Hanne Niederhausen ~ Oregon

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Niederhausen is a printmaker, painter, and book artist. A native of Germany, she has been living in Florida since 1984.

Hanne Niederhausen: "Each book I make allows me to investigate the interaction of concept, structure, materials, image, and sequence, bringing all the elements together in a meaningful and aesthetic way. I am always striving to expand the parameters of what defines a book."

Time After Time
with text by Maria Rilke
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, [2013]. Edition of 8.

6.75 x 9.75"; 22 pages including pastedowns. Flutter book: accordion extending from front and back pastedowns. Double-sided accordion with mixing photo images and reproduced monoprints. Inkjet printing on archival Epson Matte paper. Text in German and English. Photography and monoprints by Niederhausen. Poem text from "Das Lied der Witwe" / "The Song of the Widow" by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Edward Snow. Bound in cloth covers. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Hanne Niederhausen: "I took the photographs for this book at a visit for afternoon coffee in the home of my mother's neighbor. She had been widowed for over thirty years at the time. Hardly anything had changed in her house. A sense of bygone times was present in every room; traces of time had left their marks.

"Her belongings are well used, they may even look poor, but she was not seeing herself in such terms. From old fashioned, but still functioning doorbells and handles, to a treasured collection of porcelain figurines and frail lace curtains, I witnessed a whole range of domestic life and personal history. My intention was to capture their intimacy and endearing qualities, to create images that hover between reality and memory. Ordinary things harbor the ability to bring forth recollections and personal associations with the past."


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Road Stories
By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2010. Edition of 5.

8.75 x 5.75"; 24 pages. Flutter book. Photography and text inkjet printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Hardcover with inset title. Text and images by Hanne Niederhausen.

Hanne Niederhausen: "Road Stories is a visual journal about the aesthetics in markings of the road surface, captivating imperfections I have discovered on my wanderings through cities – sights that may escape others. The accompanying road alphabet in the centerfold (from Abrasive Affair to Zappy Zigzag) is a verbal description of these markings."
$180 (Last Copy)

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The Three Goals
By David Budbill
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2010. Edition of 4.

8.75 x 5", opens to 8.75 x 10 x 12"; 16 pages. Handpulled etchings (succession of single, diptych, and triptych in centerfold). Printed on Hahnemühle. In lightweight paper slipcase.

A short poem "The Three Goals" by David Budbill accompanied by the etchings of Hanne Niederhausen.

Hanne Niederhausen: "The number Three is surrounded by superstitions. The phrase 'Third time's the charm' refers to the superstition that after two failures in any endeavor, a third attempt is more likely to succeed. However, in David Budbill's poem the third goal is the hardest to achieve, and it necessitates that the other two goals have been reached. The arrangement of images correspond to the succession of Three: first a single, then a diptych, and a triptych in the centerfold. For the second half of the book the sequence is reversed. The progression of colors in the subtle etchings reflects the numerical principle. The abstractness of the images harmonizes with the requirements of the imaginative poem. The cover papers display rows of threes in an all over pattern – yet one row does not conform."

Budbill is a poet and playwright. He has had eight books of poetry published. His honors include an Honorary Doctorate from New England College, an NEA fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in the Vermont mountains.
$650 (Last two copies)

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The Faded Past
Knowledge without Power

By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2009. Edition of 5.

3 x 10.25 .75"; 36 pages (18 leaves). Palm leaf structure. Photographs inkjet printed on MOAB Entrada archival paper. Text printed in Palatino Linotype on grey Rives BFK paper. Text source: selected running heads from an old dictionary. Boards covered with handpainted Tyvek paper. Paper title labels inset on front board. The palm left structure is held together by braided string, which has a wooden bead at each end. Presented in felt slip case. Colophon on back pastedown signed and numbered by the artist

Hanne Niederhausen: "An almost complete edition of an old German Meyers Lexikon [a major encyclopedia of the German language, printed in various editions from 1839 to 1984] was given to me by a friend who was leaving the country. I looked for some time at the worn, dilapidated volumes standing on a book shelf, and I became fascinated by their wonderfully aged leather spines with golden letters. Once they all looked alike; now each one has taken on a different patina expressing a personal character. With Faded Past I am transforming these wise but outdated volumes into a new book, giving them a second life. Anyone who loves to flip through dictionaries might have the same fondness looking at the running heads on the tops and bottoms of the pages. I spent quite some time compiling weird pairs of sounds to use as text in this book; they had to be alliterations. You will find pairs such as Cosmic Couch and Wordy Worm. The days where we open an encyclopedia instead of a computer to obtain knowledge are vanishing fast; the case of Webster vs. web might turn out to be a lost battle.

"The reverse sides of the pages show images of tools and typefaces I photographed at the print shop in the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. Letterpress printing is another example of a disappearing craft. "


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Weekend Algebra Meeting
By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2009. Edition of 3.

9.25 x 11.25"; 12 pages with 24 handpulled prints from engraved aluminum plates, 19 text flags. Two-sided double accordion book. Images are handprinted intaglio style from engraved aluminum plates with etching inks onto Fabriano Murillo paper. Background color is printed from plexiglass plates. Metal back support is engraved and inked aluminum. Text is laser printed on flags of vellum papers. Font is Ariel. Housed in aluminum clamshell box. Colophon tipped in interior back of box. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Hanne Niederhausen: "Living with a mathematician the connection of art and science is part of my daily routine. Research papers and math books are scattered around the house mingling freely with art related projects and objects.

