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The Black Hole

  • 2003
  • Consists of one sheet with progressively larger hole in centre, folded accordion style, attached at each end to wooden cover, parchment band with title on it & metal tab which attaches to metal screw in lower cover for closure printed on opposite side of sheet, hair ball mounted on lower cover. Text loops around holes on reverse side of pages and changes from red to yellow to brown.
  • Signed by artist
Description of Item
  • The black hole's conception followed many years of daily hairball collecting. This book was letterpress printed in 8 pt Weiss Roman and Italic on hand-made paper. The wood covers were graciously cut and donated by Jim Kusz. Real parchment was used for the book's band and the hairball drawing was burned into the cover. Without the help of Edi Berton the text would not have looped around the holes. The Black Hole was finished in early 2003, just before the arrival of my second son, Zusse.
Mode of Issuance
  • monographs
  • Editioned
Work Type
State / Edition
  • No. 26 in an edition of 45
  • Wood
  • Hair
  • Found objects
  • Photography
  • Adhesive binding
  • Inkjet printing
  • Commercial binding
  • 77 mm
  • Jaco_Blac_03
Item Locator
  • N7433.4.J293 B53 2003
Place of Production
  • Photographed with a Canon 30d with a 24-105 IS L lens in Raw file format. In Photoshop CS3, edited for color and contrast using layers and curves adjustments and saved out as a tiff file. JPEG2000 created with CONTENTdm during upload process at a 10:1 lossy compression.
  • 08/08/2023


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Data Sources
Footer Number Term External URI
1 Jacobs, Diane
2 Miniature books--Specimens
3 folded books
4 University of Oregon. Design Library
5 Scantron Press
6 Portland >> Clackamas/Multnomah/Washington Counties >> Oregon >> United States
7 University of Oregon

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