Strong Silent Type Press ~ Minnesota
(Fred Hagstrom)

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Fred Hagstrom: “I come to book arts through printmaking. After many years of working in traditional print formats, I have gravitated to working in the book form because I like the clarity of working with specific content, being directed by a story. My work varies in style as I try to find the right approach to each story.

“At the same time that I have moved more into book arts, I have helped to build an artist’s book collection at my school, Carleton College. I think that the highest honor any of these books can have is if they are helpful or insightful to students, having a long life in teaching collections.”
   

Bukowski illustrated bookworks
Collaborations with Greg Hewitt
Poetry with illustrations bookworks
War and Peace books

 
   

BRAVO
Text by Fred Hagstrom and Joel Weisberg
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2016. Edition of 31.

14 x 20"; 52 pages. Printed in relief and silkscreen. Three color intaglio cover. Printed on Frankfurt Smooth paper. Geneva type font. Text by Fred Hagstrom and Joel Weisberg. Design and printing by Fred Hagstrom. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Fred Hagstrom: "Bravo is the about the legacy of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. The Castle Bravo test in 1954, along with 8 years of previous nuclear tests, left the islands with terrible
problems of nuclear contamination. Islanders have suffered removal from their homes, and high rates of cancers and birth defects. The U.S. government knowingly relocated them to contaminated islands."

Further Comments: "Most of the quotes come from interviews in two films – Nuclear Savage and Half Life. Some of the quotes come from articles my friend in physics found from science journals.

"The images are carved into plastic plates and printed relief. The cover is intaglio, printed from 3 collagraph plates. The end pages are relief, each printed from 4 relief plates. The only silkscreen images are for the title page and the colophon. The text is printed in silkscreen over a base of relief printing from wood. The main pages with the images each have 4 layers--3 in stages of gray, plus the black key block."
$ 1,000


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Fade (Euridice)
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2015. Edition of 12.

10 x 14.75"; 20 pages. Printed silkscreen on Rives BFK paper. Text font optima. Bound in cloth over boards with silkscreen image on front board. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Fred Hagstrom: "Fade tells the story of Orpheus and Euridice in visual terms. It uses little text, but conveys the moment when Euridice disappears from Orpheus's vision. It uses a single repeated image of the face of Euridice, becoming more faint with each turn of the page. Finally, the image disappears, and a segment of the classic text replaces the image. In some ways, this book is similar to the genre of the wordless novels, quickly read, but telling the story in a linear manner much like a silent film."
$600 (Last 3 copies)

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When Men Go Hungry
Printed and designed by Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2014. Edition of 36.

10.5 x 7.25"; 68 pages. Letterpress printed on Frankfurt Smooth paper using Futura font. Codex binding with cloth spine and silkscreen covers. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Fred Hagstrom: "This book is on the history of the Dakota uprising of 1862. It was printed 152 years after that event in Minnesota, on land that had been the home of the Dakota.

"The Dakota had been forced onto a small portion of their land in a reserve that was unable to sustain them. Promised gold payments were late and were often skimmed off by profiteering traders. Faced with starvation, the Dakota fought back, killing hundreds of settlers. After a period of six weeks, they were captured and imprisoned. Over that winter, many died in a concentration camp at Fort Snelling. 38 Dakota men were hanged in a mass execution. Eventually, the Dakota were removed from the state. They have never received compensation for the loss of their homeland."

$900

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Poetry with illustrations bookworks
   
Forces and Fossils
Poem by Dylan Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2011. Edition of 25.

11.25 x 15.25"; 24 pages. Silk-screen printed. Drum leaf binding. Bound in cloth with an inset slate panel on front board.

Colophon: "The images are from illustrations by Ernst Haeckel in RADIOLARIA, 1862. The text is by Dylan Thomas The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower from THE POEMS OF DYLAN THOMAS, copyright 1939 by New Directions Publishing Corp."

Fred Hagstrom: "While the poem is certainly open to multiple interpretations, to me it has always been about the basic forces of nature, particularly about the renewal that comes in the cycle of life and death. The Haeckel images are some of the most beautiful drawings/prints I have seen in natural history illustrations. Radiolaria are a form of protozoa that produce intricate mineral skeletons. The forms of the actual specimens that make up the Haeckel illustrations are incredibly intricate and diverse. I was struck by the beauty of these forms from nature and wanted to pair them with a poem that I find equally beautiful."
$900

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The Second Coming
By W. B. Yeats
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2010. Edition of 20.

