Meryl Perloff ~ California

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Meryl Perloff: "The malleability of paper in all its various patterns and colors is interesting to work with and always surprising in its impact. My background is in fiber and continues to encourage the explorations of its varied forms. Often I combine textiles with paper, adding another dimension to the work."
   
Anaphora
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2016. Edition of 10.

5.5 x 6.25"; 18 pages plus colophon. Digitally printed. Embellished with gold marker. Drum leaf bound with paper covered boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Anaphora is a rhetorical device that involve the repetition of the first part of a series of sentences. Here we have I remember …, I remember …, I remember….

The text was originally handwritten within the negative spaces surrounding triangles produced with handmade stamps.
$225

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Cajun Seafood
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 6"; 16 pages. Handwritten text. Pen and ink. Canson Classic Cream 90# drawing paper. Drumleaf binding. Bound in paper-covered boards. Tassel and wooden rod embellishment at the spine. Signed and dated by the artist.

A little book with simple drawings and statements on the basic ingredients of Cajun cooking - crawfish, catfish, hot sauce, shrimp, horseradish.

Meryl Perloff, introduction: "Acadians migrated in 1755 to settle in Southern Louisiana. Using local ingredients, they developed what is now known as classic Cajun style. The rather basic cuisine is now enjoyed worldwide."

Meryl Perloff: "As a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gulf Coast seafood is the staple in the community’s diet. The added emphasis on seafood consumption is made evident by the concentration of religious groups that prescribe dietary laws for their members that require meatless days. The abundance of product and the expertise of area chefs have for years glorified the taste treats resulting from the creativity of culinary experts. The popularity of boiled shellfish enjoyed by groups of family, friends, tourists, business groups and others served in a casual, backyard fashion has become an event recognized as a southern tradition.

"Recollection of the convivial gatherings centering on seafood prompted the creation of this small unique book. The text is handwritten in a pattern that suggests the waves of the bodies of water in which it is found."
$195



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Woman Words
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2016. Edition of 6.

4 x 9"; 4 pages. Accordion. Digitally printed. Red paper-covered boards with ribbon tie closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

An outline of a female form surrounded by descriptive words that epitomize womanhood.

Reminiscent of the sentiments of "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy — "I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman".

Meryl Perloff: " As a tribute to women all over the world, words that describe women’s positive attributes have been used to create pattern. A variety of handwritten letters comprise the text, citing reference to the wide range of qualities that can be ascribed to women. The central figure of each panel was created as mirror images of the form, cut from perforated vinyl. The material represents the fluidity and flexibility that women share in dealing with the complexities of life."
$175

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Ankh
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

4.5 x 5.75"; 12 panels. Accordion with floating hinge element. Hand drawn illustrations. Bound in paper over boards. In paper envelope with slip-and-slot closure. Signed and dated by the artist.

The ankh was the Egyptian hieroglyphic character representing the concept of eternal life.

Meryl Perloff: "A twelve panel accordion book contains a rotating image of a golden Ankh attached to each mountain fold. The folding panels are embellished with small photographs of Egyptian-themed subjects. Vertical glyphs have been hand drawn on each panel to further enhance the theme.

"Chipboard covers add stability to the structure and the gold fiber paper coverings continue the theme of the Golden Ankh. An embossed likeness of the Ankh adds interest to the cover.

"A black paper envelope is printed with gold symbols in keeping with the nature of the book. The envelope protects and emphasizes the importance of the volume within."

$325

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Southern Girls
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2014. Edition of 15.

6.5 x 8.5"; 20 pages. Accordion fold extending from back pastedown. Digitally printed on a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer with Century Gothic Bold 12 point type. Printed on Canson Classic Cream 90# paper. Hand painted, stenciled, embellished with gold marker and drawn upon with ink then scanned and printed. Wrap around soft cover of two-ply museum board covered with a Gel Print paper from India. End papers of Japanese Washi paper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

A short story by the artist of three young girls enjoying a day of play.

