Neil Farber | Carol Es is a collection of art by two artists who have never met but whose work shares creative DNA. Given a fairly broad parameter (10" x 7" ink and watercolor drawings on a white background), the artists each produced a body of work that is presented here with no commentary. Take in each page on its own, or squint at the whole and try to find a plot as Farber's intricate annotated drawings grow progressively more saturated while Es's lush watercolor backgrounds recede into interacting lines and shapes.
Each copy includes an archival print of a collaborative drawing signed by both artists.
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The interior images are laser-printed on Hammermill 80-pound cover stock. One image from each set as well as the title page in each set is printed with Ultrachrome K3 inks on Canson Mi-Teintes digital art paper. The cover plates are Gocco-printed on Japanese Kozo paper. Finally, the collaborative drawing is printed with Ultrachrome K3 inks on mould-made Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Rag 350gsm paper.
Each book is bound in a single 33” long sheet of mould-made Fabriamo Murillo paper and sewn with waxed linen thread in a modified Japanese stab-binding. The spine is reinforced with Cialux bookcloth.
This book is limited to 32 copies, of which 20 are for sale. Copies are numbered on the title page and signed by the artist on the verso of the pigment ink print in each set.