New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut. Accession Number 2013.54.6
| Image Notes
The book is not a note book but a published book, in this instance, Scott's Ivanhoe.
Signed, titled, and dated on the spine of the book.
What a brilliant idea, to turn the artist book into something between painting and sculpture, with its weight so literally its primary feature. (Mieke Bal, email to Ronald Vance, March 2, 2011)
"One of a Kind" (is) the final show at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Harvard Square. Owner and rare book dealer John Wronoski is closing the gallery, which has long showcased the connection between literature and art, as well as his Lame Duck Books in the same building. The economy has not been kind to either business. ...Painter George Deem has created a series of painter's daybooks by wiping oil paint off his brush and onto a volume from his library. The paint oozes out, creating a striated record of the colors he has used. Other one-of-a-kind books involve a munitions box, a saw, and hundreds of tiny pieces of paper, each printed with a single letter. (Jan Gardner, "Picture this," The Boston Globe, April 3, 2011).
Dear Larry: if you ever scout books again, George Deem...keeps a lovely ongoing book in which he wipes the paint from his brushes. His book is as Jean Cocteau thought the choreography of Parade should be: "Leur demarche doit etre comme un accident organise qui dure." (William S. Wilson, letter to Larry Shopmaker, re. exhibition A Private Reading: The Book as Image and Object,Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, September 13 - November 10, 2001.)
| Artist's Notes
Re. A Painter's Daybooks
At the end of the day I clean my palette with a palette knife, wiping the leftover oil paint across an open page of (a) book. I have done this with many books: Scott's Ivanhoe, Greek Drama, Immensee. I turn a new page each day; the paint oozes out from the pressed pages, when it dries it creates a striated record of the colors I am using in my paintings at the time. Within about a year the book is thick with paint, and weighs more than one would expect. I date these books and give each one the title A Painter's Daybook. (George Deem, "Self Covered Buttons, Preface," Let George Do It, The Post-Apollo Press, 2009, 15)
Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia