Tiramisu Press — C : O : L : O : N — Text by Ivan Soll
(Tiramisu Press) C : O : L : O : N. Text by Ivan Soll. designed in close collaboration by Ivan Soll and Marta Gomez. Madison, Wisconsin. 1995. 17 printed pages, 9 with images. 11” x 6”. Printed letterpress by Marta Gomez on Sakamoto and Fabriano Ingres papers, and bound by her with green slubbed silk spine and brown paper boards with design on front cover. Dropback box of brown-red slubbed silk with green slubbed cloth sides. One of 75 numbered copies, signed on the back free endpaper by Soll and Gomez. Fine.
Initially inspired by the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in America, the book’s completion was delayed by occurrences of the very phenomenon it discusses – long voyages to other continents, and explorations of terra incognita. Using wordplay, etymologies, and rebuses, C : O : L : O : N weaves a fabric out of ideas, images, and echoes suggested by the various names of the explorer: referred to in English as Christopher Columbus, but born Cristóforo Colombo in Italy, and Cristobal Colón when he sailed west. These names give rise to a bizarre, disparate, but still surprisingly unified landscape.