Silverberg, Robbin Ami: Reading Hot Spots in New York City
A map from the National Book Foundation called Reading Hot Spots in New York City evolved into this box set with two books and a packet of cards.
The thematic focus is on book collections, starting with my own. I appropriated a sentence from a random group of 340 books in my library, each sentence selected from another numbered page. I “assembled” a text, which was then color-coded and printed in one half of the dos-á-dos book, 340B: Sentences. In 340A, the titles & authors of these books are listed, after the page number where I found the sentences. I printed onto cards the texts that pertain to reading, interspersed with photographs of favorite NYC bookshelves (from the NYPL Spencer Collection to a Time Square magazine rack).
The second book was constructed from the actual map itself; I filigree-cut, refolded, and sewed it into a double pamphlet book structure. A selection of sentences was embedded into the map to form a playful short story. And thirdly, I printed onto cards the texts that pertain to reading, interspersed with photographs of favorite NYC bookshelves (from the NYPL Spencer Collection to a Time Square magazine rack).
Together, these three components are my homage to the world of books in my beloved New York City.
English, 3 compartments: Book 1: Wild horses thunder in the libraries. Book 2: 340A: Titles and authors/ 340B: Sentences. Card set: Bookshelves of NYC.340. archival inkjet printing on Dobbin Mill and Ingres papers. 2011 map by the National Book Foundation, box, 13.2 x 9.3 x 1.4 inch, Ed. of 10, num., sign., New York, 2016/ 2017, Dobbin Books
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