The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection (JFABC) digital library is an online guide and finding aid for the rich collection of artists’ publications available in Flaxman Library Special Collections. The JFABC brings together close to ten thousand artists’ publications in all formats and media including: books, zines, multiples, video and audio recordings, digital works, periodicals, and other intimate works of art created by artists of local, national, and international significance. Focusing on materials published from the 1960s to the present, it is complemented by collections of reference works and exhibition catalogues to support in-depth research on artists’ publishing.
7 glass vials filled with lead, gold, pollen, chalk, matches, iron and poetry printed on a roll of paper. Housed in a plastic container and wrapped with a corrugated piece of paper. Library has no. 10... Read more
A scroll, 600 feet in length and 3 feet wide, containing over 14,000 images, applied mainly by solvent transfer. The artist worked in 20 foot sections, to achieve what he calls an "automatic imag... Read more
Surreal comic narrative about grief, longing for love, and losing touch with reality. The protagonist, unable to deal with the loss of a loved one, creates a natural world to escape to.; Bound in lase... Read more
'The Unclosable Closure' is a mail art project developed over the course of four months. This work is a collaboration between Kris Allen and her ex-boyfriend Jon Brown. Letters and objects w... Read more
In response to a series of water leaks and repairs in her Chicago apartment, the artist took up the domestic water system and repairman's tools as materials for her work. Seeing them as extension... Read more
Twenty-four prints of discarded Christmas trees. The images are symbolic of the inherent dichotomy between holiday traditions and the wasteful consumerism embedded in the season. It is meant to docume... Read more
This issue consists of 42 black-and-white nude portraits, many of them fashion models. Tied with foil-embossed satin ribbon and housed in wooden box with foil-embossed cover. Library has no. 2461 in a... Read more