A fine example of artist Ken Campbell’s virtuosic printing skill, Tilt: the black flagged streets poetically explores a wide range of subjects including the black flag of anarchy, the flagstone steps of the old cathedral at Whitby in England, an earlier poem called ‘Storm Song’ written by the artist in 1981, and a statue of the deity Shiva in the Museum Rietberg in Zürich. Campbell seamlessly and visually blends these disparate textual elements into a complex, cohesive book.

To achieve the heavily layered imagery in the book, Campbell used multiple printing techniques including a process he calls ‘offset letterpress’. This process allowed previously printed colors to show through darker colors printed on top. He also created a ‘puppet’ Shiva from pieces of zinc that could be manipulated and disassembled for printing. Thus Shiva appears in various configurations as the text of the poem – set in Albertus type – accumulates line by line throughout the pages of the book.

This volume is bound in black cloth and paper-covered boards. The trapezoidal covers of the book give it a skewed appearance with the spine tilting forward. Referencing the title of the poem, the covers are decorated with a printed pattern of black squares. A slipcase covered in similar printed paper protects the book.

From an edition of 80, this copy is number 12. It is signed and dated by artist on the last page.


Click here to receive by email, fax, or post a detailed condition report and pricing information for this book.

© 2018 Boreas Fine Art