Palmapodoca Press ~ New York
(Rory Golden)

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Altered Page bookworks
Bookworks with Japanese tea bowls
Buddha books
Folding books
Hanging books by Rory Golden
Illuminated texts by Rory Golden
Broadsides by Rory Golden

 
   
No Reenactments without Prior Permission
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2013. Edition of 5.

3.5 x 6"; 15 cards, each with a single photograph. Housed in leather case (5.25 x 7") with slip and slot closure.

This packet of photographs documents Golden preparing for performance art, something that started at Art in Odd Places, an annual festival in New York City that strives to take art out of galleries and onto the streets to make it more accessible to the public.

Palmapodoca Press: "In October 2012, as part of 'Art in Odd Places 2012: Model,' artist Rory Golden traversed 14th Street in New York City, reciting love-song lyrics as if he were talking on the phone – but seeking permission to re-enact people's love stories in mini-movies he makes. Rory conducted eleven two-hour performances over the course of the two-week long festival."

Golden continued this project after the NY festival. These photographs, by photographer Sarah Bump, document Golden as he prepared to take to the streets again on Valentine's Day, while Artist in Residence at Albion College.
$250

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Reviens
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2013. One-of-a-kind.

4.25 x 6" closed; six strips with six panels each. Original painting on waxed mulberry. Handsewn with silk thread. In handmade envelope style case with title handwritten.

Golden revisits the hanging book structure with this original painting of a dog. The text is from Rimbaud to Verlaine "Reviens! Reviens! Cher ami, mon ami, reviens." (Come back! Come back! Dear friend, my friend, come back.)

$500

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Runaway
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2013. Edition of 4.

9 x 6”; 3 panels. Gesso monotypes with collage, pencil, acrylic and ink on heavy boards. Handbound portfolio holding three monotypes that vary in the edition. Initialed and dated on each panel by the artist.

Urban Flux, 2012: "Rory Golden creates multi-layered figurative work that deals in a clever and sometimes startling way with social issues like racial bigotry, sexuality, love, and hate-based violence."

These monotypes reflect Golden's ongoing concern with our confrontation with sexual and racial stereotypes.

$500

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Relief
By Rory Golden & Sarabeth Noggle
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2009. Edition of 4.

6 x 8.5" closed; 14 folded 8.5 x 12" sheets. Relief intaglio. Letterpress. Monoprint. Materials: ink, paint, graphite, mulberry paper, acrylic, gold leaf. Processes: letterpress, monotype, intaglio, gesso, pochoir, collage. Handbound. Housed in a handmade 4-flap paper envelope (9.25 x 7 x 2").

This bookwork and it's extensively worked pages are meant to be hung or draped.

Rory Golden: "My arched hanging book structure contains images of ponies and bunnies running, with a text about seeking and finding relief – a collaboration with Sarabeth Noggle."

Sarabeth Noggle is a 2009 graduate of the SCAD program in Atlanta.
$950

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Loved
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2008. One-of-a-kind.

5.5 x 8.5”; 8 pages. Accordion book on paper. Mixed media. Original paintings. Signed and dated by the artist.

Rory Golden: "Being conscious of unfairness and injustice, and the role of desire and guilt and an unresolved history in particular across racial lines but also around sexual freedom, is a place from which my work emanates."
$200

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Red Bracelets
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.

6.75 x 7.5 x 1.5"; 47 leaves. Ink and gouache drawings on mulberry paper. Laid in a handmade box treated with gesso and beeswax. Bracelet drawing tipped on lid.

Each sheet is a unique drawing of a red bracelet. An ordinary object in multiple views and hues. No apparent sequence.

$500


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Enlightenment / Gold Ball
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 7.5" closed, opens to 22.5"; single-sided accordion with 4 panels. Materials: polaroids, ink, gouache, and gold leaf.

A mix of collage, drawing, and mystery.
$125

 


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A Letter from 998 Amsterdam Avenue
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2001. [Edition of 20.]

9.5 x 4" closed, opens to 9.75 x 11"; 11 leaves. Letter format. Stapled at corner . Wrapper sheet of marbled paper. Housed in an envelope.

A letter from / by Golden to a lover? A would-be lover? A lover from the past? Letter in form of poem with Golden's drawings interspersed.

$35

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Actualizing the Fundamental Point
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 1998. [Edition of 40]

7.75 x 10.5"; 28 pages. Letterpress printed from handset type and photopolymer plates. Pochoir. Mohawk Superfine Text paper. Case bound book with cover paper made by the artist. Images printed from photopolymer plates. Hand sewn by the artist. Signed by the artist.

