Joan Lyons ~ New York

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Lyons is the founding coordinator of Visual Studies Workshop Press, a leading publisher and printer of books by artists and photographers. She was editor of Artists' Books: A Critical Anthology and Sourcebook (1985).

afterimage, Vol.32, No.5: "In the 1960s and 1970s Lyons was recognized as a pioneer in the use of Haloid Xerox drawing as an image making process. Her work spans a broad range of media including digital and alternative photo processes, printmaking, photo-quilts and artists' books. Lyons continues to teach workshops and lecture around the country. She is currently pursuing her own new work in digital media through photographic works that examine the evolution of archetypes and myth in contemporary culture."
   
Seasons series  
   
You Should Not 'Ignore' - This Message ...
By oan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2015. Open edition.

6 x 9"; 36 pages. Digital printing. Saddle stitched binding [that is, held together by center staples] with laminated covers. Signed by the author on the copyright page.

Joan Lyons: "The free internet in the time of late capitalism has become a wild west of prospecting. Shadowing the giant corporate sellers are the spammers relentlessly heaving their wares into our inboxes. Your body is eroding, sexuality flagging, cellulite exploding, face sagging. You are lonely, broke, a victim of conspiracies by doctors, 'bigpharm', politicians, government, Wall Street. We can fix it - send money."

Lyons saved the spam in her inbox for the week beginning November 8, 2014. This is a subset of that collection which is commercial email messages. She has taken the message and inserted pictographs or icons such as money bags.
$15

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Crossing
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Open edition.

8 x 8"; 48 pages. Indigo digital printing. Saddle sewn. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Joan Lyons: "Photographs made during a ferry crossing from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick in August, 2010, and at the Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island in September, 2012, weave together and end with a brief story of immigration."
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Magnolias
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Open edition.

8 x 8"; 32 pages. Indigo digital printing. Saddle sewn. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Joan Lyons: "A study of magnolias encompassing recent photographs and drawings from the 1980s. ... Drawings of magnolias from the 1980s are combined with photographs of these fleeting northern blossoms."
$25

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Mown I'd the tome
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Open edition.

5 x 5"; 24 pages. Indigo digital printing. Saddle sewn. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Joan Lyons: "Using the notes app I typed blindly allowing my so-smart phone to do the writing. Since the spirits have recently moved to cyberspace, here is Automatic Writing for the 21st century."

Introduction: "Automatic writing or psychography is text which the writer claims to be produced from a subconscious as well as a spiritualist practice in which spirits were believed to take control of the hand of a medium.

"When I began to use the tiny keyboard of a smartphone, my clumsy fingering defaulted to the all-knowing spellcheck which did not hesitate to anticipate the intended text. What about the unintended text? Using the notes app I began to type blindly allowing the so-smart phone to do the writing. Since the spirits have recently moved to cyberspace, here is a parlor game for the 21st century."

$15

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A series of volumes showing the changing seasons.
   
Seasonal Series
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Each volume an edition of 10.

Four books. Indigo digital printing. Each signed and numbered by the artist.

Winter Field
Spring Book
Summer Field
Fall Walk

$350 set of four
 
   
   
Winter Field
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Edition of 10.

8 x 8"; 56 pages. Indigo digital printing. Bound in quarter cloth over boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

First printed inkjet in 2007 in an edition of 4. 2013 edition of 10 with handbound sewn boards binding.

Colophon: "Photographed in a field in Avon, New York, one winter afternoon in 2002."

Joan Lyons: "These photographs were made on a winter afternoon, in a field, as daylight turned to sunset. ... The 'Summer Field' is revisited in winter when a blue, white and black landscape replaces summer's green and gold.

"This is one of a set of four volumes that describes the seasons while treating the book as a time-based progression."

$100

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Spring Book
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Edition of 10.

8 x 8"; 74 pages. Indigo digital printing. Bound in quarter cloth over boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

First printed inkjet in 2007 in an edition of 4. 2013 edition of 10 with handbound sewn boards binding.

Colophon: "These views from my studio window, from March 27th through May 18th 2007 document the slow arrival in spring in Rochester, New York. When I was elsewhere, my camera followed along to document the weather."

Joan Lyons: "This is one of a set of four volumes that describes the seasons while treating the book as a time-based progression. "
$100

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Summer Field
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Edition of 10.

8 x 8"; 74 pages. Indigo digital printing. Bound in quarter cloth over boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

First printed inkjet in 2002 in an edition of 4. 2013 edition of 10 with handbound sewn boards binding.

Colophon: "These photographs were made in a field in New York State one summer afternoon in 2002."

Joan Lyons: "A summer afternoon in a field is photographed as brilliant daylight turns to sunset. The linear passage of time from page to page reveals the book as a real-time medium. Uncropped photographic frames, larger than the book's pages, force the images to pour over the edges of the page in an irregular progression.

"This is one of a set of four volumes that describes the seasons while treating the book as a time-based progression."

$100

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Fall Walk
By Joan Lyons
Rochester, New York: Joan Lyons, 2013. Edition of 10.

8 x 8"; 64 pages. Indigo digital printing. Bound in quarter cloth over boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

First printed inkjet in 2007 in an edition of 4. 2013 edition of 10 with handbound sewn boards binding.

Colophon: "Photographed in Marlboro, Vermont, in November 2009."

Joan Lyons: "A man, a boy and his bicycle, and a dog pass through the autumn woods.

"This is one of a set of four volumes that describes the seasons while treating the book as a time-based progression."

$100

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