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Cuts Make You.

Six Artist Books* with pamphlet covers in clamshell box: letterpress and die cut on tyvek and vellum papers with masking tape, inks, and photographs.  
Clamshell Box: 9 x 13 x 3.67 inches.  
Pamphlet Cover: 7 x 8 x .25 inches.  
Each book: 5.75 x 7.25 x .25 inches.

A response by Brooke Holve to Cuttings, her solo exhibition of mixed media constructions and artist books at the Risk Press Gallery in Sebastopol. The work explored ‘cutting’ as process and form and was informed by the changing role of the book as the world moves to primarily digital delivery systems.   

For the exhibition, Brooke installed an empty scroll book, inviting those who attended to mark it with blue masking tape and blue ink pens.  Upon closing, the unfurling revealed a motley but contained collection of writing, scribbles, lines, tape and words. These marks became the prima materia for Cuts Make You.

Upon the closing of the exhibit, Brooke cut up, printed upon and cut into the scroll, applying the similar methods that attendees used during the exhibit. Applying tape randomly to the surfaces, she printed over it with a die cut of the floor plan of the gallery to reference the place of the exhibit. Over and on the masked tyvek, she printed to cut out new spaces.  Cutting and printing generated pages and ideas. The result is a series of books that hold and reference the archival and ephemeral of the exhibit.

* Six Artist Books:
             Instructs a process, a way of thinking & working with materials & tools.
             When in doubt, cut.
             Materials & process are content.
             A place provides a context for search.
             The incidental is as important as the intentional.
             Constrain to define to flow.
             Mixed media constructions, installation & artist books at Risk Press Gallery,
             Sebastopol, CA 2013.
             Rectangular with a wall of windows, the gallery looks out to light lines of
             speeding cars; behind is the stump of an old oak tree, cut prior to the
Book 3: AT.TENDS (to a cut)
             Materials & Process: A die cut of the gallery schematic used to reference
             place, was printed on masked tyvek to cut out space.
             Tyvek: A 'barrier' material which covers, protects, resists & stands up to
             elements, penetrated only through cutting. A high density synthetic
             developed by DuPont in 1955.
             Masking Tape: A less aggressive adhesive invented by Richard Drew in
             1925 used to cut out sections of the schematic while printing.
Book 5: O.PENS_C.LOSES; marking time with prime cuts
             Represents the marking of time of the exhibit, Cuttings, from its opening to
             its closing using a progression of prime numbers from 2 - 61. Each number
             determined the amount of masking tape used to 'cut out' the schematic while
Book 7 & 11: POETRY
             T                                 HERE are things
                             that, we like that, we like cut
                           like the fact. that we like facts
                        cut cut facts cut that we like cut
                                that we don't like cut facts
                                             that we don't like
                                          cut that. we like cut
                      But there are things we don't like
                                        that we don't like cut
                                             poignant and felt
                               since we don't understand
                                                   don't cut. cut.
Book 13: ATH'WART;

                          a word voiced

                   a.thwart the

                                 winds of Eldd.