Further Other Book Works is thrilled to offer a suite of giclée prints featuring original art by Houston poet and artist, Paul Klinger.
Imaged from the original monoprints, Klinger’s Alligator Suite is a death mask, a cartography, an epic micro history, an elegy, and a protest. It marks the death of “Snowman,” an alligator Klinger discovered gunshot in the tall grass somewhere outside Houston, but Klinger’s work is no simple act of specimen collection.
Instead, this suite is the burial shroud.
The process: Klinger inked the gator where it lay and made prints directly from its body. The original monoprints bear evidence of a process literally on the ground: bits of grass and mud cling to the paper, which everywhere shows creasing from contact with the animal’s form. Our edition makes no effort to hide the topographic effects of this process (most immediately visible in the shadows around the tail in the second panel above).
The result is luminous.