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Raymond Meeks
Art Library Rare Books Collection: TR 655 .M4339 2009 oversize

Book is handmade, featuring several different paper materials and laid-in plates. It includes a large broadside featuring nine silver gelatin prints tipped in on three panels. The broadside is bound with a simple stitching technique, allowing the broadside to be removed for display. Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the photographer.

Raymond Meeks
Art Library Rare Books Collection: TR 655 .M434226 2009 box 21.1

"'Middle Air' is a sixteen page artist book that traces the routine cutting of a sparse section of lawn in the backyard of our home in rural Montana. Our son, Adam, was fifteen and not keen to yard work or gas-powered mowers. How is it that these pictures trigger such great feelings of loss for me now, one year later? Memory is an undeniable force behind making art, the drive not to forget, documenting the events of our lives over and over again, longing to fill the void of what's missing. The eleven pictures were printed in the order they were exposed (from one roll of 120 mm film) and are a witness to the everyday, prosaic and all that passes as unremarkable. The hard, mid-day light on the back of my son recalls, for me, an assurance I’d had when he was still a boy- how wonderful he is in this world. Each book will contain 'elements' (drawings, marking, etc.) unique to the moments prior to their preparation for shipping.” —