Persona Grata Productions ~ California
(Arnold Iger & Paul Kwan)

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Arnold Iger and Paul Kwan are co-founders of Persona Grata Productions, an interdisciplinary production company based in San Francisco, that create videos, theatrical performances and art exhibitions

   
Bookwork by Arnold Iger
City within Cities series
Collaboration bookwork
 
   

Bookworks by Arnold Iger
   

Dia de los Muertos DADA Ballet
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2016. Edition of 10.

10 x 13.5"; 8 pages including pastedowns. Accordion structure. Pop-up elements. In slipcase. Signed and numbered by the artist.

A pop-up ballet presented in three acts.
     
Act 1: 31 October, Los Angelito - Souls of children return
      Act 2: 1 November, All Saints Day - Todos Los Santos - Souls of                       adults return
      Act 3: 2 November, All Souls Day - Todos el Dia de Almas -                               Families visit graves of the departed

Arnold Iger: "The book is inspired by the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead and the one hundredth anniversary of the DADA art movement. As in previous books of mine, such as, The Divine Bagel Ballet and In Praise of Noodles Ballet, with Dia de los Muertos DADA Ballet I am envisioning a fantasy dance extravaganza set to poetry and music."
$725


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Urban Mosaic:
Re-imagined arrangements of fragments from the urban landscape
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 8.5". Accordion structure with 8 panels. Each panel is a digital copy of a collage using the artist's photographs. Within the folds are 4 pop- ups using similar collaged photographs. In slipcase with a digitally printed photo-collage and stenciled title on front cover and title label tipped on back.

Arnold Iger: "Urban Mosaic is a one of a kind work using the textures and color of the urban environment as a palette to create a visual composition within an accordion style book with various pop-up elements."
$350

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Box Man
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013.
One-of-a-Kind.

12.75 x 13 x 1.5"; 10 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. One pop-up. Original drawings and collage. In slipcase with title on front and spine. Signed and dated by the artist.

Arnold Iger, colophon: "This book was inspired by the novel 'The Box Man' by the Japanese author Kobe Abe. The anonymous hero of the book cast off his identity and wanders the streets of Tokyo living inside a cardboard box.

"My ink sketches of anonymous faces blend with collaged graffiti photos to represent identities that are shaped by the urban landscape. Faces lose their individuality morphing into one another in an atmosphere of camouflaged conformity and alienation."
$1,500


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Dead Tree Junk Mail Book
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 11.25"; 10 pages. Double-sided accordion structure with first and last panels adhered to boards. Collage and pop-ups. Bound in confetti-covered boards. Housed in cloth-and-paper slipcase with paper title label on spine and top board.

Arnold Iger: "After about six weeks of collecting the junk mail addressed to me in a large shopping bag, it overflowed with offers of credit cards, frequent flyer miles, mortgage refinancing, burial plots, mattresses made of memory foam, and discount coupons for oil changes and mufflers to name just a few.

"Then I dumped the contents into a heap and began ripping open envelopes, tearing beckoning phrases into a smaller pile of commercial detritus, arranging a collage representing a slice of time, an endless flow of paper, which continues unabated, to just one household. In other words, turning junk into art."
$975


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Folsom Street Fair Impressions
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

16.25 x 10.75"; 8 pages. Accordion structure. Digital images of photographs and original drawings. In slipcase with title on spine. Signed by Iger on front pastedown.

For 30 years there has been an annual one-day Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, recently spreading over 13 city blocks and drawing crowds of 400,000. Organizers are trying "to create world-class leather and fetish events that unite adult alternative lifestyle communities with safe venues for self-expression and exciting entertainment." It also raised funds for San Francisco-based and national charities.

Folsom Street Fair Impressions gives a capsulated look of his view of the fair – capturing the fun, the excitement, and the free spirit of the event.

Arnold Iger, Introduction: "Clad and bound in leather, nude or nearly so, women, men, young and old play in private fantasies thronging the streets. Costumed as ponies or cops, as cats or feathered angles with glittered wings, a vast gathering of the free spirited crowds the San Francisco neighborhood 'south of the slot,' At every corner barely imaginable fetishes that this onlooker cannot decipher. What dreams unfold here, tableau vivant in festive bloom illuminated by autumnal sun."
$700

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Iger captures city life with his camera. He transfers those images to a series of books using pop-ups and collage.

   
City within Cities: A sense of place - Book One
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

7.26 x 11"; 14 pages. Double-sided accordion. 8 pages of images with two popups; on reverse side 6 images. Digital printing. Original photographs by the artist. In matching slipcase with paper title on spine. Signed and dated by the artist.

Arnold Iger: "Recording its moods through the changing light and seasons, gaining a sense of place, my place and life within the city."
$550

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City within Cities: A sense of place - Book Two
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

7.26 x 11"; 14 pages. Double-sided accordion. 8 pages of images with two popups; on reverse side 6 images. Digital printing. Original photographs by the artist. In matching slipcase with paper title on spine. Signed and dated by the artist.

