Bookworks - Jim Johnson
BOOKWORKS

A partial bibliography of book works produced between 1978 and 2015




LETTERS TO LIBRARIES, Five books, each consisting of one phrase. Each page in each book is one letter of the phrase. The pages may be installed so as to spell out the texts in order. 2015, 149 pp., 4 X 4", inkjet on card stock, ring binders, boxed edition of 6. Available at Abecedarian Artists' Books.



MIND IS THE BINDER, An alphabet book with the title phrase embedded in it. Mulitiple installations possible. 2015, 33 pp., 4 X 4", inkjet on card stock, ring binder, edition of 10. Available at Abecedarian Artists' Books.



ELLIPSIS, A selection of charcoal drawings created between 2011-2015. 2015, 74 pp., 7 X 7", hard bound, edition open, POD. Available from Blurb and Abecedarian Artists' Books.

PARSE, an alphabet book with the title word embedded in it. 2015, 28 pp., 2 1/2 X 2 1/2", inkjet on card stock, ring binder, edition of 10.

A BOOK IS A STACK OF PRINTS, an alphabet book beginning with the title and finished with the remaining letters in alphabetical order. It may be installed in various ways. 2014, 36 pp., 4 X 4", inkjet on card stock, ring binder, edition of 10. Available at Abecedarian Artists' Books.



TEXTS FOR TYPE, Six texts were specifically written to be set in six unique different and original typefaces; Aurora, Comix, Magic Squares, Stresdt, Skeletons, and Spankie. 2013, 50 pp., 4 X 7", paperback, perfect-bound, edition open, POD. Available from Printed Matter, Inc. and Lulu.com.

TIME'S WALLET, is an interactive multimedia CD-ROM by artist Jim Johnson and writer Steve Katz. Comprised of text from selections of the author's "Memoirrhoids," the work engages the reader/viewer in the graphic interpretations of the visual artist. For Macintosh computers only. 2010, CD ROM, 5 X 5 1/2", limited edition. Available from Printed Matter, Inc.

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IMPASTO, An alphabet book of painted letters, the pages show both the front and the back of each letter in full color. 2009, paperback, perfect and/or spiral bound, 57 pp., 7.5 X 7.5", edition open, POD. Available at: Lulu.com and Printed Matter, Inc. and Abecedarian Artists' Books.



FAMOUS LAST WORDS, A typographical rendition of famous last words, actual and colloquial; parting shots and farewells. Written backwards, the phrases are read as though in rewind mode. 2008, paperback, perfect-bound, 73 pp., 4 X 6 3/4", edition open, POD. Available at: Lulu.com and Printed Matter, Inc.



FAMOUS LAST WORDS, A PDF book of pencil drawings of famous last words. 2008, 72 pp., 8 1/2 X 11", edition open, POD. 5.1 MB Download

MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED, A cautionary blank book, May Not Be Reproduced begs the question of rights of reproduction. Can a blank book be copy protected? Features a text warning against unlawful copying without the permission of the publisher. 2008, paperback, spiral bound, 126 pages, 4 X 6 3/4", edition open, POD, Available at: Lulu.com and Printed Matter, Inc.

MAGIC SQUARES 1-9, consists of the numbers 1-9 set in the Magic Squares font. Each number is scaled by a factor equal to itself. Thus, one is scaled once and the sequence reversed, two is scaled twice, etc. A kind of flip book, the number of pages is determined by the procedural scaling method. 2007, paperback, perfect-bound, 113 pp.,4 X 6 3/4", edition open, POD. Available at: Lulu.com and Printed Matter, Inc.

AURORA A-Z, This alphabet book is set in Aurora, an original digital typeface. The number of pages is determined by the number of letters as they appear in alphabetical order. So there is one A, two B's, etc. But an added bonus is that flipping the pages makes for an interesting perceptual combination of reading and scanning, a kind of dance which is elicited by the graceful letters of this typeface. 2005, paperback, perfect-bound, 358 pp., 4 X 6 3/4", edition open, POD. Available at: Lulu.com and Printed Matter, Inc.



QUOTE CARDS, A set of business cards of various quotations by Thoreau, Huang Po, LeWitt, Duchamp, Broodthaers, Canetti and others. 2004, laserprints on cards, banded, 22 pp., 2 X 3 1/2", edition of 28, 2 A/P deluxe editions, each in either a leather or aluminum miniature brief case. Available at: Abecedarian Artists' Books.



BRUSH AND INK DRAWINGS, A sketchbook of brush and ink drawings ca. 1985. These drawings were originally published in a Hypercard stack. This is the first printing of a hard copy edition of drawings on various themes such as the Full Length Feature and Heartface series of drawings. Also included are sketches for several paintings completed around that time. 2004, paperback, wire-o binding, 198 pp., 7 1/2 X 9", OOP.

MAGIC SQUARES, A folio book of squares derived from the Chinese magic square of nine discovered in the Lo Shu river valley. As displayed in a grid at the end of the book, each row of square numbers adds up to fifteen. A unique feature of the design is that the odd numbered figures are the visual negative of the even numbers. In the Chinese cosmology this would represent a reconciliation of heaven and earth and male and female principles. 1999, laserprints, 24 pp., 3 X 3", edition of 10. Available at: Abecedarian Artists' Books.





