Digital print, Hand-painting, Inkjet, Wood block
9 × 12 in
Dana Dana Dana Limited Editions
Library of Congress (LoC)
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
Beautifully crafted, the pages of BLiNK span an enormous archival inkjet printed digital collage on coated 100% rag paper, then surprinted with woodcuts and accompanied by hand-painted text and page activation.
The book began with Zimmerman’s poetic response to a children’s book from the early ’70s. Using a call-and-response collaborative strategy, Smith and Zimmerman developed specific imagery around the structures of text and collage. Woodblock designs were then developed, printed, and complimented by hand-lettering in various styles.
These layers of printing techniques have resulted in a work where lush color, vibrant surface density, and complex narrative coalesce into a work of unusual depth. The book is constructed using the accordion format with a canvas cover on front and back. This format allows for the piece to be unfolded and viewed as one long, continuous work of art, as well as a book with pages.
Digital Collage, woodcut printing. Accordion-style binding with canvas cover. 12×9.” Edition of 20. San Francisco, CA, 2010.