This is Book Two in the City within Cities series in which Iger records the mood of San Francisco with his camera from the man sitting on a bench in the park to the cargo ship cruising along the coast.
$550

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City within Cities - Book Six
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

10.26" x 10.26"; 10 pages. Accordion structure. Two pop-ups. Digital printing. Collage elements. Slipcased, paper title on spine. Signed and dated on the colophon by the artist.

In Book Six of the City within Cities series, Iger focuses on abandoned train tracks by the docks.

Train tracks - vestigial route to the past
Layered walls of paper and painted messages -
Time revealed - exfoliated by wind and rain
Speaking tribal code and cherishing trinket icons -
mass produced in a material world
The inhabitants occupy urban identities
vacated by former renters.

$475


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City within Cities: Collage of time
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x 10"; 10 pages . Accordion structure. Two pop-outs. Collage elements. Digital printing. In matching slipcase. Signed and dated.

Arnold Iger: "Vestiges of times past remain layered in the fabric of the city."

A combination of images of food and violence – Mexican wrestling masks, bagel and coffee – relay a melting pot of cultures.
$475

 


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City within Cities: Under Surveillance
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

7.875 x 10.875"; 14 pages. Double-sided accordion with 8 pages of images with pop-outs, 6 pages of images reverse side. Digital printing. In slipcase. Signed and dated by the artist.

Arnold Iger: "The ubiquitous camera watches and records the urban landscape and citizens, but who watches the watchers, 'I watch you, you watch me.'"
$595

 


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Collaboration bookwork

 
Echoes - cycles of life
ByArnold Iger
Poem by Paul Kwan
San Francisco: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

11.5 x 16 x 1"; 10 pages. Double-sided accordion. Original drawings. In unique slipcase.

A presentation of abstract images of bodies and bones mixed with splashes of color by Arnold Iger. The accompanying poem by Paul Kwan hints at the fragility of life.
$1,650

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Persona Grate Productions Out of Print Title:
   
The Divine Comedy
Bagel Ballet

By Arnold Iger
San Francisco: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

7.75 x 11.75 x 1.125"; 6 pages. Single-sided accordion structure. Original drawings. Mixed medium with a pop up and collage elements. Paper-covered boards. In slipcase with title on cover.

Arnold Iger: "A bagel from inception to eating as seen through the journey of Dante's Divine Comedy. Instructions for bagel dish by Paul Kwan."

Bagel Ballet information is tipped on the front pastedown. The dance is broken down into three acts.
"Act One: The bagel, a traditional Jewish bread made from yeasted wheat dough shaped into a ring by hand. Immersed in a boiling watery purgatory the bagellas are cleansed of their impurities ...
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Act Two: The descent into the inferno where the bagellas are baked to perfection, a dense chewy doughy interior and a browned crisp exterior often topped with poppy or sesame seeds baked into the outer crust.
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Act Three: The bagellas now transformed ascend from the fiery depths of the oven to the heights of ecstasy as a toasted bagel to be enjoyed with a schmear and lox."
(SOLD)

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O.K. City.
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x 10"; 8 pages. Accordion structure. Two pop-up elements across the folds. Six pages using digital copy of collaged photographs. End boards painted as well as interior panel, back pastedown, and pop-ups. Additional elements of collage added. In slipcase.

Arnold Iger: "O.K. City is a one of a kind visual abstract composition with pop-up elements taken from the urban landscape and re-imagined as an accordion style book."
(SOLD)

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Recycled, Discarded, Artists' Trash Book
Unintended, reluctant, expropriated collaboration

By Arnold Iger, Paul Kwan, and Howard Munson
San Francisco, California: Arnold Iger / Paul Kwan, 2011.
Edition of 5.

7 x 8.25"; 8 pages. Accordion structure. Signed by the artists. Paper covered boards with paper title applied to front board. Signed by Iger, Kwan, and Munson.

Colophon: "Visiting our artist friend Howard Munson's studio, we were attracted by the refuge spilling out of a trash can and recognized his discarded overworked masterpieces. Over Howard's objections, we spirited his garbage away and judicially edited the images into this reluctant collaboration."
(SOLD)


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Skeleton Street
By Arnold Iger
San Francisco, California: Persona Grata Productions, Inc., 2014. Edition of 5.

7.5 x 10.5". Accordion structure. Pop ups. In slipcase.

Arnold Iger: "Skeleton Street is an accordion style book with ten photos of mural details, pages of skeleton character drawings, skeleton pop-up, and poem with slipcase. This book was inspired by the numerous murals of San Francisco's Mission District, where images of grimacing skulls in vibrant color celebrate the Latino cultures' Day of the Dead festivities with roots in Mexico."
(SOLD)

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