Gary Richman

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  • Pierced Hearts and True North        Gary Richman        Books / Artists’ Books        $19.00
  • Coyote and Quails        Gary Richman        Books / Artists’ Books        $19.00
  • The Ruined Choir of Saint Augustine and the Isomorphs        Gary Richman                $19.00
  • The Confession in the Garden of Licked Wounds        Gary Richman        Books        $19.00
  • Some Families of Beau-Marais        Gary Richman                $19.00
  • Helianthus Besieged         Gary Richman        Books / Signed        $19.00
  • Outbound Gowanus         Gary Richman                $19.00
  • The Shop Notes        Gary Richman                $19.00
  • Transitive Aspects        Gary Richman        Books / Signed        $19.00
  • Mascot of the Innocents        Gary Richman        Books / Signed        $19.00
  • Offset : A Survey of Artists’ Books        Gary Richman        Books / Monographs        $19.00
  • Dr. Dogwit’s Last Lecture at Etemenanki        Gary Richman        Books / Artists’ Books        $19.00
  • The Confirmation in the Canyon of the Incomprehensible Flash Flood        Gary Richman        Books / Artists’ Books        $19.00
  • Saranac Memorandum        Gary Richman        Books / Artists’ Books        $19.00

“THIS IS THE TWENTY-SECOND PUBLICATION PRODUCED UNDER THE IMPRIMATUR OF BLUE BOOK ISSUES. THE ARTIST GUARANTEES THE PERIODIC RELEASE OF AN ORIGINAL BLUE BOOK. A SECOND PRINTING WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED DURING THE ARTIST’S LIFETIME.” So reads the colophon found on the last page of Dr. Dogwit’s Last Lecture At Etemenanki, the most recent work in artist Gary Richman’s Blue Book Issues series. True to his word, Richman has indeed been reliably sharing new Blue Books since the early 90’s, and Printed Matter has been distributing them for nearly that long. Richman’s work is characterized by surreal combination: black and white collages of 50’s-style diagrammatic images, original line drawings, and found photographs interact with text that is direct and bold not only in voice but also in visual presentation, often printed in serif type, all capitals, or both. Images and text drawn from or referencing an authoritative context have their power undermined by Richman’s unique collaging sensibility; individually, images and phrases remain striking, but when presented in combination, viewers are compelled to draw connections and extract their own meanings. The assemblages may seem at once stream-of-consciousness and carefully constructed, random yet woven intricately by the artist with a specific but inaccessible meaning in mind. Ultimately, how we choose to read Richman’s work says as much about our own individual consciousnesses as it does about the work itself. In the artist’s own words, “Content is always construed, translated and often condemned to misapprehension. Like Santayana’s beauty in the eye of the beholder, it is sometimes coincidental but not entirely unintended.” Above all, Gary Richman’s Blue Book Issues promise to be entertaining, their mysteries begging to be decoded and their imagery humorous and disturbing. In his most recent volume, Dr. Dogwit’s Last Lecture At Etemenanki, a trademark authoritative voice addresses, in all-caps, an attentive audience pictured at the bottom of every page. Imagery of copulation, babies and genitalia, among other things, create physical distance between the fictional lecture and its recipients. Richman, on his work: bq.. Making art is an ongoing and sustained sequence of provisional conjectures. My image making exploits the collage process because it is the most efficient, unconstrained and unbiased means of aesthetic evaluation. Visual presentiments build on each other and extenuate. The result is more than the sum of its component intuitions. In my paintings, form, color, pattern and autonomous markings create a surface of geometric harmonies and painterly dissonances. They have the requisite power of language. In my books, the power of images is subjected to the elusive validity of words. I seek a personal vernacular that avoids insular self-indulgence yet permits me to engage in the general discourse of contemporary art, a voice that is subtle yet insistent enough to maintain a tangential connection to the “real world”. I want to bring a global range of visual elements from disparate cultures and diverse times together – without addressing hermeneutical peculiarities, without implying doctrinal associations and without evaluating traditional exegeses. Content is always construed, translated and often condemned to misapprehension. Like Santayana’s beauty in the eye of the beholder, it is sometimes coincidental but not entirely unintended. p. Read a great article on Richaman’s Doctor Dogwit’s Inventory of Provisional Alignments here, put together by the Center for Book Arts.

Checklist
  1. Gary Richman
    The Shop Notes

    $19.95
  2. Gary Richman
    Mascot of the Innocents
    Wakefield, RI: Blue Book Issues, 1988
    100
    $19.95
  3. Gary Richman
    The Ruined Choir of Saint Augustine and the Isomorphs
    Kingston, RI: Blue Book Issues, 1991
    $19.95
  4. Gary Richman
    Some Families of Beau-Marais
    Wakefield, RI: Blue Book Issues, 1994
    $19.95
  5. Gary Richman
    Outbound Gowanus
    Exeter , RI: Blue Book Issues, 1995
    $19.95
  6. Gary Richman
    The Confession in the Garden of Licked Wounds
    Exeter, RI: G. Richman, 1996
    size unknown
    $19.95
  7. Gary Richman
    Helianthus Besieged
    Exeter , USA: Blue Book Issues, 1997
    $19.95
  8. Gary Richman
    Transitive Aspects
    Exeter, RI: Blue Book Issues, 2006
    100
    $19.95
  9. Gary Richman
    Coyote and Quails
    Exeter, RI: Blue Book Issues, 2010
    $19.95
  10. Gary Richman
    Pierced Hearts and True North
    Kingston, RI: Blue Book Issues, 1990
    100
    $19.95
  11. Gary Richman
    Saranac Memorandum
    Exeter, RI: Blue Book Issues, 2003
    $19.95
  12. Gary Richman
    Dr. Dogwit’s Last Lecture at Etemenanki
    Providence, RI: Gary Richman, 2014
    100
    $19.95
  13. Gary Richman
    Offset : A Survey of Artists’ Books
    Cambridge, MA: New England Foundation for the Arts, 1984
    $19.95
  14. Gary Richman
    The Confirmation in the Canyon of the Incomprehensible Flash Flood
    Exeter, RI: Blue Book Issues, 2000
    $19.95
Last updated 1/28/2018
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