Amelia Press ~ Indiana
(David Johnson)
   
David Johnson: "My work begins with drawings from life. Drawing to me is the study and appreciation of form and life. Printmaking (specifically Intaglio and Relief) is the way that I extend my drawings. As the print develops in the metal, wood or linoleum matrix unforeseen things happen. The materials themselves lend something to the image. The dimensional lines, the rich ink and endless tones and textures of the etchings and the blocky shapes and lines of the relief prints lend emphasis to the drawing. I greatly appreciate proofing the prints; tuning up the colors, adding elements and adjusting others by scraping them away or lightening them. Printmaking, for me, also makes drawing less precious and vulnerable."
   
Farm animals  
   
Florentine Horses
By David B. Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, 2012. Edition of 5.

9.5 x 6.5"; 8 pages. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Color etchings. Paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Signed and numbered by the artist.

David B. Johnson, Florentine Horses: "The first time I went to Italy with a group of students, the old woman in charge tried to make it into a sketching trip. ... Feeling that one's art should be about something one knows about, I drew cats, dogs, chickens, horses, and people standing in line on my first trip to Italy. Anything else sounded like a directive to make Tourist Art. ...

"This time when I went to Italy after an absence of seven years, I looked forward to drawing the churches again. ...

"I found myself drawing the horses again. Do they look Italian? We can find them in Rome, New York, and Chicago pulling tourists around in carriages. ... Depictions of horses surrounded me with paintings by Uccello and Castagno right there in the Duomo and sculptures in the Palazzo ... So maybe the spirit of the thing was appropriate."

$300

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errata addenda & notes
By David Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, n.d. Edition of 8.

4.75 x 6.5 x 1.375"; 30 pages. Accordion structure attached to front pastedown. Chine collé etchings and various letterpress flea market typefaces printed on Rives BFK and different Japanese and Thai papers. Paper covered boards with cloth spine. Paper title label on front board.

David B. Johnson: "As someone who attempts to be an artist I keep a small sketchbook in my pocket. As someone who tries to make a habit of reading, observations sometimes occur to me in words that I also put down in my pocket sketchbook. Many of my drawings and observations are not suitable for further development. But some seem to be.

"The book Errata, Addenda and Notes combines sketchbook entries and observations that I liked but had not included in other projects."

$300


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In Walked Bud
By Thelonious Monk and Jon Hendricks.
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, n.d. Edition of 10.

4.75 x 6.5 x 1"; 22 pages. Accordion structure attached to front pastedown. Etchings and letterpress printing. Paper covered boards with cloth spine.

David B. Johnson: "One of the benefits of living in this town [Muncie, Indiana] has been the opportunity to see good jazz bands playing in taverns and restaurants on weekends. As someone who is trying to be an artist I find the great saxophone player Charlie Parker to be a good role model. Like him I try to practice my instrument every day, in my case by drawing in a sketchbook. Etchings allow me to select my more successful sketchbook drawings and extend them into more developed images and sometimes artists' books.

"In Walked Bud incorporates some of my more successful jazz band drawings and the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. I love how an accordion book works like a Japanese screen painting and allows the contents to be seen all at once."

$200 (Last three copies)

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David Johnson's woodcuts often depict animals - cows, pigs, chickens - at county fairs.
   
Drawing Farm Animals with Matisse and Kirchner at Indiana County Fairs
By David Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, 2012. Edition of 10.

5.5 x 4.5"; 15 pages. Accordion structure extending from the front pastedown. Drawn, etched, printed, and bound by the artist. Printed with Goudy type on Rives paper. Bound in paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Signed and numbered by the artist.

David Johnson, text excerpt: "The pigs are like Matisse odalisques. They lie there languorous. You have to draw them fast with a fairly continuous contour because they could move at any second. The other animals move constantly so it is like drawing the movement on the streets of Berlin with Kirchner."
$200

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Annual County Fair
By David B. Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, 2011. Edition of 7.

8.25 x 6.5"; 11 pages. Accordion structure extending from the front pastedown. Color etchings. Drawn and etched on zinc. Printed on Rives BFK. Bound in paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Signed and numbered by the artist on the title page.

Colophon: "These color etchings originated as sketchbook drawings. They were accumulated at the Delaware County Fair in Muncie, Indiana, and the Dickenson County Fair in Spirit Lake, Iowa."
$300

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Lost Language
By David Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, 2010. Edition of 10.

5.5 x 4"; 15 panels. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Color etchings printed on Rives BFK paper with handset Goudy and Stymie type. Bound in paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Signed by the artist on the last panel.

David Johnson, Lost Language: "I feel like the language I grew up hearing has nearly become defunct. How often do you hear someone say, 'She was running around like a chicken with its head chopped off'?"

Colophon: "The farm animals were drawn at the Delaware County Fair where such language may still persist."
$250

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Old MacDonald's Farm of Lost Allusions
By David Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, 2010. Edition of 10.

6.5 x 5"; 13 pages. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Color etchings printed on Rives BFK paper. Handset metal type. Bound in paper over boards with quarter cloth. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colophon: "The farm animals were drawn at the Delaware County Fair in Muncie, Indiana. The county fair is one of the greatest of drawing opportunities. For a handful of days pigs, cows, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, and sheep fill six to eight barns and the people politely allow you to indulge yourself with your pencil coasting over your sketchbook pages."
$250

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Piggishness
By David Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

4.5 x 5.25"; 12 panels. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Intaglio. Letterpress. Bound in paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Signed and numbered by the artist.

David Johnson, Piggishness: "In London I was walking down Portobello Road when I saw an attractive little yellow brick house with a big round plaque on it that read, 'George Orwell Lived Here'. I was moved. I felt it was my duty when I got home to spend the week at the county fair drawing pigs. I felt I should present the world with pictures of pigs."

Piggishness, equality, and more equality are central to Orwell's 1984.
$150

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animal farm
By David Johnson
Muncie, Indiana: Amelia Press, n.d.. Edition of 7.

8.5 x 6.5"; 12 pages. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Drawn, etched, printed, and bound by the artist. Bound in paper-covered boards with quarter cloth. Numbered and signed by the artist on the title page.

Colophon: "This book began with drawings from county fairs in Winchester, Portland, and Connersville, Indiana. ... Do we assign the traits of animals to humans or have we perhaps given the characteristics of humans to animals?"
$300

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