November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Ampersand/Art

A Publication of Spool MFG

The Art & Recycling

Spool MFG is an independently owned and operated art space in Johnson City, New York, sponsored in large part by Don DeMauro, founder, artist and retired art professor from Binghamton University. The governing board is comprised of friends, many of whom are artists, with a common interest in achieving Spool’s stated goal: a commitment “to the existential, personal, social, and political dimensions of the contemporary moment.”

Spool is the namesake of the factory that occuped the building in which it is housed, “Spool & MFG”, but the ampersand had been dropped somewhere along the way. The publication, ampersand, puts it back into play in a somewhat esoteric fashion.

Much more than the usual bound version of a poetry chapbook, ampersand is a collection of poetry and visual art printed, drawn and written on the pages of invoices, bills, advertisements, checks, ledger sheets, folders, binders and every other kind of suitable surface found in files that had not seen light for 40 or 50 years since the building shut down as an industrial site.

The images that follow are pages from the book, some printed on the back side of ledgers, others drawn or painted on the front. A number of the edition of 50 will be distributed among the contributors, and the remainder will be sold. Each copy contains original hand-made entries, thus assuring that each ‘book’ is one-of-a-kind.

(for a larger view, click on images)

Page 2: Mission Statement/Don DeMauro

Page 6: Description/Alisa Strassner

Page 7: Cyanotype/Miles McNulty

Page 9: David Chirico

Page 14: Don DeMauro

Page 22: Andy Stevens

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