Reminders Within is a hybrid publication collaboration between artist Skye Tafoya, writer Kaitlin Rees, and Black Rock Press. With Tafoya’s digital weavings and Rees’ precise, insistent voice, Reminders Within creates a protected space within which we can explore, in minute detail, the crumbs stuck to a child’s finger, our own desire to separate ourselves from them, however slowly, carefully. This book reminds us, we are no less artists or writers or makers because we are mothers. In fact, this duality of existence offers us a grand opportunity to hold a microscope up to humanity, to witness the continuously extending links between self and other. Reminders Within protects this space for multi taskers, for all of us.
Black Rock Press Publications
Black Rock Press is a publishing entity focused on the book as art, craft and concept. We aim to publish a range of literary, visual and experimental materials, addressing the evolving nature of the book in diverse environments. Our mission to publish experimental poetry and writing while investigating the book form manifests as artist’s books, unique trade publications, broadsides and ephemera. We practice the traditions of fine printing, typography, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, papermaking and bookbinding, among others, while considering the abilities of new media to express content and meaning.
SHALL is an accordion bound artist book and poem made from rubbings of the Newlands Monument in Newlands Circle in Reno, Nevada. The book’s author, Jared Stanley, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Collaboratively designed by Jared Stanley and AB Gorham, in consultation with Inge Bruggeman, SHALL was letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on Zerkell book vellum paper, bound and published by Black Rock Press, 2019.
Selected Durations by David Abel is simultaneously a poem and a score for performance that captures, analyzes, quantifies and archives time. The kinesthetic and material qualities of this artist’s book embed Abel’s text in multiple layers of meaning, requiring the reader to perform the experience of the passage of time, which ticks away with each turn of the page.
The publication of Selected Durations was prompted by the author’s performance of the piece in a BFA seminar in the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, taught by Inge Bruggeman. Experiencing the pace and the compression of time in the reading led Bruggeman to propose that the text be editioned. Beginning with a prototype originally created by artist Katherine Kuehn, the Black Rock Press reimagined the work, bringing it to life in the hands of readers. Designed, printed and bound at the Black Rock Press, the book was published in the fall of 2017. Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on Yupo Synthetic Paper and Neenah Touché.