Title: Viggo Mortensen: SIGNLANGUAGE / Sign ...
Publisher: CA: Smart Art Press
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
This is the ULTRA-SCARCE HARDCOVER EDITION, True First edition, First printing (only about 500 copies were ever printed for Viggo Mortensen's show at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, California); SIGNED (generically with 'Thanks-') by VIGGO MORTENSEN (simply signed, NOT inscribed to anyone, which is pretty hard to find nowadays; the book was signed at the opening of the exibit, before the 'Lord of the Rings' craze, so the artist just simply signed the book, without inscription). This is a hardcover with dustjacket, unread in AS NEW (Very-Fine/Very-Fine) condition (no marks, not book-club ed, etc). Please note that Mortensen does not 'simply' sign books anymore, but personalizes them (as in 'For_____'), so copies such as this are extremely scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 8071
Synopsis: This long awaited second publication by the highly recognized film actor and artist/poet, Viggo Mortensen melds his acutely sensitive ability to intertwine words, paintings and photography into one lyrical conceptual landscape. Working like a personal diary, SignLanguage, takes us on a visual journey into the soul of Mortensen's creative forces. His diary-based photographs, taken while filming 'The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Rings' become dream-like landscapes shrouded in mystery and suspense while his multi-layered paintings entwine themselves around stanzas of poetry. The melding of all three forces allows the reader to become acutely aware of the details surrounding the artists existence, a multiple of split-second images burned into the mind of a thousand different places.
SignLanguage exquisitely features extensive color and black and white reproductions of both his photographic works and his intensely personal collage based paintings, partly intertwined in an informative essay by international critic and poet, Kevin Power. Special highlights also include unique photographs by Mortensen while on location during the filming of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'.
About the Author: An established film actor, with roles in A Perfect Murder and Gus Van Sant's Psycho and most recently a leading role
in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Viggo Mortensen has also proven himself to be an accomplished poet and artist.
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