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SignLanguage [SIGNED]

Mortensen, Viggo

Published by Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA, 2002
Condition: g+ to vg Soft cover
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Oblong quarto. 84pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers. Half-title signed by the author. Illustrated with 95 illustrations in color and b&w, this 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'. Art historian Kevin Power offers an insightful look at Viggo Mortenson's art and the photographer at work. He draws interesting parallels between Mortenson's recent work and the fantasy literature of Tolkien and Le Guin. This work is the comprehensive catalogue published in conjunction with Viggo Mortensen's "Signlanguage" exhibition held at Santa Monica's Track 16 Gallery in February, 2002. This lovely document features the actor/artist's photography and paintings created primarily during his stay in New Zealand from 1999 to 2001 while filming his role as "Aragorn" in Peter Jackson's cinematic version of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Moderate creasing on back cover. Wrappers in overall good+, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 37309

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Title: SignLanguage [SIGNED]

Publisher: Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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