Chuck Close. Scribble Book. Self Portrait

When confronted with the opportunity to make a children’s book, the internationally renowned painter, photographer and printmaker Chuck Close quickly took to the idea of a publication without words. “Scribble Book,” presented in two accordion-folded volumes, is a self-portrait that emerges incrementally from the printing process–one plate and one color at a time. In the first volume, the viewer follows a series of nine individual plate proofs; in the second, we follow along with a corresponding series of nine progressive proofs, culminating in a nine-color self-portrait. By comparing the plate proofs against the progressive proofs, the viewer can ascertain not only the cumulative effect as each color is added to create the final nine-color etching, but also the compositional decisions and modulations made by Close at each stage of the project. The two accordion-folded volumes are accompanied by a separate text in which the artist gives a personal account of the drawing process.

Text: Close Chuck, Holland Nina. cm 28×34; pp. 10; COL; hardcover. Publisher: Steidl, New York , 2007.

ISBN: 9783865214928 | 3865214924

ID: AM-11064

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When confronted with the opportunity to make a children’s book, the internationally renowned painter, photographer and printmaker Chuck Close quickly took to the idea of a publication without words. “Scribble Book,” presented in two accordion-folded volumes, is a self-portrait that emerges incrementally from the printing process–one plate and one color at a time. In the first volume, the viewer follows a series of nine individual plate proofs; in the second, we follow along with a corresponding series of nine progressive proofs, culminating in a nine-color self-portrait. By comparing the plate proofs against the progressive proofs, the viewer can ascertain not only the cumulative effect as each color is added to create the final nine-color etching, but also the compositional decisions and modulations made by Close at each stage of the project. The two accordion-folded volumes are accompanied by a separate text in which the artist gives a personal account of the drawing process.

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