SWAN SONG: Five Years & In The Black. Artist Book, Leda Black.

SWAN SONG: Five Years & In The Black.

[Providence RI?]: Black Swan Letterpress Printing and Graphic Design, (1995). 1st Edition. Limited to 500 cc. Unpaginated, though 12 pp. The book "was made of ephemeral materials, even though it is precious letterpress. It was written, designed, printed & assembled by Leda Black (© 1995)." 6-3/4" x 4-1/8". Paste-paper boards, title printed in black outline lettering to front cover. Modest wear, VG+. Item #50400.1

"Leda Black, originally from New Mexico, moved to the DC area from Upstate New York in 2010. She studied philosophy as an undergraduate and was trained in the book arts in graduate school. She operated a letterpress printing and graphic design studio after graduation and has since worked as a print and web designer. She has been working with computer graphics and photographic imagery since the 1980’s. Since 2014 she has been producing digital original prints and has lately been working with collage and assemblage.

Black makes art to highlight and mediate the distinctions and conflicts that arise from the limitations of human perception and understanding. Human minds and societies need to create dif- ferences in order to organize and structure experience—to create meaning—but these differences are subject to mental and physical limitations and are open to perversion by the exigencies of power and the forces of history. In much of her work she tries to attract attention to the particular thing outside of mental expectations and categories. Black has been creating a multi-faceted series of objects and writings called the “Female Power Project” since late 2015. Since the beginning of 2017 she has been making protest graphics." [Leda Black's Website].

This volume honors her Black Swan press, and tells of her efforts, as a neophyte, to establish same.

Price: $95.00

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