11.25 x 14.5"; 24 pages. Printed from polymer plates on BFK Rives Gray. Font is Myriad Pro. Three-color intaglio prints (the rectangular images) by Hagstrom from plastic plates applied to the base paper with chine-collé. Metal engravings by Gillespie (the round images) are printed in color then applied chine-collé to the base sheet of paper. Chine-collé paper is Iwaki. Bound in cloth-covered boards with a circular metal engraving (by Gillespie) on the front cover.

Strong Silent Type Press: "The Second Coming is based on the poem by William Butler Yeats. The book contains five hand engraved intaglio prints by Oscar Gillespie, and five intaglio prints by Fred Hagstrom. ...Yeats' text is about moments of great change in the world, evoking images from the Middle East and the beginning of Christianity. We chose this text because we think it is a beautiful poem, but also quite significant at this point in time, still close to the millennium, and at a time of violent change in the Middle East. We chose not to do a literal illustration of the images from the poem, but instead hope that we have served the text well through our own interpretation of it."

Fred Hagstrom: "Each of us tried in our own ways to respond to the poem. Neither of us wanted to do illustration in the sense of actually depicting a visual image from the poem. ... I like a kind of very open response to the text in which you can still relate the images to the text. … Oscar and I discussed a little bit the fact that his son has served in the Middle East during this time, and I certainly feel that the text – moments of great change, the ideas of changes at the end of important time periods, along with how much of the poem invokes images from the Middle East – none of this can be separated from the current wars there."
$700 (Last Copy)


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Kill Box
By Joanna Rawson
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2008. Edition of 19.

12.5 x 15.5 x 2"; 22 pages. Text in Veranda printed from polymer plates. Intaglio images printed chine-collé by plastic plates and letterpress. Paper is BFK Rives, gray, with Iwaki for the chine-collé paper. Bound in black cloth with tipped on image on front board. Housed in a black plywood box.

Fred Hagstrom: "Text is by Joanna Rawson. Her poem is about a group of men trying to cross the border who die when they are sealed in a shipping container. I tried to use design and images to convey the claustrophobic sense of her words."

This is the first publication of Rawson's poem.
$700


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your life in two's
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

4.25 x 4.5"; 24 pages. Intaglio,chine-collé, letterpress. Text and images by Fred Hagstrom. Numbered but unsigned.

Fred Hagstrom: "This is a small book and short text about the rhythm of breathing in our lives."

Text excerpt:

your first breath is an inhale
your last breath is an exhale

$250

 


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Collaborations with Greg Hewitt - poetry and printmaking.
 

His Small Self Constant, Variable
By Greg Hewett
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

11 x 13"; 18 pages. Intaglio images from plastic plate in three colors. Text printed letterpress from polymer plates. Base paper Rives Gray. Images applied chine collé on Iwaki paper. Codex binding. Black cloth covered boards with intaglio print on front board.

Poetry by Greg Hewett; 10 images by Fred Hagstrom.
$700

 

 


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Echo
By Greg Hewett
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2007. Edition of 12.

11 x 10"; 15 pages. Text printed letterpress from polymer plates. Intaglio images printed in three colors from plastic plates on full page. Codex binding. Cloth-covered boards with print on front board. Printing assistants: Megan Fitz and Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas.

As when a few sharp grains of sand strike
your cheek, land on your iris,
words become so small, ...

$600 (Three copies remaining)


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First Light
By Greg Hewett
St. Paul, Minnesota: [Strong Silent Type Press], 2005. Edition of 19.

7.75 x 12"; 30 pages.16 block prints (relief engraved images) printed in silver from plastic plates by Fred Hagstrom. The prints are produced with a technique like wood engraving, but done on polystyrene, a hard plastic, rather than word. Hagstrom was "one of the first to promote use of plastic for engraving." The images are carved into the plastic with engraving tools — a burin and half-tone rake. Text printed from set type in brown ink. Printed on handmade paper. Bound in black paper covered illustrated boards with black cloth spine. Cover relief printed from etched copper plate (the lines that would be black in an intaglio print are white and the surface or raised portion is white) with 2.5 x 3" block print image tipped on front board. Codex binding with hard cover and black cloth spine. Printing, binding, papermaking by Molly Kent and Jesse Trentadue.

