Artist book – Can’t Not Look: Democracy in America

The first of a variable edition of 3 manuscript books is complete and available for sale. Can’t Not Look: Democracy in America is a collection of quotations from our presidents in three sections: “Civility & Comity”, “Ethics & Equality”, and “Dangers to Democracy”. Each section contains at its center a fold-out quadruple truck of our present leader’s tweets on the same subject.

I have nearly completed the second and third books, and am still working on the camera-ready images for a short-run print version.

This book is difficult to photograph, I’m afraid. The paper is vintage handmade John Green: “Dover Castle”. Here are a few images.

Gouache and steel nib on John Green “Dover Castle” vintage handmade paper. From my artist book, Can’t Not Look: Democracy in America. Text from George Washington’s farewell speech. Single page size is 4.75 in x 7.5 in.
Gouache and steel nib on John Green “Dover Castle” vintage handmade paper. From my artist book, Can’t Not Look: Democracy in America. Text from Jimmy Carter’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, 1976. Single page size is 4.75 in x 7.5 in.
Brush pen on John Green “Dover Castle” vintage handmade paper. From my artist book, Can’t Not Look: Democracy in America. Detail of first four-page foldout. Single page size is 4.75 in x 7.5 in.