Bound by: Mark Cockram

Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay Eterniday

London: Thames & Hudson, 2012. Later printing. Hardcover. Fine.


Shadowplay, Eterniday is an artistic breakthrough for Cockram. In his deeply visceral response to the work of Joseph Cornell, Mark has created a sculptural and kinetic binding that is fully functional as a book in codex form. Until now, there has been a divide between Cockram’s book art, which is sculptural and sometimes kinetic, and his fine art bindings. This work is a delightful collision of his two principal modes of artistic expression. The result is staggering. It is as if a dam has burst. Shadowplay, Eterniday bubbles with joy. Cockram’s blog entries about Shadowplay, Eterniday are a fascinating insight into his process of creating this major work. Secondary sewn with full linen board attachment, rounded and backed to a 3/4 hollow, leather to spine and tail of boards, leather joints, hand-printed and dyed endpapers, English silk hand-sewn endbands with skirting. Full edge decoration. Materials include: hand-dyed and colored goatskin, mixed-media collage, acrylic paint, sand, glass, wood, and metal. Housed in a two-tray drop back box. Bound by Mark Cockram in 2014. 24.2 x 28.5 x 6 cm. Exhibited at the Center for Book Arts (NY): "Mark Cockram: Beyond the Rules," October 6-December 16, 2017.

Price: $15,000

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