Golden's interest in Japanese culture stems from early in his career. He attended Wright State University for a Masters in Japanese Religious Folklore. He went on to live in Japan where he taught English As a Second Language. While there he learned how to make pottery, which subsequently led to his taking drawing lessons.

Each page is accompanied by Golden's Matisse-like drawings of male and female nudes. The text is a chapter from Moon in a Dewdrop, a collection of writings by Japanese philosophers, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi.
$200

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The Hand of God
in bed under the sheets

By Rory Golden
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Palmapodoca Press, Fall 1997. Edition of 25.

6 x 8"; 16 pages. Letterpress printed. Pamphlet bound chapbook, with wraparound slip-on band

Rory Golden: "Tells the story of a crazy fight in a crazy marriage. Subversive texts run throughout the book in changing colors. The bottom of each page folds up to reveal hymn titles followed by 'under the sheets' or 'in bed.' "
$50

 

 


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Experimenting with the Plan of St. Gall unfolding / folding pattern
   

Blue Mystery
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2003. One-of-a-Kind.

3.25 x 4.5" closed, opens to 17 x 13". Gouache and handmade paper. Plan of St. Gall binding, a simple folded structure patterned after a book of unfolding architectural drawings for the St. Gall monastery.

Golden abstract gouache illustration on blue inky-blue handmade paper is revealed by unfolding.
$50

 


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Now That You Know
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2003. One-of-a-Kind.

4.25 x 5.75" closed, 17 x 23" open. Gouache and ink on mulberry paper. Plan of St. Gall binding. Folds out to one large sheet, with a small fold out in the larger one.

The structure is patterned after a book of unfolding architectural drawings for the St. Gall monastery. In Golden's version the unfolding reveals an abstract gouache on which is tipped another foldout sheet. This hidden sheet once unfolded provides the answer?
$250

 


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Jane Longshore, Black & White: "An unabashed admirer of both the male figure and various Eastern philosophies, Golden incorporates line drawings of men in poses reminiscent of Hindu and Buddhist iconography, a link that is further established by his use of brilliant, juicy colors similar to those of sari textiles. Golden is a master of conveying body language in just a few strokes, and wisely maintains a certain restraint with his drawings, to balance the tumult of color that often serves as a background for the figures."
   

Hidden Mountains
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2002. Edition of 40
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6.5 x 11; 29 pages. Accordion structure. Letterpress printed from photo-polymer plates onto handmade mulberry paper. Images hand-embellished with color. Book covers letterpress printed paste papers in purple, blue and gold on mulberry paper.

Ten seven inch drawings of male figures in various postures reminiscent of Buddhist iconography. A poem on the last page completes the mood of the project; it is a paean to Japanese Zen Philosopher Eihei Dogen's 'Water and Mountains Sutra.'
$350

 

 


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Buddha Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, c 2001. One-of-a-kind.

9.75 x 12.75", accordion book with 6 pages. Front board with 2 x 3.75" hand-painted Buddha paste-on. Unique artist book on handmade mulberry paper with six original drawings. Black iris bookcloth bound accordion book.

A fine draughtsman and exceptional colorist, Golden here pays homage to his Buddhist leanings. Joyful leering, erect nudes, prayerful attitudes.
$500

 



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Third Step Prayer Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2001. One-of-a-kind.

6 x 8" closed; extends to 84"; 36 pages. Double sided accordion. Handmade mulberry paper. Bound in paper covered boards.

Rory Golden: "Depicts male figures in postures reminiscent of Buddhist iconography, colorfully hand-painted halos and clouds of color surrounding them. On the reverse, Japanese style tea bows, hand-painted in Japanese sumi ink, framed in red and hand-drawn patterns of color....

"Running throughout the book on both sides are bits of hand-written text, including the Third Step Prayer from Alcoholics Anonymous:

              'Father, I offer myself to thee, ... May I do thy will always.' "

$600


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Jane Longshore, Black & White: "From the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages to N.C. Wyeth's lavishly illustrated volumes produced during the first half of the 20th century, books were regarded not merely as vessels for words but as platforms for visual expression. Golden has taken this principle to the extreme, producing works that, in many cases, feature little text but lose none of their communicative power thanks to the simple-but-expressive paintings and drawings contained within. In effect, Golden has substituted bound, typically handmade paper for the traditional canvas, creating works that seem more like a journey than a destination."
   

Sixteen Sonnets
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2001. Edition of 2.

