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An artist book project exploring visual + written vocabulary with words + images that are both obscure and familiar. 26 books, one for each word (A-Z)

Onomasticon is a limited edition artist book project by Ian J. Whitmore

Inspired by an ongoing photography project that addresses the prevailing sense of non-place in contemporary American urban and suburban landscape, onomasticon presents a new vocabulary for these ubiquitous, yet abstract spaces.

This series is comprised of 26 artists books. Each book will pair a single word—corresponding to a letter of the alphabet—with various imagery. This new vocabulary will be composed of words both obscure and familiar; they share poignantly relevant definitions to describe the images they accompany.

While the books’ focus will be the photographic images, they will also explore any number of media, including drawing, graphics, screen printing, etc.

These individual books become documents; experimenting with and exploring both visual literacy and written language.

You can read even more information at the project web site: http://onomasticon.info

By backing this project you will be helping to fund an essential component in this project: The production of 26 hand-made book cases.

My Kickstarter goal will by no means cover the entire cost of these book cases but it will be a key piece of funding necessary to make the project possible and more accessible.

If, by some miracle, the funding reaches $6000 the project will be almost 100% guaranteed to to be completed with out any complications or shortcuts.

If you have questions or would like clarification about any of this please feel free to send me a message and/or visit http://onomasticon.info

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    You will receive my sincerest thanks and updates about the project including images of the production and progress of the project.

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    A unique print of the first page from the book 'cacophony' on a 13"x19" sheet. Signed in an edition of 10.

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    A unique print of three images from Nowhere and the Onomasticon maquettes (3.5”x 3.5” each) on a 13"x19" sheet. Each print will be completely unique. No repeat combinations or sequences of images.

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    A unique print of the opening page of images from the book 'otiose' on a 13"x19" sheet. Signed in an edition of 10. (see images)

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    A unique print of the second page of images from the book 'otiose' on a 13"x19" sheet. Signed in an edition of 10. (see images)

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    A unique print of the center spread panoramic from the book 'cacophony' on a 17"x22" sheet. Signed in an edition of 10. (see images)

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    A unique print of both pages of images (spread) from the book 'otiose' on a 17"x22" sheet. Signed in an edition of 10. (see images)

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    10" x 10" Print of Nowhere #5011. Printed on a 13" x 19" sheet. Signed in an edition of 5. (see images)

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    10" x 10" Print of Nowhere #4702. Printed on a 13" x 19" sheet. Signed in an edition of 5. (see images)

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    15" x 15" print of your choice from my project Nowhere. You can look through current images on my website (http://www.ianwhitmore.com) Limit of 5 per image. Let me know the title of the image you would like and I will contact you via email to get your selection.

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    Full 'Onomasticon' subscription. You will receive the entire project—> 26 books over 24 months beginning in January of 2011. See (http://www.onomasticon.info) for more information. You will receive the full set of books with a hand-made cloth-covered bookcase (1 in an edition of 26)

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