Shu-Ju Wang ~ Oregon

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Shu-Ju Wang: "I enjoy making small, intimate work that draws you in to read up close & personal. … I want my work to sing with lush imagery and jewel-like colors, and to speak about a world that is wonderful, unsettling, and ever-changing."
   
True as Earth, Strong as Water
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Relay Replay Press, 2011. Edition of 26.

8.125 x 4.75"; 26 pages. Accordion structure. Gocco printed on Nepal Heavyweight, a handmade paper from Nepal. Solarplate etchings printed on cotton paper handmade by Helen Hiebert. Boards covered in handmade mulberry paper from Taiwan. Cover images Gocco printed.

This is the story of Arnold E. Metz, who grew up on a farm in South Dakota and served during World War II on the USS President Hayes. He completed his education after the war, graduating from Northern State University (Aberdeen, South Dakota), and had a long educational career in Michigan and South Dakota. Shu-Ju Wang has captured this life through etchings, handmade paper, and a few words.

Shu-Ju Wang, blog entry September 2011: "This was the book I started with an elderly WWII vet back at the start of 2009. His wife heard about the project I did at Rose Schnitzer Manor and thought I might be interested in working with him. And now two years and nine months later, I have completed the project!

"Detail on the back of the accordion. It's the melody from San Antonio Rose. If you know the song, you can follow along. Otherwise, it might just look like a landscape or the water. There are 5 etchings all together (solarplate etchings) on each of the 5 sets of handmade paper made with soils and waters collected from various places.

"The first trifold: the brown paper with the etching is made by Helen [Hiebert] and contains soil from the South Dakota farm that he was born and raised in.
The second trifold: the blue paper with the etching contains water from the Pacific Ocean.
The third trifold: the green-blue paper with the etching contains water from the Columbia River.
The fourth trifold: the gray-blue paper with the etching contains water from the Willamette River.
The last trifold: the brown paper with the etching contains soil from his Oregon farm."

$700


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Betrayal! Humiliation! NPR!
By Laylah Reddick
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 200.

4.25 x 2.6"; 34 pages. Photocopy, print Gocco, hand-coloring.

Laylah Reddick*: "A 'flash' book about the big and not quite so big things in life. Conceived, drawn, printed, and bound in 2 days."

*This is a pseudonym of Shu-Ju Wang.
$15


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Marion: Family Picnic
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Relay Replay Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

7 x 7"; 6 pages. Double sided accordion structure. Text Gocco printed on Rives BFK and Nepal Heavyweight. Original text and book design by Shu-Ju Wang. Two pages of Marion watercolors reproduced with an Epson Stylus C88+ with DuraBrite Ultra ink.

Shu-Ju Wang: "It took me a long time to figure out that Marion wanted to paint watercolors. Once I figured that out, she and I spent many wonderful afternoons chatting and painting. She returned again and again to the image of the meadow with trees, hills, and sunset sky. I chose two to include in her book. As we painted, she would quite often talk about the family picnics that they had, with all the brothers and sisters there. I wondered if the images were about the family picnics? Thus the title."
$95 (Last two copies)


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S/N
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 31.

1.75 x 2.375" closed, 1.75 x 55.25" extended; 22 pages. Double-sided accordion structure miniature. Gocco printed on Strathmore Drawing paper. Cover boards bound in handmade paper from Taiwan. Arches Cover slipcase with ribbon book pull.

Shu-Ju Wang: "In a reference to ever miniaturized technologies that allow us to surround ourselves with ever more content, this book raises the question of the Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of such content. Using archival clear adhesive tape, 'noisy words' are transferred from black Arches Cover to Strathmore Drawing paper in an accordion book. Translations of the text, in both English and in audio waveforms, are Gocco printed on the back. A recording of (me) reading the text is the source for the waveforms."
$45

 


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Shelia
A Passionate Printmaker

By Shu-Ju Wang & Sheila Springer
Portland, Oregon: Relay Replay Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

5.75 x 9"; 30 pages. Gocco printed on Rives Lightweight, Nepal Light, and Nepal Heavyweight. Original alphabet and book design by Shu-Ju Wang. Individual prints by Sheila Springer. Stab binding.

Shu-Ju Wang: "In her professional life, Sheila was a printmaker. She owned and worked in her Imprimery Graphics Studio making intaglios and collographs. She continues to make her art, creating collages, and sculptures out of readily available materials. In many ways, Sheila was very far down the road of memory loss. Often, I could not understand what she was trying to tell me. However, when she can focus on color, composition, and value, she is still the consummate artist."
$200 (Last four copies)


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Alphabet for a Belly Dancer
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 48.

3.25 x 4.25" closed, extends to 27"; 10 pages. Silkscreen printed on a Gocco. Bound in a pull out accordion structure. Wraparound paper cover in Japanese Masa Unwaxed and French handmade paper Mouchette Almond (pale green). Closure of hand-dyed rayon ribbon, cois, and beads. Housed in a protective envelope made with a shimmering dark turquoise 89 lb cover stock.

Shu-Ju Wang: "A sentimental prayer poem for belly dancers, this book captures the essence of belly dance through word play and rhythmic patter that mimics the dance itself."

Text (E through H):

Enchant, with the intricate movements of your
Feet, gliding, stepping to the beat of the drum.
Grace, with sweeps of your arms, hems of your skirts, your
Hands, beckoning, drawing them to your kingdom.

