Spitz & Pollack ~ New York / New Jersey
(Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack)



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Laurie Spitz & Amee Pollack: "As book artists, our one-of-a-kind constructions use drawers, flaps, and movables to invite viewers to discover for themselves the printed stories and commentary hidden within. These 'sculptural stories' explore women’s legacies – from the pioneers of the Suffrage Movement to the homemaker of the Feminine Mystique and the modern woman of today."
   

Fractured Landscapes
By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2006. Edition of 12.

9.375 x 7.25" split-page accordion structure. Collage of images from original photographs. Constructed with Japanese inspired sewn spine and paper slipcase. Materials: elephant hide cardstock; suede; mulberry paper; and, geometric laser printed labels.

Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack: "The split-page accordion structure houses images which began as original photographs of urban reflections on cars. The motivation for this piece was to find beauty even in unnatural, man-made surfaces of a modern, impersonal city. The structure allows the images to swing free and be seen in more than one permutation. It also affords the opportunity for the piece to be displayed like a star book, from a codex to a full 360 degree angle. An added layered mosaic grid transforms abstraction into abstraction as the city landscapes grow even more surreal."
$350 (Last two copies)


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An Abecedary for Our Times
By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2013. Edition of 12.

3 x 3" magic cube in 3.75 x 3.75 x 3.5" box with Japanese clasp, includes optional tray for storage. Digital printing of original watercolors attached with acid-free adhesives. Signed and numbered by the artists.

Spitz & Pollack: "A magic cube opens and reconfigures into eight alphabet blocks whose illustrated surfaces shift, connect, and break away in this irreverent look at what children are learning today."
(SOLD)

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The Good Wife
By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2010. Edition of 10.

8.75 x 6"; 6 pages. Handpainted and digitally printed images (based on original acrylic renderings). Includes 2 movables, 4 pop-ups, and 2 flaps. Designs are based on Spitz & Pollack original acrylic paintings. Quarter bound in gray cloth. Excerpts from Housekeeping Monthly, May 1955.

Spitz & Pollack: "Discover what's really cooking in a 1950s oven as it serves up a tasty three-course meal while dishing out advice on How to Please Your Man."
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Happy Days
By Laurie Spitz and Amee Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2014. Edition of 12.

5 .625 x 4.75" closed, extends to 18". Vertical accordion fold. Digitally printed on Lasor 80 cardstock. Covers wrapped in Portuguese Cork Paper. Illustrations based on original acrylic artwork. Signed by both artists. Numbered.

Spitz & Pollack: "A ham and cheese sandwich serves up a 1950's housewife's To-Do List, growing longer and more crazed in this extending pop-up's look back at the Feminine Mystique on the cusp of Liberation."
(SOLD)

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The Inheritance
A New Kind of Women's History Book

By Laurie Spitz & Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2011. Edition of 15.

8 x 9.5 x 2"; 16 pages including pastedowns. Digitally printed. Hand-engineered and assembled with acid-free paper and adhesives. Includes 4 movables, 5 flaps, 2 pop-ups, 4 booklets. Bound in Japanese silk book cloth with paper title on front board. In matching slipcase with paper title on side.

Popped-out furniture reveals hand-made flaps, movables, and illustrated booklets that delve beyond decorative facades to comment on the changing state of women in this homage to courage and perseverance.

Spitz & Pollack: "The Inheritance is created from photographs of our original three-dimensional constructions built with book board and book cloths. Imagery based on our acrylic & ink drawings.

"[It is] a compendium or catalogue of our book constructions. The format resembles The Dictionary [2005] with its movable pages."


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"It's a Piece of Cake":
A Women's Guide to Doing It All Today

By Laurie Spitz and Amee Pollack
New York/New Jersey: Spitz & Pollack, 2016. Deluxe Edition of 3.

4.5 x 3 x 3" construction housing three books. Ribbon tie closure. Paper engineering and book board construction with cork paper and Japanese book cloth. Illustrated and collaged miniature books serve as cake layers. Housed in a box with screen-printed ribbon closure. Signed and numbered by the artists.

