April 15th 2012: commissioned and published linoleum cut, illustrating six poems, by the New York Times Sunday Review, “ Tax time no accounting for poetry “.
The image concept was created keeping in mind being able to work with [ or around] an already existing text layout to be later displayed into the double page of the paper…so image and texts would be come as a ‘one’ versa having a text aside a rectangular shape image. This was the main challenge of this project, it required some fine tuning to make sure that the 6 poems would have their text spaces none obstructed by the art work. Fortunately, unlike with ‘taxes issues’ I was given no restrictions as far as the image is concern.
The New York Times-“Tax Break” – original linoleum cut print
New York Times Sunday Review, paper version – Tax Break – double page — morning April 15th 2012
” The deadline for filing tax returns is Tuesday. Elbow-deep in the language of gross income, of capital gains and losses, of 1098, 1099 and W-2, we asked six writers: Is there any room for poetry? ” [ The NewYork Times quote]
New York Times Sunday Review, paper version – “Tax Break” – details showing the printed poems inserted into the art work
New York Times Sunday Review – inline version
Note: poems no dot appear on the web version inside of the art work, which makes sense, otherwise their would not be readable [ two small]. The very large size printed paper double page version allow it [ on the contrary ] to be displayed inside the blue areas. Taking advantage of size and background support is part of the ‘art’ work equation.
Creating the original linoleum prints: drawing, cutting and printing process
sketch for ” Tax break ”
linoleum block with printed image
A friendly New Yorker reading the paper at the created page…
- Most likely when I am cutting my linoleum block I concentrate first on making the imagery coming to life, second on meeting the dreadful dead line…It comes always with the same puzzling amazement to be able to see the final results at 7:00 am the next day, across the street, on neighbor door steps [ near by the garbage can ]…which would be more likely the final destination of the newspaper before the end of the day.
It is a strange feeling sitting near by someone actually reading the New York Times at the very same page one has been a contributor- [while all thoughts from the finished job are away]. Asking oneself ” so my image contribution has actually a function ? ” This encounter made it up for all my assignment headaches, meanwhile I am not too sure if in the future I should take it less seriously or in the contrary more intensely …
Drawings linoleum cuts, photographs and texts copyright Raymond Verdaguer, 2012.