Projectile is an artist’s book based on a three-way collaboration between artist John Sparagana, designer Reto Geiser, and writer David Grubbs. The book spirals outward from a single source image: a news photograph of chair-throwing at the conclusion of a cancelled rock concert in the early 1980s. Visual artist John Sparagana has long produced sliced and mixed collage works in which a source image is enlarged, copies of the image sliced vertically into 1/8” strips and then sequenced horizontally, followed by a second stage in which the stretched image is sliced horizontally and sequenced vertically. The resulting works stutter, shimmer, extrapolate, and radiate with all manner of dazzling visual effects. Projectile deepens this engagement, with Geiser drawing from multiple works by Sparagana and a work of short fiction by Grubbs—a single 2,100-word sentence—that wends its way through the entirety of the book.
Paperback, 6.875 × 4.25 inches, 228 pages, two-color, ISBN 978-1-937112-39-4
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