VOLTAIRE: CANDIDE OR OPTOMETRY S+7 is a typographical transformation of the first chapter of the novel, Candide by Voltaire.

Sometimes referred to as S+N, S+7 is a literary constraint used by the Oulipo, a group of poets whose work is characterized by various formal procedures, applied to texts of their own or others. The procedure in this case is to replace each noun in the text with that of the seventh entry ahead in a dictionary. This version uses two typefaces, Bell MT and Anagram, an original digital font, 1998, 24 pp., 7 1/2 X 10", edition open, POD. 116 KB Download



LAS GLORIAS, Unbound folded pages can be read as pairs of images or as a linear progression which, in the case of Las Glorias, advances and then retires as the front and backs of the images are presented. Las Glorias consists of magazine fragments, a map and a bus transfer ticket left in the artist's car by a transient overnight visitor. They are both a gift and a record. 1998, dye sublimation prints on recycled card stock, 14 pp., 5 1/2 X 8 1/2", edition of 10.



TREASURE
A found record of a cache of items stored in the wall of an old house. The folio format is used in this book to pair formally similar personal objects. 1998, dye sublimation prints on Arches watercolor paper, 8 pp., 5 1/2 X 8 1/2", edition of 10. Available at: Abecedarian Artists' Books.



THIEF L
A set of eight cards comprised of the elements of a 1992 installation. The six letterform sculptures represent those letters that could be constructed with bricks in only horizontal and vertical forms. These wood and acrylic sculptures were installed with a six foot chair and a laserprint poster at galleries in Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Boulder from 1991-93, edition of 100, 1997, laserprints, 10 pp., 4 1/4 X 5 1/2". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc. and Abecedarian Artists' Books.



FOUR LETTER WORDS
A facsimile of an earlier (1978) hand-made book of "dirty" words in acrostic form on plain brown paper, laserprint, edition of 100, 1993, 11 pp., 5 X 5". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.



INDEX
A book of letters of the English alphabet, each paired with the image of an unusual object. Originally created as an index for use in the creation of pictures according to verbal structures, it is a complete work in itself, offset, edition of 500, 1992, 28 pp., 4 3/8 X 5 3/8". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.



SAY
An alphabet book spelled phonetically and composed in an original typeface, Aurora, offset, edition of 500, 1992, 30 pp., 4 3/8 X 5 3/8". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.



A THOUSAND WORDS
A boxed edition of unbound pages of single words composed in an original typeface of human skeletons. Each page consists of a word generally relating to human existence, qualified in part by the visual nature of the typeface, laserprints, edition of 25, 1991, 1000 pp., 4 1/2 X 8 X 6". In the digital version, clicking on a word will randomly change it to another. Available at: Abecedarian Artists' Books.



DEAD AIR
A book of words completing various phrases beginning with the word dead and composed in the Skeletons typeface, offset, edition of 500, 1991, 32 pp., 4 1/2 X 8". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.



ACROSTICS
A book of four letter word squares composed in the Eon typeface. A revised edition of an earlier book published in 1978, offset, edition of 500, 1990, 24pp, 4 X 4". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc. and Abecedarian Artists' Books



FACADES
A book of words and images creating tight visual and verbal relationships, offset, edition of 500, 1990, 22 pp., 5 1/2 X 8 1/2". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc. and Abecedarian Artists' Books.

AS PRETTY AS A PICTURE
A book of familiar figures of speech. This revised edition of an earlier book published in 1980 provides the bold face words required to complete the grayed out phrases originally left to the reader to fill-in, offset, edition of 500, 1990, 54 pp., 4 X 4". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.

HAND STAMP ONLY
Six rubber stamped images on tracing paper unbound in an envelope, edition of 9, ca. 1990, 6 pp., 3 1/2 X 6 1/2"

SECOND THOUGHTS
The artist's first electronic book. More one-liners, found phrases and assorted word forms in the spirit of Concrete Poetry, Hypercard stack, 68K, floppy disk, 1988



VAMPIRE CAMERA
A book of epigrammatic video reflections produced on the Honeywell video graphic recorder and xeroxed in an edition of 50, 1985, 19 pp., 8 1/2 X 11". OOP. 304 KB Download

LOOSE DIAMONDS
One-liners, found phrases and assorted word forms rubber stamped on newsprint in an edition of thirty, 1984, 12-25 pp variable, 8 1/2 X 11". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.

AS PRETTY AS A PICTURE
An expanded version of an earlier book of familiar figures of speech requiring reader fill-in, rubber stamp/hand stitched, edition of 30, 1980, 54 pp., 5 1/2 X 5 1/2". Available at: Abecedarian Artists' Books.



CART ARIA RIOT TATS
Evocative pencil renderings of four letter word squares, offset, edition of 1000, 1978, 56 pp., 8 X 8". Available at: Printed Matter, Inc.

POD: Print On Demand
OOP: Out Of Print