Two poems by Greg Hewett with image by Hagstrom: "Five Appearances of the Noumenon" and "Night-Blooming Cereus."

you appear last in a helix of snow
intricate geometries ticking
without synchrony ...

$350 (Seven copies remaining)


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Junked
By Greg Hewett
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2005. Edition of 20.

9.5 x 6.25"; 24 pages. Full-page images printed intaglio in three colors from plastic plates by Fred Hagstrom on BFK Rives. Text letterpress from handset type. Signature hardcover binding. Bound in maroon cloth covered boards with intaglio image on front board. Printing assistance by Molly Kent.

Poem by Greg Hewett accompanied with images by Fred Hagstrom.

Fred Hagstrom: "Greg and I discuss the basic theme of each next book, then work fairly independently before I try to connect images to words in an appropriate manner."

junked by the invisible world
the eye concentrates on aphids
                        swarming slow-mo under maroon velvet
                        leaves of coleus on the window-sill ...

$400 (Three copies remaining)


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Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994) poet, novelist, and short story writer. Selected writings illustrated by Fred Hagstrom.
   

Can't Win
Text by Charles Bukowski
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2009. Edition of 18.

15.5 x 22"; 24 unnumbered pages. Twelve large format woodcut images printed in three colors. Text printed in silkscreen. Font: Corbel. Images and text design by Fred Hagstrom. Bound in cloth-covered boards with a woodcut (9.5" tall) that spans the middle of both front and back boards.

Fred Hagstrom: "This book uses the text of a single poem by Charles Bukowski 'Lost.' Single lines of the poem are paired with large portrait heads that are carved in a rough drawing style. The intent was to emphasize the stark quality of the text.

"The poem is about a general sense of frustration and lack of power, but it is impossible to read it in our current context without thinking about issues such as our current wars. That might be our military wars, our war on drugs, or any of our collective endeavors that seem to be bound up in such a sense of frustration or futility. I am sure one could also read it as a sense of personal futility as well, but for some reason it evoked in me a stronger impression of those public struggles that seem to go on with little hope of resolution."

Hagstrom has transformed 'Lost' into 'Can't Win.' The move from description of circumstances to expression of futility is telling.

Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994) poet, novelist, and short story writer. "Lost" is a selection from Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame: Selected Poems 1955 - 1973 by Charles Bukowski, reprinted here by permission of Harper Collins.
$700

 

 

 


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Hastings takes a look at war from many different sides.
   
Standing Place
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2012. Edition of 28.

10 x 11 x 1.25"; 42 pages. Verdana font. Silkscreen printed. Drum leaf binding. Cloth-covered boards with silkscreen printed illustration on front cover.

Colophon: "Manos Nathan designed the Kawai pattern used on the cover. It is titled Tatai Hono, the joining of lines of descent. ... Thanks to Patricia Grace for allowing me to refer to her book Ned and Katina."

Fred Hagstrom: "I take students to New Zealand every two years, and in doing that have made good friends at a Maori Marae, which is a tribal meetinghouse. This is the story of their parents. Ned Nathan joined the Maori Battalion at the start of World War II. Like other Maori, he came from a rural background, but wanted to serve to help to improve the standing of Maori people in New Zealand. The battalion's first major battles were in Crete. Ned was badly wounded, presumed dead, and was left behind as the British evacuated and left the island to German occupation. He made his way up into the mountains and was helped by villagers there. They risked everything to help the stranded British soldiers. He learned Greek and passed as a local when interviewed by the Germans. He also fell in love with a woman from the village. He was later captured and sent to a German POW camp. After the war, he returned to Crete to marry Katina. They moved to New Zealand where they raised a family, started multiple businesses, and helped many people from Greece and Crete to immigrate to New Zealand. They also founded the marae that I visit. This book is made in the friendship I feel for this remarkable family."

