For the past few weeks I’ve been working on constructing this accordion book and print portfolio for the edition ‘The Best of The Best’ by R. J. Kern. It includes 12 mounted salt prints (printed by R.J. Kern), 4 pop-ups, essays, statements and a colophon, and it all fits into the walnut and Plexiglass case. The print can also be displayed vertically in the frame or freestanding.
Each COLLECTOR’S EDITION contains a 15-page accordion-fold visual book and print folio.
From its 11 x 14 x 3 inch box, the accordion-fold book unfolds into a sequence of photographs and three-dimensional pop-ups. The book includes twelve bound salt prints along with four pop-up salt prints with salt print backgrounds. The book may be opened from either direction and displayed upright in an array of presentation shapes to include a rectangle (similar to barn stalls), a star, or a line. If exhibited in a rectangle form, dimensions are 41.25 x 31 inches.
The print folio includes one freestanding salt-over-archival pigment print signed by R. J. Kern; each of these prints is a unique animal pair drawn from an edition of 10.