5.5 x 8", 38 pages. Laser printed on handmade Korean mulberry paper. Titles and other text functioning as illustration handwritten with a 9B graphite pencil. Paper treated in a light gold paste paper medium of methyl cellulose and acrylic gel medium. Hand-drawn illustrations painted in a spectrum of colors, using the paste paper medium. Highlighting added with ink pens and water-soluble crayons. Books case bound with a simple longstitch exposed sewing style. Bound in black cloth over boards with illustration tipped on front board.

Rory Golden: "Sixteen sonnets (by me) in the style of Ted Berrigan."

Colophon: "Written and illustrated by Rory Golden in December 2000 after a long year of travel and change, in celebration of libration, airplanes, happiness, eyeglasses, friends, long walks and Evie Chan."

Ryan Hildebrand, UC Irvine: "... amid the vibrant, intricate pieces, viewers might overlook one of his favorites: Sixteen Sonnets by Rory Golden. It’s absolutely everything: poetry, binding, construction, paper – so tactile. Golden created all aspects of the book. And it’s unique. Only two copies exist, but all the illustrations are done by hand, so the one in our collection is really one-of-a-kind."
$250 (one copy available)

 



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Hanging Books

Rory Golden: "My work generally focuses on social issues around race, sexuality, love, and violence. Recent books explore the use of image and text in what I call 'hanging books' in a variety of formats. The book structure formally refers to historic modes of racial or other hate-based violence. Curator Edwin Ramoran wrote: 'Golden introduces formal terminologies that are intrinsically aware of brutality with his tar drawings and hanging books.' The hanging books were my solution to creating books that may be read in a gallery environment; perhaps the biggest hurdle in exhibiting books by artists for gallery viewers/readers. I cut a single, large image into pages and then sew them back together as a series of accordions. These open expansively for display and then collapse into piles of sewn pages, allowing the entire image to be contained in one small box. This process acknowledges the disfigurement and distortion resulting from violence, while also addressing the healing that this acknowledgment may offer.",

   
   

Little Things
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

5.75 x 8 x 1.75"; 81 pages. Hanging book: 15 (5 x 67.5") accordion strips. Strips: 67.5" with 9 sewn linked panels (5 x 7.5"). Processes: pencil, gouache and beeswax on mulberry paper. Housed in box treated with gesso and beeswax. Expands from the box as a 2D artwork.

The hanging pages of Little Things foreground the small things in life — small but vital.
$2,000


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Texas Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2005. One-of-a-kind.

5.75 x 8.5 x 2"; 96 pages. Hanging book: 12 (5 x 40") accordion strips. Strips: 40" each with 8 sewn linked panels (5 x 8"). Processes: pencil, ink, gouache on mulberry paper with beeswax. Hole grommet at top of strip for hanging. Housed in blue cloth clamshell box with tipped on paper title. Expands from the box as a 2D artwork.

Rory Golden: "This book was made thinking about the murder of James Bird in Jasper, Texas."

CBCNews: "On June 7, 1998, the sleepy east Texas town awoke to the news of the horrifying crime. Early that Sunday morning, James Bird, JR., an African-American, was viciously beaten, chained to the back of a pick-up truck, and dragged for three miles until his body was torn apart. Three white men, John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Berry - all with ties to the Aryan Nation - were arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder. The town of Jasper was forever altered, and the world horrified by the spectre of a modern-day lynching."
$2,000


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Bookworks from 'altered pages' -- Golden has taught workshops teaching participants to make compelling art from existing books and book pages.
   

Last Hour in the Louvre
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2004. One-of-a-Kind.

4.4 x 6.5"; 60 leaves. Appropriated paperback book pages treated with pencil and beeswax. Laid in a 4.75 x 7.25 x 1.75" handmade painted box treated with gesso and beeswax.

Rory Golden: "I spent my last hour in the Louvre – August 2004 – drawing as many images as I could. I walked all over and drew. … I drew on [the book pages] and ripped out as I did another drawing. People kind of looked at me scribbling in a paperback book, ripping out pages, and scribbling again and again. … The book itself was a Barbara Cartland romance novel !! en français that I found at a flea market there."
$300


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Golden spent a year studying in Japan at Chiba University. The influence of that time (1998-1999) is reflected in this early work featuring Japanese tea bowls.
   

Still There Was Hope
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2001. One-of-a-kind.

3.75 x 3.5"; 5 leaves. Collage. Handwritten text added. Embellished with paint and ink. Housed in 4 x 4 x 1.5" lidded box covered in black Iris book cloth. Ribbon and false bottom allow the viewer to remove the pages.