"The inspiration for this book was program for an upcoming 'Weekend Algebra Meeting' at our university that had been stranded on the kitchen counter. Reading the headings for the individual sessions amused me, although I mostly could not comprehend the meaning. 'Coffee Break' and 'Picnic at the Beach' seemed as important and relevant as for example 'When Divisibility by an Element Implies Invertibility.'

"To correspond to the abstract nature of algebra, I decided to create abstract images with clear primary colors for the pages of the book. The linear images, referencing symbols and notations intertwined with gestural marks of my own handwriting, are engraved into the printing plates."


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Moderation Is Not a Negation of Intensity, but Helps Avoid Monotony
By John Tagliabue
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2007. Edition of 3.

11.5 x 7.25 x 1" closed, extends to 32"; 8 pages. Two-sided double accordion book (that is, two accordions, both using the front and back) with hand pulled etchings. Printed on Hahnemühle. Arial Narrow font. Laid in box covered with Fabriano Ingres with title tipped on cover.

This book can be viewed in regular codex fashion or displayed standing upright. Viewed from above the angles of top and bottom accordion form a square.

Hanne Niederhausen: "Art for me is pure, steady, and deep, but not excessive, overpowering, or dramatic. For this reason I was drawn to this poem by John Tagliabue which praises moderation and the ordinary blankness of little dramas in every-day life. In the etchings I was striving to complement this concept with details of my quiet and peaceful life in an Austrian hamlet. As quoted from Whitman: 'Lounge and invite the soul.' In the technique of etching the reworking and successive treatment of the zinc plate create nuances and subtleties which cannot be realized in any other medium. The slowness of the printmaking process allows time for ideas to internalize, change and mature."
$650 (Last Copy)

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By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2007. Edition of 3.

14 x 11.5 x 1.5"; 40 pages. Ten signatures with twenty hand-pulled etchings on Rives Lightweight 115 gsm with monoprints printed on outer sides. Ten text signatures on Kozo (beginning passages of ten well known works of literature). All signatures sewn onto an accordion spine. Bound into hard covers with etchings.

Hanne Niederhausen: "This book will appeal to the connoisseur of classic literature. The opening paragraph of a book is one of the most challenging parts for the author. It has to draw the reader in and compel her/him to continue. By choosing the beginnings of ten well known works of literature I invite the reader to discover the respective author. Don't be discouraged by the game - the answers are found in the colophon. The semi-abstract nature of the etchings heighten the mystery, yet complement the words. The text signatures are more narrow, in order to view the etchings simultaneously, inviting a dialogue between image and text.

"This book can be viewed in regular codex fashion. When pulled open it expands to 36" and exposes the range of colors of the monoprinted outer sides."

Excerpts from:
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter;
Mark Twain: Adventures of Tom Sawyer
James Joyce: Ulysses;
Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence;
A. Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet;
Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre;
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin;
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice;
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Frankenstein,
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities


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By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2005. Edition of 3.

9.5 x 5" closed, opens to 9.5 x 11"; 12 pages. Star book structure. Collagraph on Rives BFK as back layer, two layers of cut-out photographs. Inkjet printed on Hahnemühle Photo Matte. Stenciled text. Paper covered boards with collagraph on front board. Ribbon tie closure.

Hanne Niederhausen: "After each hurricane season in Florida, my town is wrapped in many places with colorful caution band. I went out frequently with my camera trying to capture the mood, at the same time getting hooked by the seemingly endless possible close-up views of the tangled and knotted tapes. The images signify caution and danger. The caution band is a symbol - an icon for alertness and hazard, reminding us of the vulnerability and instability of our lives."

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Do Not Disturb
By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2011. Edition of 8.

8.25 x 5.5", extends to 18.5"; 14 pages. Three-tiered flagbook with handpainted cover. Inkjet printing on Moab Entrada Rag Natural 300 gsm archival paper. Centaur Gothic font. Ingres Fabriano papers for spine. Original monoprints and photographs by the artist.

Hanne Niederhausen: "Do Not Disturb reminds us of the fragility of nature and the Florida Everglades in particular. For the front sides of the flags I chose black and white images of grasses and their reflection in the Florida wetlands I photographed there. They move across the pages and, with the flags pulled open, create a strikingly linear and abstract looking pattern. In contrast, the back sides display a gradation of color with textural images of monoprints. The poem culminates in the message: 'The things we love we have to learn to leave alone.'"

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Rules for Teachers
By Hanne Niederhausen
Boca Raton, Florida: Hanne Niederhausen, 2009. Edition of 8.

8.25 x 5.5" closed, opens to 8.25 x 18"; 14 pages. Flagbook structure. Collage and photography images. Printed on Legion Entrada 300gsm archival inkjet paper. Covers layered with Japanese rayon lace paper. Text excerpted from "Rules for Teachers – 1915".

Hanne Niederhausen: "Always on the look-out for interesting sights and signage while traveling, I came across a display called 'Rules for Teachers – 1915,' which is exhibited in the Old School Museum in Matakohe, New Zealand. This list of instructions for female teachers struck me as very severe and at the same time hilarious, especially when looking at it with the eyes of a woman living in the 21st century. Yet, we are aware that numerous women at that time had to abide to these rules. The text is worked into black and white images of the Florida wetlands, and for the front sides of the flags I created a collage depicting a nude sitting within the confinement of an old cottage but facing the freedom of the ocean."

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