San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2017. John Baldessari. The format of the pages is standard typewriter paper size, 8-1/2 x 11 inches. There are 216 pages. The type is Remington Bold in eleven point for the text and Reproducing Bold in eight point for the captions, cast in Montoype. The type and relief prints in an array of five colors were printed by letterpress. The paper is Classic Crest. The binding is leatherette in the form of a ring binder, with titling and a spool design stamped in white foil and a color photograph of John Baldessari and William Bentley in Hollywood is set into the front cover. All copies are signed by the artist and author. The edition is limited to 300 numbered copies for sale. New. Item #CNAP109
For this imaginative project, images by the renowned Los Angeles artist John Baldessari were the inspiration for a new work of fiction by novelist and screenwriter William Bentley.
First, Baldessari produced twenty photo-collages based on stills from B-movies, in a mode familiar to his admirers. Next, Bentley imagined twenty scenes to go with them. The result is a 200-page book that showcases Baldessari's art and Bentley's flair as a comic writer with a deep understanding of American movies.
Arion's painstaking craftsmanship is applied to this mock screenplay. The text is printed from metal fonts developed to replicate the look of an old fashioned typewriter. The page format follows the conventions of Hollywood scriptwriters as to indentations, capitalization, and stage directions. The binding was hand crafted in leatherette to mimic a screenplay's ring binder. In place of Baldessari’s trademark dots over the faces of B-movie actors, a die-cut opening in the print allows words from following text page to peek through as part of the image.
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