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SOUL & PSYCHE:
THE ZYGOTES OF ART, 1996, edition of 10 signed and
numbered, 144 pp. 51/2 x 8 1/4, velox, xerox, black, white, aqua
and fuchsia hand-bound-hand-made cover, smyth-sewn.hand turned,
original photo tipped onto cover, journal-text in traditional
& PSYCHE 150
pp. 51/2 x 8 1/4, printed spine, Black, white, aqua and red cover,
perfectbound. 150 surreal photographs, continuous fictively re-sequenced
journal-form text from 1985-90.
experimental condensed language-form abbreviates English to only
those letters and symbols absolutely necessary for comprehension.
Three times as long as Rosenthal's previous books. Soul &
Psyche, in addition to providing the reader with startling personal
revelations, attempts to face the outside world of imposed stress,
with deep insights into the nature of High Art, her "Lumpy Potato
Theory of the Universe," and 35mm B&W photos which bring the
beholder into a mysterious tiny, distorted universe, as Rosenthal
continues the uphill struggle to find a place in it.
ONE 4-WORD BOOK / FOUR 1-WORD BOOKS
2 comb bindings, B&W, Amiga Computer & xerox.
of Rosenthal's Interactive Novelties, this single book-object,
locked by bindings on two sides, becomes four books if owner cuts
apart. Each 1/4 contains a single meaningful word in each direction,
that word being also the name of its font and an explication of
its cover. A play on up/down, forward/backward, left/right, single/many,
positive/negative, the beholder must follow individuated clues
to determine order and procedure for unraveling the puzzle, and
without this description, even reading the title is a challenge.
WEEKS (a collaboration with
the poet, Hannah Weiner), Xexoxial Ed., 1989
7 1/4 x 8 1/2, printed spine, bright pink cover, perfect binding,
25 of Rosenthal's "TV News" photographs and text from Weiner's
HOMO FUTURUS Visual Studies Workshop
51/2 x 8 1/4, printed spine, Varnished black, white and cyan cover,
smyth-sewn. 37 surreal photographs, 26 trompe l'oeil overlays,
34 pps. of continuous journal-form text. The third book in Barbara
Rosenthal's trilogy with Clues To Myself, Sensations and homo
Futurus could be thought of as "Clues To Ourselves." Private,
public, social and universal materials from news sources, literature,
science and personal archives mix in unified visual-verbal double-page
images to open in the reader a philosophical perception of art
SENSATIONS Visual Studies Workshop
48 pp. 5
1/2 x 8 1/4, printed spine, black, white and yellow cover, emlock
binding, 47 photographs. A beautiful novel composed of 47 surreal
photographs and 50 fables and writings. Each double-page is an
arena in which acute sensations release insight into humanity,
personality, life, art and language.
love the book Sensations, am putting it alongside John Cage's
and Alison Knowles' and Philip Corner's on my shelf of what's
next in art, what's now in good American minds..." Carol Berge.
"Life as fiction..." The Photo-Letter. "(These) image-text
inquiries...feed my hope that ... content will re-emerge in contemporary
photography..." A.D. Coleman, The Center Quarterly
CLUES TO MYSELF Visual Studies
Workshop Press, 1981
48 pp. 7
1/4 x 8 1/2, printed spine, blue and yellow cover, smyth-sewn
binding, 25 photographs and written texts.
well-spring for the intellect and the emotions..." Don Russell.
"Evocative, dreamlike visions..." Shelley Rice, The Franklin
Furnace Flue. "The paradox is to share the ultimately private..."
George Myers, Jr., Introduction to Modem Times. "A sophisticated
textbook for searching artists..." Photo-Communiqué.
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