Wallingford, PA: ELM Press, 1990. 18 x 12. Eight double leaves attached at fore edges open to 36 inches, revealing lithographs in blue/black or in gray/green showing Pollack's home, studio , and sweeping grounds. "Harmony," Energy," Rhythm" are printed in bursts of black or dark red Optima type. These single words are repeat in various sizes and others are added as the book progresses. "Risk," Anxiety," Violence," "Chaos" are added until the text explodes against a fractured scene. The book opens with the long country road approaching Pollack's home, site of his fatal car crash
and closes with a chine collé of Pollack's headstone in the nearby cemetery.
Bound by the Dutch designer binder Pierre Thielen in a stunning 3-dimensional chestnut calf in padded, fitted tray case. The structure was inspired by Pollock's "Blue Poles." Thielen's panels are formed over vertical ribs which are the same in number and in orientation as the artist's poles. Item #18767
Both the artist and the binder were inspired by Jackson Pollock's work. Enid Mark visited his home and studio in 1988. Thielen's binding on Springs was inspired by Pollock's "Blue Poles" in which 8 poles stand at various angles against a golden hued swirl onto which Pollock poured sand. "The main lines in the composition of Blue Poles became the starting point for my design. That is where the though of the shrine was born, and from the sand the use of color...between those main lines, as supporting ribs, I position the planes that cherish, protect and screen Springs." Theilen's original color drawings, studies, & bindings descriptions, all signed, are included here.
Two of Theilen's prize-winning bindings (both 3-dimensional such as this) are illustrated in The New Bookbinder Volume 7 1987, p. 35.