Meryl Perloff: "The original text and drawings illustrate the abandon with which children accept each other regardless of race, color, or ethnicity. Prejudice must be learned as we observe its absence in children.

"Growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s, African Americans, then called Negroes, were considered to be lower in status than their Caucasian counterparts. Discrimination in its mildest form embodied a sense of superiority, and limitations for Negroes were customary in all facets of life. The term 'women' was reserved for black adult females, while white adult females were termed 'ladies' - a subtle distinction, but limiting nonetheless. As a young child, these realities were not yet established, allowing a reasonable amount of interaction without prejudice. The creation of this childhood reverie is meant to illuminate the fact that discrimination is learned and practiced to varying degrees. It celebrates the joy that can be present in the lives of those who haven't yet learned the lessons of assigning negative values to those we are taught to consider inferior."
$125


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Veves
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 6.25"; 18 pages plus colophon on back pastedown. Handwritten and drawn in white ink on black watercolor paper. A modified drum leaf binding to allow a two page spread to lie flat when open. Bound in a double layered hardcover, wrapped in a black and gold printed paper then topped by a layer wrapped in black paper. Gold tassel embellishment added to the spine. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "The practice of Voodoo has been in existence for centuries. In New Orleans, it has [had] lasting interest as a valid religion as well as a cause for celebration and exploitation. Voodoo is actually a religion of healing rather than an adjunct of Black Magic or Witchcraft. The God-Power is represented by a number of lesser deities, called Loas and may be called to Earth by the faithful to intercede on their behalf for whatever help they seek.

"Each Loa has a symbol (or
Veve) that is often scratched into the earth, obligating it to descend to the persons calling upon it. Each Veve has a distinct set of tasks that can be accomplished. This book is an illustration and explanation of those differences."
$365

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Flights of Fancy, Volume 2
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 5"; 18 pages and 16 leaves of translucent vellum with cutout letters. Canson cream 90# paper. Concertina bound. Laid in box with magnet closure. Signed by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "Flights of Fancy explores a multi-media approach to bookmaking. The pages have been painted and stenciled with patterns and bird forms. The text is cut from pages of translucent vellum, spelling out the names of a multitude of birds. Pages are hand sewn and contained by hard covers. The fibrous paper that adorns the covers is reminiscent of nesting material. Strips of copper tape accent the cover.

"A box, similarly covered, houses the book when not in use."

$480

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Kafka
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: 2013, Meryl Perloff. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 9.5"; 20 pages including pastedowns. Altered found book pages. Processes: monoprint stencil, ink jet print, handwriting. Canson Mi Teintes and Canson Classic Cream papers. Bound in patterned Lokta paper with applied dimensional title lettering. Fore-edge bound folios.

Meryl Perloff: "Kafka was created in response to a call for artists’ books demonstrating printmaking methods as the primary focus. Utilizing material from a book rescued from our local library’s annual sale, handwritten letters from Kafka were reproduced and printed by inkjet printer onto the pages of the new book. Hand stenciling added an additional layer of complexity to the pages. Monoprints produced on a Gelli plate were then superimposed on the printed and stenciled pages. Text was incorporated by hand using black marker as a reflection of the volume of handwritten letters Kafka wrote.

"Known as an author who filled his writing with conflict and complexity,
Kafka seemed an appropriate subject for the multi-layered effects of printmaking techniques. The barren branched tree imagery suggested to me the struggles and conflicts that filled his writing. The many handwritten letters to family and friends were his preferred means of communication and revealed a complicated relationship with his father that greatly influenced his thoughts and writing. The many influences of religious affiliation and homeland allegiance challenged by language preference added fuel to the oppositional elements of his life.

"The discordant effect of the combination of printing techniques was intended to echo the brooding nature of the thoughts that
Kafka expressed."
$285

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New Orleans Favorites
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

11 x 5 x2"; 24 pages including colophon. Canson Classic Cream, 90lb, 147 gsm paper. Scanned images then printed on a HP Officejet Pro 8000 printer. Lucida Calligraphy 16 pt Bold Italic and Georgia Italic 12 pt fonts. Bound in paper-covered boards with relief skyline illustration on front board. Metal screw post binding. Slipcased.

