Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mrs.5000 is Famous


Veteran readers know that Mrs.5000 is an accomplished book artist. She works under the name of "Susan Collard," and in my own humble opinion is Better Than Joseph Cornell.(tm)* She recently emerged from three or four months in the Castle basement with a new piece called A Short Course in Recollection. Here are some images!



Now, what may not be immediately apparent in these pictures is that Short Course is a functional gravitron, or marble raceway. There are steel balls that run through a course of ramps through the structure of the book, running through switches and levers and whatnot. It's all very cool. You can see some of the ramps in this detail.


Now you're probably saying to yourself, "Dude, where can I go to check this out?" Well, if you live in the happy cities of Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake, Denver, Cincinnati, Easton PA, Hanover NH, or Atlanta, you are in luck: it, and the rest of the "Marking Time" exhibit from the Guild of Book Workers will be coming to an accredited cultural institution near you! Here's the schedule, and here's a blurb on the show from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

* She will want me to have made it clear that she does not herself share in this opinion.


In Other Art News

After seven years of highly sporadic effort, I am happy to report that I have finished my libretto. We shall for the moment leave aside such questions as "why?" and "do you really know anything about writing for vocal composition?" and "what the hell is wrong with you, anyway?" and get to the heart of the matter: if any of y'all happen to be friends with any big famous opera composers, ask them if they'd be willing to look at my manuscript, k? K.

17 comments:

jovaliquilts said...

Yay, Mrs. 5000! Totally awesome, just wish the exhibit would come to Chicago. Maybe I'll visit SF at the right time.

jovaliquilts said...

Hmmm... your link to the schedule keeps taking me to my gmail. Just my odd computer, or is the link whacky?

Elaine said...

Happened to me, too! Very tricky, that M5000 guy!

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Michael5000 said...

OK, the schedule link should work now.

@Anonymous: So's your mother!

LegalMist said...

very cool. any chance of coming to Arizona?

MJ said...

beautiful!

Elaine said...

Thanks for fixing the link! and congratulations to BOTH creative 5000-folk.

La Gringissima said...

Huzzah! Road trip to Cincy!!

Rebel said...

YAY!!!! Congratulations Sue!!! =)

The book is awesome and I would love to get right up in there and look at it/play with it!

Rex Parker said...

Yeah that's pretty badass. Wish I didn't live in the middle of nowhere.

RP

Elaine said...

Rex (we know that's not your REAL name)-- YOU do not live in the middle of nowhere. I am positive about this: I don't see you, and THIS is the EPICENTER of Nowhere.
However, do what I did-- email the info to my offspring and sibs who happen to live in two of the venues where this will be displayed. Yay! (maybe I'll visit....)

DrSchnell said...

Very cool!

Dug said...

Nicely Excellent! I'm always looking for an excuse to go to Easton in the fall.

mrs.5000 said...

Hey, thanks, you all. Wish you could all see it in person.

Michael5000 said...

@Rex: "Middle of Nowhere"? Why, sir, I happen to know you live only a few hours from Easton, Pennsylvania!

@Everyone: Yes yes yes, Mrs.5000's book is good, etc. But what about the part where you hook me up with famous opera composers?

gl. said...

commenting a week late means i still think it's wonderful! congrats, mrs.5000! is there any chance you might start your own blog? then we could properly appreciate your books without competing with quizzes and requests to hook m5000 up w/ philip glass. ;)