Subject / Verb / Object
By Ellen Knudson
Gainesville, Florida: Crooked Letter Press, 2012. Edition of 85.
Volvelle (12" in diameter) enclosed in a sleeve 13 x 13 x 0.25" closed, 26 x 13" open. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook Universal I from handset metal types and photopolymer plates. Body text is 12 point Stymie Medium and Bold. Larger type is combination of various display metal types. Volvelle, interior sleeve, and belly band printed on Murillo paper. Exterior sleeve covered in Iris Book cloth in Coffee.
Ellen Knudson: "The concept behind the book stems from the frustration and anger I feel towards art criticism and other academic writing. Academic language seems intended to control its audience, exclude 'outsiders,' and is not meant to clarify the subject for a reader. It takes the beauty and passion out of language and, in turn, out of people. Subject/Verb/Object pokes at this idea by doing something similar: it uses simplistic language and structure to force the reader to attempt a visual organization of the things we cannot put in order: our desires."