(Lancaster, California): 2012-2013. Small 4to, hand-drawn in a leather-bound, lined diary. Fine. Item #204256
Painter, poet, broadcaster, and human rights activist Austin Straus has been producing unique handmade artist's books for several years. His book artwotrk is represented in numerous libraries and museums. This example, executed entirely in pen and ink, using various colors, displays his remarkable focus and consistency. On each leaf, he has filled all the lines with imaginary writing, inventing language-like forms, gestures, symbols, and pictographs. Each invented "text" has its own distinctive character and style. A hypnotic, almost obsessive work of admirable rigor and elegance.