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ORGANIK with sTo Len : Plague Chronicle, 2020




ORGANIK: Kurt Allerslev, Marshall Weber and CK Wilde with guest sTo Len Plague Chronicle 23 pages, edition of 2 collage, marbling, offset-lithography rubbing, Suminagashi 16 x 9 x 1 inches 2017 - 2020 Exhibited : Drawn in Books January 31 - March 6, 2021 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”.

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mixed media | book art | marbling


16.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in | 40.64 x 22.86 x 2.54 cm

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