Rory Golden: "Five unique drawings of Japanese style tea bowls collaged / borrowed and handwritten original texts tell the story of a love relationship."
$150

 

 


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Tea Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2000. One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 11"; 12 pages. Accordion structure. Monoprints and charcoal on Mohawk Superfine Text paper. Pages hinged at edge with pasted marbled paper strip.

Golden spent a year studying in Japan at Chiba University. The influence of that time (1998-1999) is reflected in this early work featuring Japanese tea bowls.

Each monoprint is accompanied by his handwritten captions: "Tea is for the good old days"; "Tea is for you two"
$150

 


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Alan/Rory Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

4.5 x 7"; 61 leaves. Book pages altered with applied gesso. Housed in 4.75 x 7.25" lidded handmade box treated with gesso and beeswax.

Golden teaches workshops on how to make compelling art out of existing books and book pages. He uses various techniques for creating layered pages, including the use of egg tempera, glazing methods, paper waxing, pastepaper painting and other means of transforming books.

In the Alan/Rory Book he uses the tradition of composition by erasure. That is, he creates his own text by painting over all but the sentences or words that he wishes the reader to see for this story. The resulting text also allows the reader an opportunity to create the story her own way because the pages are interchangeable. The overall tale is a story of love, or not.
(SOLD)

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Cuchara/Cuchio/Finito
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2004. One-of-a-Kind.

2.75 x 3.5" ; 8 pages. Accordion book. Ink and gouache on Rives.

Three words, three illustrations. Cuchara - spoon in Spanish. Cuchio - slang for ?. And ultimately Finito - finished.
(SOLD)

 

 

 


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Dirt Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2003. One-of-a-kind.

6 x 8.75"; 9 leaves. Altered found book pages. Mulberry paper with dirt, gesso, beeswax and pencil. Hand sewn loose pages. Laid in paper wrap case.

Golden cases pages of paperback romance novels between two pieces of mulberry paper. He then hand stitches all three 'pages' together at the left side. The bottom edge is stitched as well but not always in the same way. Sometimes all three sheets are stitched together at the bottom, sometimes the front sheet to the text page, sometimes the text sheet to the back sheet, and sometimes none are stitched together. This design forces the reader to handle the book in more than the normal turn-the-page fashion. The reader has to work to find the text, the hidden messages, to get to the dirt. Or is it to get a peek at those feelings we are afraid to reveal?

"Do not --- leave me!"

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Dirty Little Things
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2004. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 7"; 16 pages. Hanging book: 2 (5 x 53") accordion strips, each strip having 8 panels (5 x 7.5") sewn together. Processes: pencil, dirt, and beeswax on mulberry. Expands into a 2-dimensional artwork.

An early version of Golden's hanging books. Line drawings of everyday items on paper that has been treated with dirt and beeswax. Dirty art?
(SOLD)

 


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Menelik Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Rory Golden, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 7.5 x 1.5"; 36 pages. Hanging book: 6 (3.9 x 36") accordion strips. Strips: 36" each with 6 sewn linked panels (3.9 x 6"). Processes: pencil, gouache and beeswax on mulberry paper. Hole grommet at top of strip for hanging. Housed in black cloth-covered clamshell box with tipped on paper title.Expands from the box as a 2D artwork.

Rory Golden: "My friend Menelik modeled for me. I did a series of tar drawings and then thought about transferring the image to a book in this format."
(SOLD)

 

 


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To Know Something
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2001. One-of-a-kind.

4.75 x 6”, 72 pages. Handmade mulberry paper. Handwritten text. Longstitch case binding. Bound in black cloth covered boards.

Rory Golden: "Houses images of male figures in various postures, glorified with halos and light. Handwritten text repeats the mantra "to know...".
(SOLD)

 


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This Book Won't Close
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2000. One-of-a-kind.

4 x 5 x 1.5"; 40 pages. Mixed media. Collage. Found objects, including snake skin. Paint. Pencil. Bound in paper-covered boards with circular peephole.

Rory Golden: "The front board has a circular clear window to view the image on the flyleaf. The images and brief text focus on the confusion of striving to reconcile self, sexuality, and church."
(SOLD)

 

 


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Untitled Book
By Rory Golden
New York: Palmapodoca Press, 2005. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 6.9"; 30 pages. Five 6 page single sided accordions. Altered book pages. Collage with ink, gouache, and beeswax. Housed in 5.5 x 7.25" handmade box treated with gesso and beeswax.

Golden making art out of the pages of existing books. This untitled book uses the pages of an old Barbara Cartland paperback romance as its canvas. The result is five interchangeable accordions that tell a story of longing and love.
(SOLD)

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