The Art of the FAR OUT East

10.25" x 14"
The Art of

The Art of the Far East: 16 Plates from the Work of Old Chinese and Japanese Masters, introduction by Rene Grousset (Berne, Switzerland: Iris Verlag, 1947)

Ultraviolet: 69 Blacklight Posters, introduction by Dan Donahue, ed. David Cashlon (NY: Abrams, 2009)

The Theatrical Prints of the Torii Masters: A Selection of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Ukiyo-e by Howard A. Link (Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, Riccar Art Museum, 1977)

Discovery of Lost Worlds, ed. Joseph Thorndike, Jr. (NY: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1979)

A catalogue of traditional Japanese clothing



the FAR OUT East

"And wiser yet than our monkeys, who remain perhaps too human, here as a final example for our meditations are the plants sacred to Buddhism: above the troubled waters of the marshes, despite the winds of passion which ruffle the surface and vainly bend their stems, the great pink lotuses lift up their perfect chalices, which contain all the inspiration of the Blessed One." (10)

"Find man whose [blacklight posters] paint you a likeness, you have found a man worth something." (frontispiece)

The Art of the FAR OUT East—September 22, 2016--original blog post

The books I keep in store for this process of bibliolagic transformation are many, and I shelve them by size—saves space. Big books with big books. Little with little.

So books totally unlike each other might stand side by side for years, then go to their tasks when called.

The two that form the core of this creation coexisted in that proximity for years, similarly tall (ca. fourteen inches) and slim, like The New Yorker right after Christmas.

They both had numbers in the subtitle (...16 Plates in Color from the Work of Old Chinese and Japanese Masters AND 69 ...Blackout Posters), and they both had been around for years.

Time to serve. The result, though, is a bibliolage too big for my scanner to capture, so you'll have to trust me beyond the margins.

Far out!!

...16 Plates is one of those de luxe volumes (printed in Switzerland) that has a blank page on the verso. Thus, lotsa space, and I needed more Orientalia to balance my ample ultraviolet poster.

I also had the Torii masters for a theatrical touch.

The rest was music—and glue.