NY, 2016. 10 x 14. 28 leaves printed in black, red, orange, brown, blue, and green. Some of the colors are subtle. Some are florescent. Orange morocco spine & boards printed with pinwheel ornaments. Fine in blue cloth slipcase with orange morocco label. Item #17882
"...the function of ornament is to make you happy."
Ornamental Digressions "begins with four black and gray designs that display the basic functions of the ornaments. This is followed by fifteen ornamental digressions, each of which is paired with a text and printed in a wide array of colors." Russell provides notes on the sources of the quotations and patterns. Russell designed the ornaments, which were cast by Ed Rayher. One of 80 regular signed copies.
"I began envisioning elaborate arrangements that were not inspired by what the ornaments could do but by what they were not supposed to do. While reading or walking around the city, texts and images would spark ideas for designs that made no practical sense at all, and my thoughts would digress into designs of eight, or nine, or more colors."