(SOLD)


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Calypso
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 13.

5.5 x 5.5" closed, 99" extended; 14 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. Print Gocco, Graphite, Eyeshadows on Rives BFK and Plexi. Illustrations based on images found in magazines and More Joy of Sex. Bound with plexi covers. Printed title on front cover visible only through the shadow it casts. Wrapped in paper folder of Stonehenge Gray with gray organza ribbon tie.

Shu-Ju Wang: "The illusion of desire is powerful but transitory, and the arc it traverses unvarying – the strong pull of seduction and allure at the beginning is tarnished over time as desire turns to neglect and rejection. Calypso traces this trajectory through two parallel story lines, that of women's cosmetics and of a love affair.

"The book was inspired in part by an anonymous blog documenting an affair coming to an end, and also by friends and strangers who were more than happy to be rid of the eye shadows they no longer wanted."

Text introduction:

Ca • lyp • so

  1. Name of various shades of eye shadows manufactured by cosmetic companies to evoke an exotic locale or a glamorous image.
  2. A nymph and daughter of Atlas who falls in love with a married, shipwrecked of a man, Odysseus.

           [From Greek root Kalupso, to hide, to conceal. To make secret.]
(SOLD)






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Da(3) Pai(2)
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 40.

2 x 3"; 54 cards. Silkscreen printed with the Gocco. Card faces designed and silkscreened by Shu-Ju Wang. Laid in paper wraparound with red grosgrain ribbon tie closure.

Shu-Ju Wang: "A full deck of 54 cards that trace the evolution of 52 Chinese characters from their original pictographs to their contemporary forms. The heart and diamond suits illustrate the evolution of 26 radicals, and the spade and club suits show these radicals used in complex, combination characters. Based on the book Chinese Calligraphy by Edoardo Fassioli, and Guo Yu Ri Bao Zi Dian, a Chinese dictionary."
(SOLD)



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Esther
By Shu-Ju Wang and Esther Cohen
Portland, Oregon: Relay Replay Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

6 x 4"; 32 pages. Gocco printed on Rives lightweight, Rives BFK and Nepal Heavyweight. Original graphics and book design by Shu-Ju Wang. Photographs an documents by Esther Cohen. Palm leaf binding with ribbon. Laid in paper wrap with velcro closure. Printed title on front.

Shu-Ju Wang: "Esther's daughter dug up a treasure trove of family documents and photographs, and this was a walk down memory lane for mother and daughter, with me enjoying the stories. Esther is a lifelong dedicated mah jong player; come snow or blizzard, she met with her friends for a weekly game or two. The game was a constant through the many changes of her life, the kids, and grandkids. She continues to play.

"I chose a palm leaf binding because I wanted her book to resemble a pile of mah jongg tiles on the back, but still have the pages held together. Her prints and my prints are laminated together with Gudy O adhesive from Talas. I suppose they more resemble playing cards than mah jong tiles, but a similar idea anyhow. The pages are held together with two bone mah jong tile beads at the ends. And this is a 2008 winning hand in American mah jongg."
(SOLD)

 


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Martha
By Shu-Ju Wang and Martha Pomeranz
Portland, Oregon: Relay Replay Press, 2008. Edition of 20.

7.1 x 5.2"; 26 pages. 9 envelope pages to house two prints each. Gocco printed on Rives Lightweight; Nepal Light & Heavyweight. Original text and design by Shu-Ju Wang. Individual prints by Martha Pomeranz.Bound in wraparound envelope folder with ribbon and ribbon closure.

Shu-Ju Wang: "Martha designed and Gocco printed the individual prints; I designed and Gocco printed the envelopes and the cover. The cover was also dyed with a very diluted acrylic paint; on Rives Lightweight, Nepal Light, and Nepal Heavyweight. Martha took to the Print Gocco like fish to water. She created 18 prints, each full of wonderful little observations about her daily life and sage advice. I thought her prints were like letters to her friends and family, and therefore chose a page format that referenced an envelope form. The book has extra pockets for her to add photographs or keepsakes, and the wrap around cover keeps everything together."
(SOLD)


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Nigrum
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 40.

8.5 x 1.25 " closed, opens to 8.5 x 20"; 32 pages. Silkscreen printed with the Gocco on black French Speckletone Cover. Bound as a palm leaf book with cotton embroidery thread, black glass buttons, and black Japanese Unryu.

Shu-Ju Wang: "Three poems dedicated to the Piper Nigrum, the most humble of our spices, the black pepper. Initially inspired by a chili eating contest at a Thai restaurant, the book evolved to explore the history of the spice trade in SE Asia."

Keeping with the book's subject, it is constructed palm leaf style with a map of the Banda Islands (the Spice Islands) on the reverse side.
(SOLD)

 


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Project Sushi
By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2004. Edition of 25.

4.5 x 5.75" closed, 4.5 x 85" open; 18 pages. Accordion structure with blog entries tipped on. Some of the entries can be lifted to simulate links or hypertext. Back side of accordion stamped with images of Ratwoman. Laser printed and rubber stamped on Rives BFK and Confetti Text. Bound in textured brown paper over boards with title stamped on front board.

A cautionary tale presented as a blog.

Shu-Ju Wang: "Written as a blog, this is an account of the search for Ratwoman, superhero to some and villain to others. Like everything else you read on the web, it comes complete with hyperlinks, errors, dead ends, and the content should be taken with a grain of salt."
(SOLD)


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