A soft canvas cover book by Dana Smith that evolved from a working process of painting and writing, on digitally printed photocollages. A poem/book emerged from that process that reveals a story about looking for guidance and inspiration.
This collaboration between Dana Smith and Steve MacDonald combines digital printing on canvas and sewing to create a very tactile book.
The trajectory of digital technology takes us beyond the confines of literacy to a form of communication which is image based, immediate and highly detailed, specific and universal at once. Instead of speaking, writing, or even texting the narrative is told with a series of images. On one level, the story is a mundane tale of dreamy escape from the demands of the urban landscape. On another level, the story follows a magic penny that is dropped into a panhandler's cup, later reappears in dream space as a magical and fortunate force empowered with feathery wings, then finally rewards the spirit of generosity with a reappearance as a lucky penny found on the sidewalk.
Dana F. Smith & Christian Philip Zimmerman
2010, San Francisco, California
Beautifully hand crafted, the pages are digital collage which are inkjet printed with archival inks, on coated 100% rag paper, and then manually surprinted with exquisite woodcuts and hand-painted text.
The book began with Philip Z’s poetic response to a children’s book from the early 70's. The imagery was then developed using a call-and-response collaborative strategy; the text was used as a structure around which Dana's digital-collages were organized. The next step was to develop a series of woodcut block designs that would surprint the images. Then the text was re-edited and hand-painted onto the pages for the final result.
Edition of 20.
The Mission Miracle Mile Trilogy is a solo work in which Dana Smith’s digitally enhanced photography takes center stage. The large version of the trilogy features thirty-two-inch page spreads that are printed full-bleed with saturated images of sidewalks, bus transfers, crushed pills, street vendors, tattoos, transients, and schoolchildren. The effect is dramatic, each page turn evoking the atmosphere of San Franciso's Mission street.
Edition of 6 large format sets (one set remaining)
and 6 small sets (out of print).
Late Night Satellite, part 1
The Center of the Mile, part 2
The Outer Mission, part 3
Dana Smith has created a hand made book that combines digital photo-collage using original photographs, hand painting, and poetry.
Sanctuary In My Skin is the story of being human in an emotional landscape made of color and light. The book is hand-bound and painted in an edition of twelve. Each book is digitally printed with archival inks. They are hand painted with acrylic gouache paint.
A bound series of collages by Dana Smith that illustrate the theme of Barbie's mutability. The original "Barbie Book" made in 1993 with scissors and glue, is a unique book made of thousands of bits of magazines cut to fit like a mosaic into the spaces of a coloring book about the doll called Barbie. It was created as a painstaking labor of love and reveals untold ways that Barbie is interlaced with modern american culture.
32 BIG PICTURES (FACSIMILE) is published as a digitally printed facsimile that is designed to recreate the experience of viewing the original hand-made book as closely as possible. The book even uses a cover from the original vintage coloring book (featuring the Toys-R-Us pricetag) on the cover and back just like the original version. Edition of 6
Artists Fred Rinne, Dana Smith, and Scott Williams have created a hand-made book that combines digital photo-collage, stencil painting, and text. The book called, Watch Your Step, is digitally printed with archival paper and inks, hand-bound, and painted in an edition of ten. The hybrid technique layers metalic and interference inks, stenciled over hyper-sharp photo-collages, and an insider's voice as text. The final book is a multi-dimensional view of the artists' home in San Francisco, 2007.
Artists Dana Smith and Fred Rinne collaborated to make this artist's book. Dana created a series of photo collages based on Fred's concept and text about a paranoid trip to Stanford Univeristy campus and the Hoover Institute. Fred then hand painted and bound each book. Edition of 2 (out of print).
Stencil artist, Scott Williams
and digital artist/publisher Dana Smith have created a hand made book
that combines digital collage, stencil, and poetry. The book is hand-bound
and painted in an edition of ten. The online
version does not do it justice because of the extensive use of metallic paints.
Edition of 10.
Copies of this book reside in these collections:
- Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
- Chapman College, Orange, California
- Kunstbibliothek, Berlin State Museum, Germany
- Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
- Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
- University of California Berkeley, California
- University of Connecticut, Storrs
- University of Vermont, Burlington
|Here is Dana at the Codex Book Fair in Berkeley, 2011.|