Theme and Permutation
By Marlene MacCallum Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada: Marlene MacCallum, 2012. Edition of 100.
9.25 x 8.5"; 28 pages. Hand sewn pamphlet. Images printed in offset lithography on Mohawk Superfine. Text printed in inkjet. Translucent covers with inkjet printed on Glama. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Marlene MacCallum: "Theme and Permutation is one of a series of artist’s books inspired by the experience of living in Corner Brook’s Townsite area on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland. It is s a response to the permutations and variations of the type-4 Townsite House. Digital tools were used to translate the original film source of eight different window images from five houses. The sixteen offset lithographic plates were custom printed in twenty-nine separate press runs. Each image is the result of a different combination of plates. The structure is a sewn pamphlet with translucent covers. The viewer enters the body of the book with a tritone image of a single Townsite window. As one moves into the piece, new window images appear and layer over each other. The images become darker and more heavily layered towards the mid-point. The center spread has an inkjet layer of two text blocks printed over the offset litho images. The text speaks of the history of the homes, the architectural permutations and economic shifts within the Townsite area. The ensuing pages continue to provide new combinations of window layers, gradually lightening in tonality and allowing the individual windows to become more distinct. A third text block provides a personal narrative. The piece concludes with a tritone image of one of the Townsite windows in original condition."