Meryl Perloff: "The tradition of fine cuisine from the culturally diverse population of New Orleans has much to recommend it. My recollections of some favorite meals of the mid-20th century are contained in this unique cookbook. The unusual format showcases recipes on pages that open upward and alternately outward. The book is intended as an art piece, although the recipes are authentic.

"Browsing through this collection of traditional favorites from a variety of ethnicities is a treat in itself. Cooking the recipes and enjoying the results with family and friends is an extraordinary experience. A custom slipcase is included."

$350

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The Crow and The Candle
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x 7.25"; 10 pages plus colophon printed on back pastedown. Materials: book board, handmade paper, commercial paper, newspaper, PVA adhesive, acrylic paint, gesso, stamp pad ink, pochoir. Digitally printed on Stonehenge Rising 250 gsm cream paper. Wire edge bound in paper-covered boards. Embossed image of crow on front cover. In matching slipcase. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "The crow has long been a popular icon for artists. Its symbolism offers a wide variety of interpretations and carries both positive and negative connotations. In combination with the mythology of the candle, an interplay of complementary suggestions inspired the text of this volume. Embellished with mixed media techniques for illustration, a counterpoint of dark and light, beginning and ending, is established. These elements interact in an elegant dance, drawing the visual imagery and the written narrative into a poetic expression that engages our interest.

"As a composer selects instruments to evoke the emotion of a composition, the visual artist combines the written word with images to produce a similar opus. Along with the visual elements, the brain's interpretation of those stimuli adds another dimension to the whole. The opportunity to transform a unique vision into an evocative dialog with the viewer is the purview of the artist."

$695

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Life Lessons Learned
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

4.5 x 9"; 22 pages. Drawings by Marian Parry altered for this book. Fonts: Apple Gothic 24 point and Desdemona 48 point. Printed on a Hewlett Packard Officejet Pro 8000 printer on 250 gsm Arches Cover Cream paper. Deckle edged pages. Coptic binding with decorative paper and cloth over binder's board. Covers embellished with copper and glass beads. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "The illustrations were reproduced from a discarded volume after changing their size and coloration. Paired with each illustration is a graphic device that utilizes shape, pattern, and color to deliver a message by means of an anonymous quotation inspired by the accompanying drawing."
$250

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The ABCs of New Orleans Cuisine
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

4.25 x 4.25 x 1.75" box book; 28 pages. Accordion bound extending from the back pastedown at the bottom of box interior. Colored-paper letters are embellished with patterns drawn with gold markers. Printed on Canson Classic Cream paper using a Hewlett Packard Officejet Pro 8000 printer. Lidded paper-covered box of Davey board with a golden Mardi Gras doubloon on the top. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "This book illustrates the alphabet with the special feature of having each letter represent one of the signature delights of New Orleans Cuisine. The background of each page is a blend of purple, gold, and green, and the letters of the same three colors are decorated with patterns drawn with gold markers."
$160
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Auschwitz
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

8.5 x 5" closed; 12 panels. Accordion fold. Materials: photographs, watercolor paper in two tones. Ink drawing. Constructed from four colors of Canson Tientes 98# paper. Digitally printed on a Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro 8000 printer. Paper wraps with band closure. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "My discovery of a book of photographs that survived the Holocaust was my inspiration for this somber expression of the thoughts and emotions that accompany that cataclysmic event. The photographs were altered to a sepia tone to infer age and history. The slogan that appears above the main gate ('Arbeit Macht Frei') has been interpreted in a number of ways with the ironic mention of freedom in relation to those imprisoned within the confines of the concentration camps of World War II. The smaller warning signs encountered in various locations within the camps echo admonitions to those held within.

