by T. Shaw
VSW Press Founder and the artist are obvious resources for an accurate production narrative of this title.
by T. Shaw
typographic: Straightforward typographical presentation tending towards mimicry or representation of Merriam-Webster's dictionary, if not copied directly through photographic means.
imagery: All imagery is of one figure printed on an elastic gelatin photoemulsion making it pliable. It is then stretched and manipulated. Aside from a few drawings and graphs, the flexible image forms are the only images throughout the book.
graphical: The design incorporates visual evidence interspersed within blocks of text as direct figure examples. Dynamic notational systems such as underlining, encircling and graphing are also used throughout.
openings: More or less consistent throughout, with the exception of an Introduction, Conclusion, and the beginnings of sections, with image-interspersed texts on the left and larger illustrative image examples on the right-hand side.
turnings: The turnings are consistent from spread to spread and the margin area around blocks of text interspersed with imagery and diagrams is more or less the same througout
development: This book's development is circular, moving from self-critical statement of purpose and metaphorical discourse, to evidence from experimentation, ending with a restatement of metaphoric intentions.
sequence: The approach is analytical and evidentiary, so the sequence follows that imagery directly show proofs of thought in the text.
As Gordon states in the book, Proteus was a mythological shape-shifter and a symbol of primal matter. She also comments that Proteus knew the future, as well as the past. The same could be argued for Gordon's topological studies which precursor 3-modelling and popular morphing software while simultaneously referencing older cross-fade techniques in animation. Gordon's use of the dictionary and links between language and the body strongly connect with 3-D wireframe modelling in which representational forms are made from written code.
Gordon's work with images is the definition of reification: to make something abstract a material thing. This particular book reifies Gordon's process.
The Anatomy of Proteus
active: United States
Visual Studies Workshop Press
New York Council on the Arts
Provided support through an individual projects grant
edition type: editioned
publisher: Visual Studies Workshop Press
place: Rochester, New York
vertical: 10 inches closed
horizontal: 8 inches closed
binding: saddle stitching (AAT)
format: codex (AAT)
pagination: paginated 15 pages