Digital print, Hand-painting, Inkjet, Wood block
9 × 12 in
Out of Print
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.