ANGUS MACLISE AND THE BARDO MATRIX PRESS

Along with Ira Cohen, the other founder of the Bardo Matrix Press was artist, poet, and original drummer for The Velvet Underground drummer Angus MacLise. Cohen later wrote that Angus had“always been interested in innovative printing, and working with Piero Heliczer on the Dead Language Press making unique books from treebark or fashioning long horizontal handmade books after the Tibetan or Indian style. It was Angus who, working with local craftsmen and woodblock artists, really began the great rice paper adventure.”

One of the more notable publications of the Bardo Matrix Press, in fact, was MacLise’s The Subliminal Report. Cohen: “The Subliminal Report included two photos printed in silver ink on white machine made paper, one a mylar portrait of Angus taken in New York, the other a stone garuda sinking into the ground in Dhoka Tole just in front of the Raj Photo Shop where the negatives were developed and first printed.”

“There was a very special collaboration going on here between the artists and artisans, Nepalis and foreigners, which was mutually inspiring and gives the books their unique quality. The Subliminal Report was the first book to utilize Bhutanese silk paper as cover stock.”