“Despite the horror and tragedy that took place during this period of history, the faces of men, women and children bear a kernel of trust, hope, and determination that resulted in the survival of a small number of the multitudes who passed through these gates."

$225
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Louisiana Statehood
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

9.75 x 9.5 x 1"; 12 unnumbered pages cut in the shape of Louisiana. Bound in green boards with thread binding. Laid in shaped box covered with illustrated paper. Magnetic closure. Box and book signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "Statehood is created as a unique volume, machine cut in the shape of the state of Louisiana. Poster board in two layers forms the front and back covers. The individual pages of the book are formed by one layer of museum board, covered on each side by an image of the state constitution, a handwritten document that allowed Louisiana the status of statehood. A city map of New Orleans serves as material for cutout letters and numbers disclosing the date of Admission. State symbols embellish … six pages.

"The book is wire-edge bound in a method devised by Daniel Kelm. ... A simple straight-edged slipcase is the storage receptacle for the book. It is constructed of binder's board covered in Lotka paper printed with images of the state bird. The hinged sides and magnetic flaps wrap the box to conceal the open edge."

$450
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Statehood
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2012.

6 x 14 x 1"; 6 leaves. Shaped pages. Bound in illustrated boards with green thread binding. Laid in shaped box covered with illustrated paper. Magnetic closure. Box and book signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "Statehood is created as a unique volume, machine cut in the shape of the state of California. Poster board in three layers forms the front and back covers. An aerial map of the state lines both sides of the covers. The individual pages of the book are formed by two layers of 250 gsm Rising Stonehenge/Natural paper printed with an image of the Compromise of 1850, a handwritten document that allowed California the status of statehood. The text is cut from photocopies of maps of California on Brochure paper that discloses the date of Admission.

"The book is wire-edge bound in a method devised by Daniel Kelm. ... A simple straight-edged slipcase is the storage receptacle for the book. It is constructed of binder's board covered in handmade paper printed with multiple images of California's state animal, the grizzly bear. The hinged sides and flaps wrap the box to conceal the open edge."

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Tumbling PopUps
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: Meryl Perloff, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

3.5 x 3.5 x 3.875" cube housing three attached slipcases with removable books. Each book: 3 x 3"; 12 pages. Materials: binder's board; handmade Japanese papers; colored card stock. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff, colophon: "The small cube unfurls to reveal three slipcases, each containing an accordion fold book with a colorful group of miniature geometric pop ups.

"Each slipcase pivots outward from the foot of its spine, a device I created to add movement and easy access to each book."

Meryl Perloff: "I find that making miniature boxed books gives me a strong sense of satisfaction and creates an object that is unique and enjoyable tactilely, visually and mentally.

"Boxes appeal to me, too, because of their nature of enveloping items, giving objects a special 'home' and keeping them separate from other things. A box always makes what’s inside a little mysterious and out of the ordinary."
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Wine
By Meryl Perloff
San Luis Obispo, California: 2013, Meryl Perloff. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.5 "; 6 double-page box (parallel fold) pop ups. Handsewn signatures. Bound in lime green Lokta paper with Canson Classic Cream for interior pages. Inclusions of colored monofilament, knotted. Signed and dated by the artist.

Meryl Perloff: "California’s wine industry is of major importance, producing more than 90% of the country’s wine. The Central Coastal area boasts sweeping panoramas of vineyards as far as the eye can see. Residents of the area cannot avoid being influenced by the presence of our landscape. Wine is a tribute to the beauty and success of this enormous agricultural phenomenon that affects the lives of most Californians. The primary color of the book represents the coloration of vineyards during the growing season.

"The pop-out windows of each page serve as vehicles for the original poetic text, while each page is bordered with the names of the many varietals grown throughout the state. Knotted monofilament is a reference to the tendrils produced by the vines, producing anchors for the coming clusters of fruit. As viticulture requires a precise process, construction of this book form demonstrates a specific process as well. Straightforward in its intent, the book’s objective is to celebrate the wonder of nature."

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