that is mourning the death of a teenager. The father Steve, the Mother Savannah, and the twin sister Ella, all explain their feelings and understanding of the death of Nora. Finally Nora is able to try to explain her reasons for taking her own life."
$25

 

 

 


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The Gutting
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

5.8 x 9"; 24 pages. Off-set printed with original photographs and text by Graham. Pamphlet fold with a saddle stitch binding.

Experimental literature presenting multiple layers of an individual life: how childhood experience through the power of confused and confusing memory shapes the adult. A web as murky as the fish guts of the story.

Brandon Graham: "[The Gutting] combines original short fiction with a graphic short story. This combination of elements is a realization of my interest in exploring the place where experimental short fiction, graphic novels, and artists' books run together.

"The piece explores the ways in which the traumatic events that transpired during a childhood fishing trip … continue to have repercussions in [an] adult relationship. Part of the conceit for the design is that the fragmented and unreliable way in which memory works lends itself to a layered and fractured narrative. To that end the graphic portion underscores the central metaphor in the short fiction but is recounted simultaneously to the 'fictional now.'"
$25


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Nora93
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

Brandon Graham: "Nora93 ... is a first person monologue told by Nora, a 15 year old protagonist, in which she reveals her perception of the complex web of relationships within her immediate family. The visual narrative helps to set a dissonant emotional tone and serves as a flashback to the textural narrative."
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The Visit
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

Brandon Graham: "This project combines first person point-of-view visuals with a monologue, as young adult Steve visits his girlfriend's father who is in a coma. The terse one-sided conversation reveals the anger and pain that lay hidden under the surface of Steve personae as well as between Savannah and her sick father."
$25

 

 

 


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The Least Painful Compromise Series
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

Six chapbooks:

The Decision
The Dinner Party
The Eulogy
Nora93
The Visit

$100


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Out of Print / SOLD titles:  
   

Bitches
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: Brandon Graham, 2008. Open Edition.

3.5 x 4.24" closed, 14 x 8.5 open; 8 pages. Single sheet folded.

Brandon Graham: "A 'zine that addresses misogynistic attitudes in an ironic, first person voice."
(SOLD)

 

 

 


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God's Country
By Brandon Graham and Joseph Lappie
Chicago, Illinois: Center for Book & Paper Arts, Columbia College, 2007.

4 x 5.4"; 12 pages. Saddle stitching. Offset and letterpress printing.

Ironic use of format. Coming-to-awareness of two boys in religious worlds is played out in text and typography. This pamphlet could be mistaken for a religious tract, but it contains two short stories — one printed in a narrow vertical column, the other as a narrow horizontal row — set so that together they resemble the Christian cross. Because of the way the type is set, you can read only one story at a time, and then must turn the book over to read for the second story. With each story the horizontal member of the cross moves lower and lower as each story moves forward and as the iron rule of fundamentalism falters.
$15


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Tolerance
By Brandon Graham
Chicago, Illinois: 2007. Open Edition.

3.5 x 4". 8 pages.

The subject is, not surprisingly, intolerance - specifically, intolerance of homosexuals. Irony is alive and well.

Brandon Graham: "Tolerance is single sheet folded into a 'zine format book. Its content is a reflection of my ongoing attempt to use a first person unreliable narrator voice to create flash fiction that address large social issues but puts them on a human scale. The form is a reflection of my interest in the printed multiple as a means of delivering an 'art experience' to viewers where they live and work."
(SOLD)


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Tear Here
By Brandon Graham
Chicago: Brandon Graham, 2007. Open Edition.

5.5 x 6.5"; 38 pages. Designed in InDesign, and printed on a Color Laser Jet on linen-textured paper. Some pages altered with a perforator and then sewn on a sewing machine. Bound with a chain-stitch, but not cased in so that the spine is exposed. The statistics are accurate, the narrative fictional. Written, designed, and produced by Graham.

An understated but unsubtle lament of the plight of US forces in the present Iraq War, especially the increase in amputees at "twice the rate of past U.S. conflicts."

Brandon Graham: "Tear Here started with taking a set of military uniforms, cutting off the arms and legs, and lashing them back together with red thread. Then I took digital images, tore at the seams, and visually documented the seams ripping apart….

"Using the structural vocabulary of the codex, Tear Here explores the ways in which the conflict in Iraq tears away at the bodies and the lives of those soldiers who serve in the U.S. military."
(SOLD)


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