Mark Addison Smith ~ Illinois

   
Mark Addison Smith: "[My] design specialization is typographic storytelling, allowing illustrative text to convey a visual narrative through printed matter, artist's books, and site installations."
   

No. 1: homocardia
By Mark Addison Smith
Chicago, Illinois: Mark Addison Smith, 2008. Edition of 10.

6.25 x 12.75"; 20 pages, each split down the center. Double spiral bound at right and left edges. Digital inkjet prints printed on 100 lb. Bristol board. Black, railroad board end pages. Bound in black cloth over boards with top board split down center.

Text is reconstituted words scanned from contemporary plays. Pages are cut across the vertical center to allow for multiple word hybridizations.

Mark Addison Smith: "Enlarged found letterforms sampled from a collection of contemporary plays (including Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey, Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and Neil LaBute's Bash) recombine to form an array of interactive prefixes and suffixes commenting on the shifting nuances of humanity and sexuality within a label-centric America."
$225


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No. 2: understain
By Mark Addison Smith
Chicago, Illinois: Mark Addison Smith, 2008. Edition of 10.

6.25 x 12.75"; 24 pages, each split down the center. Double spiral bound at right and left edges. Digital inkjet prints printed on 100 lb. Bristol board. Black, railroad board end pages. Bound in black cloth over boards with top board split down center.

Text is reconstituted words scanned from handwritten school journals (dated 1984). All pages are cut across the vertical center to allow for multiple word hybridizations.

Mark Addison Smith: "Enlarged found letterforms digitally extracted from two spiral bound school journals written by the artist in 1984 at the age of 8 are recombined to form an array of interactive prefixes and suffices commenting on the shifting nuances between childhood, adulthood, and the fragile self-evolution of identity and sexuality within contemporary America."
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Pupillary Distance
By Mark Addison Smith
Chicago, Illinois: Mark Addison Smith, 2008. Edition of 10.

15 x 11"; 26 unnumbered pages containing digital inkjet prints of eye prescriptions and reconfigured paper letterforms. Printed on 80 lb. Wausau text weight paper. Stab-stitch binding with dyed thread. Covers of 90 lb. Stonehenge black paper.

Imaginative narrative technique: the two stories play out simultaneously by telling one with the top half of letters and the other with the bottom half. The parallels are intriguing.

Mark Addison Smith: "Pupillary distance is defined as the distance between the centers of the pupils in each eye. If the optical center of the lenses in prescription glasses is not exactly aligned with the pupillary distance, vision tension and physical pain can result. This applies to human experience, as well, with escalation tensions between individuals who do not see eye to eye.

"Based on journal entries, where seemingly disconnected stories collapse together into same space storytelling, a personal narrative about eye pain and vision clarity is juxtaposed with a story about insult and homophobia, using cut-out construction paper letters and the artist's personal collection of eye prescriptions."

$125


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