$800

 

 

 


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When I First Arrived in Baghdad
By Stan Honda
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2011. Edition of 35.

11 x 10 x 1"; 26 pages. Printed in silkscreen. Photographic images. Font is Futura. Bound in stainless steel covers with wire edge binding.

Fred Hagstrom: "I first contacted Stan Honda, a news photographer for Agence France Presse, in the days after September 11th. He took some of the most moving photographs of that day, including some of business people shrouded in dust and trying to get home after the collapse of the towers. These have become some of the most iconic images of that day. I was struck by the human qualities in his photos and invited him to speak at my school. We stayed in touch, and I have seen that same quality in much of his later work, including his photos from the gulf after Katrina, and from two trips to Iraq. He seems to always have a sense for bringing out the human part of these stories. For this book, I asked him to give me a selection of his Iraq photos and to respond to a brief sort of interview for me to generate the text. I then printed the photos in silk-screen, pairing them with his words. Together they do the best of journalism: a human perspective on a complicated moment in history."
$1,000

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deeply honored
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2010.
Second edition, Edition of 26.

11 x 15.25"; 28 pages. Printed in silkscreen on Rives grey. Drum-leaf binding. Cloth covered boards with a silk-screen image of barbed wire.

Images from the period of the war were obtained from the Carleton College and the Densho archives. Text is taken from letters in the Carleton archives. The visual quality of the original letters and documents required they be transcribed for this printing. The Shigemura letters were printed in Lucinda Handwriting, a font that approximated the handwriting of Mrs. Shigemura. The Carleton letters and memos have been transcribed into Monaco. The descriptive text is printed in Verdana.

Fred Hagstrom: "deeply honored is a story about the internment of Japanese Americans during the war. Carleton College took in several students under scholarship in order to get them out of internment camps. This was part of the Student Relocation Council, organized by John Nason, President of Swarthmore College.

"Carleton's first such student was Frank Shigemura, who enlisted after one great year at Carleton. He was killed in France. After the war, his parents were released and returned to Seattle. They appreciated what Carleton had done for their son, so they began a string of contributions to the College. This added up over the years, until the College President discovered that they were living in poverty and were giving a large portion of their income to the school. He tried (without success) to discourage them from any more contributions. Carleton has a scholarship in his name, and a room in his honor in our memorial hall. When his parents died, they left anything they had to Carleton.

"The book is about this tremendous family and what they did in the face of one of the great injustices of our history. deeply honored is a phrase from Mrs Shigemura. The text is from archival letters, including those of Mrs. Shigemura to the school.

"A sample of the text – a letter from Mrs. Shigemura to a Carleton Dean: We deeply feel honored in having Frank's picture in a memorial booklet honoring Carleton College gold star men. It is hard to realize that Frank will never return. I can only say that I am grateful that he was able to serve his country, God and us all. I shall always be proud to be the mother of a true American. Frank has often mentioned in his letters about the fair treatment and kindness he received from both the faculty and the students of Carleton College. I cannot find words adequate enough to fully express our thanks. We are ever and ever so grateful to you all."

It's difficult not to be over-the-top in praising this presentation of this story. If you can read it and not be moved, we occupy different realities. [Vamp & Tramp]

Because of the great interest in this subject Hagstrom decided to create this second edition. Fred Hagstrom: "All of the images and text are the same, but the colors are quite different. I think I prefer the 2nd edition."

Hagstrom has "hopes that some new fund raising for his scholarship fund is in the works."
(SOLD)


Article: Honor Bound, Carleton College Voice
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The Little Book of Slavery
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2012. Edition of 20.

5.5" x 5.25"; 22 pages. Letterpress. Wire edge binding. Numbered on colophon.

Fred Hagstrom: "The Little Book of Slavery was done in tandem with a larger related book on the topic of the slave trade titled Passage. Both books use images of the slave ship diagrams from an anti-slavery publication of 1788. During the work on both books I experimented with different processes and layering of color and texture. I was trying to use archival diagrams and photographs in a way that was consistent with the original quality of the images. In the Little Book the images are coupled with statistics on the economic issues of the slave trade."
$350 (SOLD)


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Paradise Lost
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2012. Edition of 24.

