Kathmandu: Bardo Matrix, 1975. Red, blue, and black woodblock prints on Lokta paper. 8 7/8 x 10 3/4 in. Lokta paper folder with a sewn-in pocket on inside back cover, containing a title sheet folded into wrappers, in turn containing 15 leaves of varying sizes, including 8 illustrations from marvel comics and 7 poems by Ira Cohen. Edition of 500, this copy no. 313. Starstreams poetry series, no. 2. Very good. Item #5597
Printed in collaboration with the Tibetan printmaker Nawang Norbu, this book by Ira Cohen's Bardo Matrix contains woodblock prints based on comic book characters such as The Silver Surfer and Professor X, and poems by Cohen. Also contains woodcuts, colophons, and emblems added by Cohen from the print shop he lived in, with mythological, occult, and stupa imagery. A fantastic Bardo Matrix publication exemplifying their handmade paper crafting technique, nontraditional publishing formats, and appropriation of American popular culture into a Nepalese artistic tradition.