Artist book; risograph printing, enclosed in a custom case
17 x 12.5 inches (closed), 72 pages
Edition of 70
Starting bid $150
Bid increment $20
About this print:
Printed in collaboration with Jo Frenken at Charles Nypels Lab at Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, Netherlands). Enclosed in a custom case made by John DeMerritt Bookbinding.
Tricia Treacy, a Rome Prize Fellow in Design at the American Academy in Rome in 2018, proposes a printed matter setup investigating the relationship between art, design, and collaborative writing. Various voices contributed to a cross writing format, creating an interdisciplinary and international exchange. Their efforts produce in Treacy’s work a series of publications and artist prints animated by narration, superimposition, comparative research, and open dialogue. Slot is an artist’s book that blurs, conceals and reveals, an interactive reading experience that taps into the various perspectives of members of the creative community at the American Academy in Rome. There, Fellows, as well as Rome-based artists and writers, were asked to pause and reflect upon the themes of privacy and matters unspoken.
In developing a graphic language to convey these themes, and dwell upon the thresholds between public and private, Treacy drew inspiration from the Roman cityscape. Mail slots, which beckon passersby to imagine private realms hidden from prying eyes, shutters, and painted urban walls offered conceptual and format elements in visual collages and motifs that echo throughout the book. The title of the book, Slot, deliberately suggests, not only these physical thresholds, but also gaps in social intercourse that trigger conversations.
contributors: Chiara Barzini, Sanford Biggers, Alessandro Cicoria, Brandon Clifford, Elizabeth Cowan, Abigail DeVille, Alessandro Di Pietro, Allen Frame, Ashley Fure, Aroussiak Gabrielian, Valeria Giampietro, Sean Gullette, T. Geronimo Johnson, Joanna Klink, Antonella Lattanzi, Johanna Lobdell, Kevin Moch, Matteo Nucci, and Arnisa Zeqo.