Blake Rayne Almanac
Edition of 10 copies
All copies are signed and numbered by the artist
Format: 51 x 33.5 x 7.5 cm - 20.1 x 13.2 x 3 in.
Eight felt double page spreads with 'a' line cut
White felt end pages
Hard cover, hand-bound
What the generation of Robert Morris and Joseph Beuys did with felt takes on a whole new twist in the work of Blake Rayne. His first publication for Three Star Books and Westreich/Wagner publications is a book is a sculpture is a program. Its title, Almanac comes from what the artist calls his 'a' line, a spoof on the idea that there are any hierarchies (or "a," "b," and "c," lines) in an artist's work. And just as a mega sculpture can be a minor work, so this mini sculpture is a major piece in the artist's arsenal. As with Rayne's other 'a' works, this project is a distillation of ideas, processes and techniques inherent within different formats of cultural production. The artist says that his 'a' line project originates from a file generated in screen space, which is then output into different display formats (i.e. painting, book, stool…). A book that was conceived in the virtual world, and then physically cut, arranged, and draped with a tailor's precision, this work completes a circuit of translation, that is emblematic of communication in our modern world. This one 'a' file, the artist writes, is now complete.