Seven Computer Landscapes.
Hollister, Vzlerrie.

Woodside, California: Occasional Works, 1993. One of 15 hors commerce copies printed for the bookmakers, marked “HC” on colophon and signed by Valerie Hollister. 35 copies were also printed for sale. The binding was handmade by Foolscap Press in Santa Cruz, California after a Joanne Sonnich With black and white pixel art illustrations drawn in MacPaint and printed on heavyweight Arches 88 paper. Type was hand-set and letterpress printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. Very light toning to a few edges but otherwise fine. Transparent hard plastic covers, with black external hinges, over paper wrappers printed in black and white with a MacPaint landscape illustration. Title letterpress printed in red on wrappers. The 7 pages of illustrations are in accordion format, bound i 8 inches by 6.75 inches. [vi] pp., 7 pp. illustra (Item ID: 16687)


Valerie Hollister (b. 1939), a California-born painter and digital artist, explains in the preface to Seven Computer Landscapes that she was inspired to translate her landscape paintings into black-and-white digital artworks when she saw her twelve-year-old daughter drawing in MacPaint. Hollister goes on to say that her paintings often convey “a change of light, a change of place, a change of time of day…the shapes, colors, and changing light of landscape” and that the challenge of translating her landscapes into black-and-white pixel images intrigued her because “it gave me an opportunity to…see whether I could capture the essential sensations of light, shape and color that drew me to each of these landscapes in the first place” (pp. [i-ii]).

Occasional Works was founded in 1977 by the photographer, journalist, and literary editor Ann Rosener (1914-2012). The press was based just outside of Palo Alto, California and also published fine and creative limited editions of poetry by C.P. Cavafy and Thom Gunn, as well as anthologies like How Words See: Some Twentieth-Century Poems About Works of Art (1998) that feature important poets like Frank O’Hara, Mina Loy, and May Swenson.

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