Red Trillium Press ~ Massachusetts
(Steven C. Daiber)

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Exhibition, The Book A Contemporary View: “Steven Daiber trained in drawing and painting … Daiber has been making books … and owns the Red Trillium Press in Florence, Massachusetts. Daiber describes himself as the son of two biologists and a perpetual student of nature. He connects his interest in nature to the time he spent on the Delaware seashore collecting specimens and assisting with his father’s research. He says that he still collects, dissects, and draws the animal and plant life around him.”
   

Cuban based books by Steven Daiber

 
   

Lillian
By Steven C. Daiber
Williamsburg, Massachusetts: Red Trillium Press, 1996.
Edition of 5 plus one artist copy.

9.5 x 12" closed, extends to 57"; 12 pages + colophon. Double-sided
accordion with six panels. Woodcuts, watercolor, photocopies. Printed on Rives Heavyweight. Laid in cloth bound portfolio with magnet closure. Signed by the artist.

Red Trillium Press: "Lillian is an accordion book with six panels. The first and last panels are woodcuts drawn from illustration of Marcello Malpighi's Anatome Plantarum. The panels in between the woodcuts are four-color Xerox collages of the medical records of the artist's daughter's gestation. On the verso are six watercolors of plants found in the fields and woods of western New England. Overlaying one watercolor is a section of topographic map locating a stand of old growth forest in Western Massachusetts."

Steven Daiber: "Lillian was created for the exhibition, Science and the Artist's Book at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C., 1995-96. Among the volumes of the Dibner Science Collection at the Smithsonian, I chose to respond to Marcello Malpighi's Anatome Plantarum because I was attracted to his pioneering work with the microscope, discovering the fundamental features of plant growth and the embryonic growth of the chicken."

Smithsonian, Science and the Artist's Book: Steven C. Daiber, the son of two biologists, investigates forms of nature through his drawings. He responds to Malpighi's pioneering book in a very personal way, relating images of plant growth to vegetation found near his Massachusetts home, and comparing chicken embryo stages to the pre-natal sonograms of his daughter.
$3,000


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Steven Daiber has traveled to Cuba annually since 2001. In Havana, he has the opportunity to work with several print shops and many different Cuban artists. This section of books are those produced as a result of his visits and relationships with artists and print shops in Cuba.
 
El que vive de ilusiones muere de desengaño.
He who lives with illusions dies of disenchantment

By Steven Daiber
Havana: Red Trillium Press, 2015. Edition of 6 + Artist Proof.

13 x 4" closed, extends to 34"; 7 text leaves, 4 map leaves (double-sided). Silkscreen on a 1979 Cuban atlas with text digitally printed on Thai Unryu, and Japanese Yatsuo paper. Whirlwind binding with Kyoseishi Sora paper. Printed at the Taller Bablu Aye, Havana Cuba. Set in ITC Goudy Sans. Text in Spanish and English. Translation by Udania Mones Linares. Signed, dated, and numbered on the colophon by Daiber. For display purposes includes 15.25 x 5.75" vertical oblong bag with handles to hold rolled book in. Each bag text varies with responses to Daiber's questions printed on the exterior.

Steven Daiber: "A collaboration with Cubans ages 12 to 77 reflecting upon the changing relations with Cuba and the United States.

"We have witnessed an improvement in dialogue between Cuba and the US. Since my return to Havana in January 2015, this new dialogue has been a point of discussion with every Cuban I have met. I asked Cubans ages 12 -72 two questions. What are your expectations for the future? Do you have any concerns with how the US and Cuba can work together?"

$2,400

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La acera / The Side Walk
By Steven Daiber
Havana: Red Trillium Press, 2007 - 2015. Edition of 10.

19 x 15" folder in chipboard with cloth spine, title on front cover. Contains: Maps: 18.8 x 15" closed extending to 88.5", 12 pages, double sided; Essay: 18.75 x 15", 8 pages. Participants: Serigraphy by Steven Daiber in 2007 and 2011 with assistance from Carlos Delgado at the Taller de Serigrafia Porto Carrero, Havana, Cuba; Additional serigraphy by Michael Fitzpatrick, Florence, Massachusetts; Editor, Jean Zimmer, Northampton, Massachusetts; Translator, Yudania Mone Linares, Havana, Cuba; Type setting, Lisa Carta, Florence, Massachusetts. Paper for the serigraphy: 1979 Atlas Nacional de Cuba. Text printed on Hahnemühle Bugra. Text in Spanish and English. Numbered and signed by Daiber.

