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The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works

Caren Heft



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Caren Heft is a letterpress printer, book artist and sole proprieter of the Arcadian Press. She is the Director of the Edna Carlsten Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Prior to that, she was the Associate Curator of the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wisconsin. Heft makes letterpress books and has work in the following collections: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York Public Library; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, California; The Boston Museum of Fine Art, Massachusetts; Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; La Bibliotecca Nazionale Centrale, Florence, Italy; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Good Street Baptist Church, Dallas, among others.

Caren Heft, For Boys Who Dream of War, The Art of the Book at Donna Seager Gallery

For Boys Who Dream of War.

[Text] by Alan Govenar. With quotes by Wilfred Owen and W.H. Auden. Artist's book in box by Caren Heft. Stevens Point, Wisconsin. 2005. 16 pages. Triangular book - 17" spine x 12" x 12": 8.5" at its widest point: triangular box - 25" x 17.75" x 17.75": 12.5" at it's widest point. Each page on Root River Mill Paper made by Jeff Morin, Brain Borchardt and Caren Heft, or Hahnemuhle paper sized and tinted. Type is Gill Sans. Each different colored page opens up as a square. Open sewn spine with silver colored endboards which are lightly marked to form a pattern with a cutout of an airplane in black with gray on the front board. Pages are edged with stars, the USA flag, or statistics relating to the Vietnam war.

The book is laid in a scorched and black paint splattered triangular wooden box which is padded on the inside with a soft reddish cloth. The box has a magnet closure. On the top of the box is a silver metal star, while on the inside of the top is a white plastic airplane. Set in the padded base of the box are two items; a 2.75" glass polished cast of a wounded soldier inscribed either with the number of American military dead in Vietnam or the number of Vietnamese civilians killed or wounded during that war, and a small metal WWII first aid kit containing only a wound dressing, sulfa powder and instructions. These two items are covered with a triangular folded American flag, and the book laid on top of that. One in an edition of 49 copies.



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