DRAWN ON BOOKS

CHRISTOPHER WILDE, KURT ALLERSLEV
MARSHALL WEBER, STO LEN

 

About this book

Organik is honored to be have collaborated with “self-proclaimed, decolonial, hydro-feminist*” sTo Len on this lyric, lurid accounting of various confluences including psycho-marine-cartography, the age of Covid 19, and the collision of re-imagining/imaging of micro and macro-biology. Over 6 years in the making, the book’s travels through space and time parallel the superfluidity of its subject matter. Organik codexical maestro Christopher Wilde mashed-up various vintage nautical maps of the 1980s and ’90s and bound them in a hard-case. The Organik team then did a layer of rubbings** from various surfaces in Los Angeles’ Koreatown and the Angelus Rosendale cemetery (one of the oldest multi-denominational/multi-cultural cemeteries in California). The book was then delivered to Len who lovingly and generously applied his unique alchemical variety of Suminagashi marbling to each map creating a new universe of ocean-based geographies with a micro-biological overlay. The book was then finished by Allerslev and Weber with a literary collage of text wax-rubbed from the bronze plaques of Library Way on 41st Street in Manhattan, featuring writing by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Gu Cheng, Virginia Woolf, and a poignant and pertinent quote from Albert Camus’ “The Plague”.

* A hydro-feminism is a concept developed by theorist and educator Astrida Neimanis.

**Rubbing (AKA frottage), is a form of vigorous mono-printing that uses elements from the entire world as its matrices, it has origins in ancient China as one of the first printing practices.

The paper is non-alpha cotton offset-lithography printed nautical maps with a leather spine.