Red Trillium Press: "Everyone walks in Cuba – often for pleasure and always for the necessities of life. A slow stride is needed when the Cuban sun hammers you into a red-eyed, burnt and sweaty puddle. But everyone walks in Cuba. You walk to the agro for fruits and vegetables. You traverse neighborhoods in search of the lowest prices on soap, coffee, Soya oil, or deodorant. Or you may stroll along the Malecón sea wall in the evening to cool off and take in the sea and cityscape.

La Acera is a walking map of Havana recording the daily lives of Red Trillium Press traveling to Havana for over 15 years. La Acera is printed on the 1979 Atlas National de Cuba in 2007 & 2011 and is accompanied by an essay describing the artist’s family lived experiences in La Habana.

“The first printing in 2007 is an impression of sidewalks throughout Havana. The first page is the sidewalk in Plaza de Armas in Habana Vieja of beautiful limestone cut to expose the geology of sea. The second image is the sidewalk in concrete, with repairs and graffiti and footprints cast while the concrete was wet. The third is sidewalk in disrepair, worn down to the dirt with passing many feet and plants surviving at the edges.

“Returning in 2011 to the Taller de Serigrafia Porto Carrero, three maps of Havana recording the history of Daiber’s travels in Havana were printed. The first map is of Habana Vieja, the second map is of the city – La Habana, the third map is of Vadado the neighborhood.

Walking in Havana is a delight for the foreigner, who watches the city breathe change. For the Cuban, though, life in Havana more often remains la lucha.”
$2,000

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La playa
By essay by Norberto Marrero Pírez
Havana, Cuba: Red Trillium Press, 2011. Edition of 7.

9.75 x 13" case with two items: pamphlet with essay in original Spanish and in English; prints by Daiber. Pamphlet: 12.9 x 9.5"; 8 pages; handsewn binding. Prints: 9.5 x 13"; 12 pages; double-sided accordion structure; lithography and woodcut on a Cuban atlas. Wraparound cloth-covered case with magnet closure.

Steven Daiber: "In 2010 while working in the Taller Experimental de la Grafica, I overprinted the 1978 Atlas of Cuba, a volume published for the twentieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution incorporating antique images found on lithographic stones at the taller. These found images are record of both the advertising and the tobacco industry in Cuba at the turn of the twentieth century.

"Pages of the accordion book are attached with hinges printed from the Mambi tobacco label celebrating the Cuban Calvary of the 1898 War for Independence (Spanish-American War) along with images from Christmas wrapping paper – snow covered trees and all. On the verso, the pages are printed with the soles of shoes found abandoned on city streets."

Essay by Norberto Marrero Pírez (English translation by Yudania Monés): "It is neither the bather clinging to the sand, nor the sun radiating tons of silence. It is not even the wind enveloping everything with tits ravenous caresses. It is perhaps the night in which, gagged by the stillness of the stars, that very bather clinging to the sand drinks from a slow and dark stream. Everything is less painful; any defeat is easier to bear within silence. And since all bearable things are eternal, so is the dream of that bather clinging to the sand, his eyes examining the horizon, relishing the calmness of the waters, once again before the immensity of his dream."
$1,500


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El Muro: The Wall
By Eduardo Hernández Santos
Williamsburg, Massachusetts: Red Trillium Press, 2008.
Edition of 1200.

9 x 14”; 18 leaves (2 pink free end sheets, 1 pink divider, 10 photograph fold outs, 5 text pages). Ten black and white triptych photographs, two bilingual essays, and a glossary. Printed by duotone offset lithography on Shine, a luminous mica-coated acid-free paper, with three sheets of translucent magenta paper separating the photographs and essays. The essays, by Eduardo Hernández Santos and Abel Sierra Madero (noted Cuban ethnologist), are presented in Spanish and English. Also included is a bi-lingual translation of the lines by poet Virgilio Piñera and the individual letters Hernandez added to the photographs of the wall, which are abbreviations of pejorative terms used in Cuba to refer to homosexuals. Wire-o binding opening to 20" so the triptychs may be viewed in full.

Red Trillium Press: "Eduardo took these photographs in the summer of 2005. Working in the dark of night he printed them on expired photo paper and with exhausted chemistry, in his bedroom-turned-darkroom in Centro Habana. Hernández then adhered lines of poetry by the late Cuban poet and playwright Virgilio Piñera to the photographs of the wall, metaphorically breaking down the mortar that supports the hateful edifice of heteronormativity that confines his subjects to the edge of the city.

"Eduardo Hernández Santos’ El Muro is a composite chronicle of late-night life at Havana’s utmost limit of the city: the seafront wall, popularly known as the Malecón. El Muro is a significant visual source of constantly-thwarted gay nightlife in Havana, but above all it is a social document about the members of a historical underclass emerging from hiding to contest efforts to control their lifestyles, to proclaim their normality and their non-conformity of the status quo. These powerful images express the subjects’ abiding desire to reaffirm their existence.

"Hernández photographs combine the anthropological and the voyeuristic. The series confirms that human sexuality is a continuum of possibilities that encompasses not only the subtle but also the sensational. Each photograph is also a remarkable testimony to human endurance and triumph of the spirit, motivated by humiliation, scorn, derision, homophobia, and intolerance. These are the people Hernández celebrates with his photographs. He presents them not as passive players but as people who struggle (though more quietly than not) to oppose their discrimination even when opposition is a tough choice."
$25 Trade edition
$600 Deluxe edition: comes in a clamshell box and includes a signed copy of El Muro and two pigmented-ink portraits signed on verso.


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Lambda Literary Award nomination and review of El Muro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

Almendrones
By Steven C. Daiber
Havana, Cuba: Red Trillium Press, 2006. Edition of 25 plus 2 binder’s copies.

13.75 x 9.5 x 1.875". Two books, one with the prints, one with background information on the project and the artists, housed in a linen clam box. Woodcut, lithography, silkscreen, and intaglio printed at the Taller Nelson Domingo, Taller Experimenta De Graphic, and private tallers in Havana. Copies 16-25 are for each participating artist.

Colophon: "Collaborative project with 10 Cuban printmakers, who each offer one image of the culture of aging American cars that populate their country where recycling of materials is a necessity of life and creative art form.”

Artists: Laura Hidalgo Cabrer (woodcut with handcoloring and presstype), Luis Lamothe Duribe (linoleum), Orlando Montalván (callograph), Julio César Peña Peralta (lithography and linoleum), Yordanis García Delgado (lithography), Jesús Roberto Reyes Romeu (Chucho) (linoleum), Hanoi Pérez Cordero (silkscreen), Isolina Limonta Rodríguez (lithography), Dania Fleites (etching), and Alejandro Ramón Saínz Alfonso (silkscreen and linoleum).
$1,800

 


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Postcards
By Steven C. Daiber
Williamsburg, Massachusetts: Red Trillium Press, 2006. Edition of 5.

4.25 x 6.125". 16 postcards. Accordion fold souvenir package. Silkscreen.

Postcards consists of souvenir postcards overprinted with found historical images plus images that appeared in Cuban newspapers in the spring of 2006. Juan Leal printed the historical lithographic images from original stones and Hanoi Perez did the silkscreen printing, which was completed in April 2006 at the Taller Nelson Domingo, Havana, Cuba.
$250


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Tobacco
By Steven C. Daiber
2003. Edition of 3

10 x 67" extended, accordion bound. Densely overprinted lithographic images of Cuban tobacco art. Printed from original stones at Taller Experimenta De Grafica, Havana, Cuba.

Steven C. Daiber: "In September 2003 I went to Havana, Cuba for ten months. In Havana I was able to print in three different print shops. First printing at the sate run Taller Experimenta De Grafica where there is an archive of hundreds of lithographic stones containing images used in the Cuban tobacco industry, advertising, North American comics, and even Christmas wrapping paper. In addition there are two smaller state owned Tallers and at least half dozen private workshops."
$200


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Red Trillium Press Out of Print Title:
• Cuban Flies (2003, edition of 3)
• Hecho a Mano en Cuba

 

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