12.75 x 19"; 84 pages. Printed in silkscreen on Iwaki and St. Arnaud papers. Photo sources are from archival newsreels. Ariel typeface. Codex binding. Bound quarter cloth with silkscreen covers.

Grainy photographs taken from old newsreels are interspersed with Hagstrom's expressive prints and snippets of text in this powerful work about the ignorance and arrogance of the US in conducting nuclear tests in the Marshall islands.

Fred Hagstrom: "Paradise Lost is about nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands conducted by the US in the 40's and 50's. It focuses on the first two explosions on Bikini Atoll in 1946. The Bikinians were told that testing the bomb was essential to prevent future wars. They had no way of knowing that they would not be able to return to their island, and how greatly their lives would be affected by the tests. Bikini is still deemed unsafe for their return. The tests also exposed large numbers of service members to dangerous levels of radiation – the first of our atomic veterans. Many of these sailors spent much of their lives in treatment for diseases related to their exposure."

From Paradise Lost: Operation Crossroads was the beginning of the nuclear test program, begun on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in July 1946. The fourth and fifth atomic explosions in history were detonated there in the Bikini Lagoon. A target fleet of 95 vessels was placed in the lagoon to test the power of the bombs against traditional navy ships. The Bikini islanders were moved to the island of Rongerik. 40,000 troops took part in the tests under the supervision of the U.S. Navy.

There is nothing in my life that I want more than to go back home to Bikini. The reason I can't go there is because the Americans tell me there is poison there. I don't understand this. I am asking America to take us home.

I don't recall in our whole time there any words of radioactivity being spoken of … not to us, the crew members. We were never told about radioactive exposure. In fact, we didn't know what the word was.

Information from the Bikini website: "At the time of the evacuation of Bikini Atoll in 1946 there were 196 natives living on the island. As of 2012, 34 still survive. At this time [2012] the people of Bikini remain scattered throughout the Marshall Islands and the world as they wait for the cleanup of Bikini to begin in earnest, mostly due to the fact that the money they have received from the U.S. government is not adequate to fund a full radiological cleanup of the entire atoll."
(SOLD)

 

 

   

Passage
By Fred Hagstrom
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2016.
Second edition of 11 + 1 variant.

16 x 16.25"; pages. Silkscreen on Rives paper. Font: Myriad Pro. Drum leaf binding. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Fred Hagstrom: "Passage uses images and texts from two historical books that were important for building opposition to the slave trade: An Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade by Thomas Clarkson, 1788, and Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Person of Color by A.Mott, 1837. Both books presented stark evidence of the cruelty of the slave trade. The Clarkson diagrams showing the conditions of how people were transported for the middle passage was a particularly important visual symbol for the abolition movement. Passage combines the diagram images with archival photographs of people who lived part of their lives as slaves."

Story of Jack: "Well, Jack, you back is all covered with scars and sores, and I see no place to begin to whip."

Story of Lott: "About the year 1813, his wife died, and shortly after, he bought himself and two little children for $350."
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So many many
By Charles Bukowski
St. Paul, Minnesota: Strong Silent Type Press, 2005. Edition of 20.

11 x 14.5"; 40 pages. Printed letterpress from polymer plates. Five intaglio images in three colors by Fred Hagstrom and five intaglio images in two colors by Graham Fransella (Melbourne, Australia). Codex binding in maroon cloth with detail from a Fransella intaglio image on front cover.

Fred Hagstrom: "This book is based on a poem by Charles Bukowski, used with permission. The poem is about a sort of vacant feeling as we look around us at people we run into every day, and we tried to use images that helped to convey that feeling. The collaboration with an Australian artist came about due to my leading student trips to Australia and New Zealand every two years....

"The thing that has always mattered to me in art is narrative. In the past, I thought that telling a story required a kind of visual theater that used figures as the players. I now think that this was a narrow definition of narrative. In the art of indigenous people (Maori carving and aboriginal art from Australia) I have found a whole new way to think about a visual story. I see similar examples from different parts of the world such as Buddhist or Islamic art. Things that appear to be abstract can actually be a very specific, poetic narrative. You can learn to read these stories, and following the often difficult path of this reading can lead to a powerful kind of understanding. I have had only glimpses of this."
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