Spitz & Pollack: "A piece of layer cake dishes out three pop-up booklets whose contents provide increasingly crazed advice for today's busy women in this wry look at the aftermath of liberation."
(SOLD)

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Modern Home and Garden
By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2006. Edition of 25.

5.25 x 2.625 x 2" Clear mylar box (housed in a blue paper box) holds two miniature books. The Modern Home (2.75 x 2.125 x .125") is a hardbound laser-printed, double-sided accordion with eight projections, hand engineered and assembled. The Garden (2.25 x 2.125 x .375") is hardbound, hand woven, and has a collaged batik cover and metal paperclips.

Spitz & Pollack: "A tongue-in-cheek look at the values of modern urban life. A luxury condominium dwelling unfolds and grows from a colorful extending pop-up book whose text extols the virtues of triple-mint living while the garden book beside it opens in artificial collaged absurdity. Both miniature structures are housed inside a hand designed clear mylar box with Plexiglas cubed feet."
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Professor Pinkerton's Pop-Up Library
By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2009. Edition of 10.

8.5 x 8.75" three-room carousel. 9 pop-ups; 6 movables; 2 flaps; 6 booklets. Illustrated with collage, pochoir, pen-and-ink, and painting. Original pop-up facades, wall and floor designs stenciled onto Elephant Hide cover stock paper. Booklets, movables, and flaps digitally printed and hand assembled. Bound with Indian Deco flock paper.

This is the second in the Pop-up Library series. The first Pinkerton Library had only one room. The library has now expanded to three.

Colophon: "Tie back the covers of this three-room carousel library and enter a world of living history where handmade pop-ups, ull-tabs, wheel, slides, and miniature pamphlets offer an unexpected glimpse of the so-called progress of civilization."
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Professor Pinkerton's Pop-Up Library:
A Peek into the Modern Age

By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York, NY: Spitz & Pollack, 2008. Edition of 12.

8.25 x 8.75"; 3 pop-ups; 2 movables; 2 flaps; 2 booklets. Screen and laser printed. Three-dimensional room with collage. Illustrated pop-up furniture, floor, and decoration based on original hand-painted and stenciled designs and pen-and-ink drawings. Pop-ups hand-engineered and screen printed on Elephant Hide cover. Pamphlets and background laser printed and collaged. Book bound with Japanese Mohair Brown book cloth and Indian decorative paper.

Amee Pollack: "This work is a follow-up to our Movable Dictionary. That one was a political commentary, whereas this one is a social commentary."
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Victorian Splendor
By Laurie Spitz and Amee J. Pollack
New York: Spitz & Pollack, 2009. Edition of 10.

10 x 8 x 2.5" hardbound three-dimensional desk with pull-down flap, drawers, and an accordion miniature book (8 pages). Materials: Bockingford-cream watercolor paper 140 lb., Cranes natural white paper 140lb; Biscotti-colored archival mat board; casein archival fixative. Processes: Gocco and digital printing. Watercolor. Housed in a hardbound 9.25 x 11 x 2.5" clamshell case covered in hand-painted Japanese silk book cloth.

Spitz & Pollack: "An homage to the pioneers of the women's suffrage movement whose courage and perseverance led the way."

A three-dimensional 19th-century desk with drop down writing area and pull out drawers, complete with Victorian touches, peacock feathers, a Japanese fan, a gas lamp.

Colophon: "Perhaps like many people, we tended to connect the Women's Suffrage Movement with images of early 20th-century parades and pickets.However, a chance encounter with a wonderful little book, Women of the Suffrage Movement by Janice E. Ruth & Evelyn Sinclair ..., reminded us of the pre-Civil War beginnings of the campaign and the remarkable women who supported it.

"This book from the Library of Congress' Women Who Dare series acted as inspiration for our piece, Victorian Splendor. Also helpful to us in our research were the informative website – http://womenshistory.about.com and the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton."
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