Philadelphia: Kyle Holland, 2015. Signed Limited Edition. Leather bound. Fine.
Copy 4 of 6 (out of a total edition of 8 including one AP and one handling copy). 50 pages handmade paper by the artist.Bereft is copy 2 of 5 AP prints. Handmade paper, printing, and binding all by the artist, Kyle Holland. Text excerpted from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.Artist's statement:Both the history of my relationship with my father and my experience growing up in the South have led me to believe that I must possess a certain set of qualities to be considered a man in the context of masculine subculture. It seems that a man should be risk-taking and effortlessly exhibit strength, pride, confidence, and superiority.I believe that embodying these characteristics is a requisite for living among other men without judgment. However, both my behavior and physical appearance prevent me from blending in among the conventional man. I feel that I am looked upon with disdain by other men who disallow my individuality while simultaneously rejecting my efforts to fit in, rendering my attempts at "manliness" as socially forbidden.Birds of Prey captures this feeling by depicting a journey through my psychological landscape. The feeling of being looked down on by other men is embodied by the vultures that loom and overshadow a deer which appears vulnerable and skinless. The imagery in the book is accompanied by text that was excerpted from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein due to the resemblance between Victor Frankenstein's relationship with his creation ad my relationship with my father. In Birds of Prey, Victor Frankenstein is the omniscient voice of the vultures and Frankenstein's monster gives voice to the deer.Drum leaf binding. Full Harmatan tan leather, suede spine, blind-tooled antler motif on upper board. Housed in a wood veneer slipcase laser-printed with images of vultures. Inkjet printing, screen-printing, and letterpress printing from photopolymer and pressure plates on paper handmade by the artist from cotton linters and camouflage fabric. The text was handset and printed from 14 pt. Fabritius lead type. Binding and slipcase both by the artist. Book: 18.5cm x 26.4cm.Print: Inkjet printed on handmade paper with pulp painting made by the artist. 20.3cm x 25.4cm.Kyle Holland was born and raised in Memphis, TN where he earned his BFA in printmaking from Memphis College of Art in 2012. His work has been exhibited internationally, including recent shows at the Morgan Conservatory; Minnesota Center for Book Arts; the Center for Book Arts; and the King St. Stephen Museum in Hungary. His work is in the collections of the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Yale University among others. Holland currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA where he continues his artistic practice and is an MFA candidate in Book Arts and Printmaking at The University of the Arts.