Barbara Rosenthal's Publications
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.
BUTTON PINS: NICE s.p. N.Y.C.,
1995. 2 button pins: white background, black slogan. 1. "Don't expect
me to be nice to you." 2. "I don't expect you to be nice to me."
Completely hand-made by the artist with her own word-processor,
circle-cutter and button-pin machine.
of a depression in 1993, the artist wrote in her Journal (subsequently
edited and published in Homo Futurus, 1986., Visual Studies Workshop
1993. Warm sharp sunlight. Cool breeze all day. Perhaps I have
begun to find beauty again. Loveliness, simplicity. Perhaps not
just the ugly, tawdry, imperfect. Perhaps with the beautiful spring
I can begin to look at life and see my surroundings through a
filter of appreciation, and not with the lens of sourness which
now transmits only the alien, substandard .... Perhaps I might
begin to partiak of the world, not rival it. Perhaps a new era
of integration has begun. / Idea for button pin: 'Don't expect
me to be nice to you.."
is another of Rosenthal's interactive pieces born from her idea
that verbalization of her own psyche produces ore for others.
ASSORTED CARDS & POSTCARDS s.p.,
assortment of original postcards and greeting cards by Barbara
Rosenthal some related to the artist's books, others independent.
Color and B&W.
BOOKMARKS s.p., N.Y.C., 1986
assortment of B&W and colored bookmarks, recommended for flagging
your favorite pages in your favorite classics, thereby compiling
an "exploded book."
YOU AND I CARD GAME s.p., N.Y.C.,
card game about Art and Life (rules included but purchasers are
encouraged to vary them.) Originally designed by Barbara Rosenthal
to play with Linda Montano, and played in the window of The New
Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Easter Sunday,1986.
POCKETFUL OF POESY. INTERACTIVE NOVELTY
A pun on poesy/poetry,
this hand-made denim pouch-pocket (8 inches wide by 9 inches high,
by 1 inch thick, fastened by two 1/2 diameter grippers) holds several
dozen of Rosenthal's original poems and short stories, as well as
her post-cards, hand-cards, photos, xerox pieces and miscellaneous
printed materials. Each pouch is slightly different and contains
slightly different contents, updated as long as the edition remains
open )under 10 of existence as of Nov. 27. 1996).
Rosenthal, The Media Loft, 463 West St. #A-628, NY, NY 10014-2035, Tel.
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