80 Years of Art & Design in Pix & Prose, Juxtaposed
"WHY? is 80 Years of Art & Design in Pix & Prose, Juxtaposed: Lifelines & land(e)scapes from the SF Art Institute to nightclub dancing in NY, to SF's Art in Cinema & the Hollywood movie scene, 1945-55, to studying graphic design in Basel, Switzerland, 1956-62, to a SF design office & painting Supergraphics at The Sea Ranch, 1967, to studying architecture at UCB, to work in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, NY & SF.
After all this, I sat still & became obsessed with 8 ½" x 11" sheets of white paper. I typed lines. I drew lines. Letterforms lined up into words. Words lined up into straight lines. Straight lines, one above another, lined up into columns & stories. Each line & liaison led to the next & related to the rest. I cut-&-paste a lot on more sheets of 8 ½" x 11" paper and became a knotty Y-NOT-KNOT lady looking on from across the book's binding, glued, I looked for secrets in white shapes, the precious nothing of wide margins, the white space no one notices between the lines and lies, behind the scenes & in my life. WHY NOT?" - Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Includes a Q&A between Adrian Shaughnessy and Barbara Solomon with an afterword by Barbara herself.