Northampton: Double Elephant Press, 2004. 18 x 14. 24 leaves. Ten plates (13 1/2 x 9 1/2) are etched with images of the beasts, their common names & binomial nomenclature. The etchings are hand colored by Kuch, in the tradition of natural history books. A description of each creature is printed in shaped typography on translucent paper through which the creature is glimpsed. Bound in blue boards with a red spine, the book is housed in a red cloth tray case which resembles a specimen box. Through its glass window one sees the specimen--a collage of the American Imperial Moth (pulp painted by Kuch)-- and its printed label pinned to the binding. Item #12910
A powerful artist's book, both bitter and beautiful, in the guise of a Natural History colorplate book. The Autocrassus Adnauseum (Goitalone), Addictus Oleum (Common Oilsucker), the Nexus Ignorantia (Giant Blind-Spotted Broadcast Spider), Embedding Soundbites, Bufo bombus (Popular Brown-Nose Toad)--shown in congress--are some of the creatures in this satire on the invasion of Iraq and the failure of the Press and of Congress to do due diligence. One of 25 bound copies and 15 unbound sets of sheets.
"Satire is the last refuge of a patriot."