Tod Lippy, Esopus Drawings, 2018
60-page facsimile sketchbook printed on archival paper
Dimensions: 11 x 14 inches
Esopus Drawings features 25 drawings by Esopus editor Tod Lippy completed over the spring and summer of 2018. The edition, which is a facsimile of the sketchbook Lippy used printed on archival paper, appears on the 15th anniversary of the Esopus Foundation Ltd. and is meant to commemmorate this milestone by revisiting various aspects of our first decade and a half of operation.
As Lippy explains, "Because I am essentially the only person working on each issue, the production of Esopus has been an intensely personal exercise. For these drawings, I've worked mostly from photographs depicting Esopus events, artists’ projects from particular issues, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the printing and editorial process, and other instances related to the production of the publication. Each drawing took between two and five days to complete. Over the course of that time, I found myself becoming immersed in—and reliving on some level—a very specific moment in the history of Esopus. It was a profound and moving experience, and I am especially grateful to the MacDowell Colony, which awarded me a August 2018 residency during which I completed many of these."
Please note: If you are a current Esopus Premium subscriber, you will be receiving this edition automatically on your doorstep in early November as a part of your subscription. Premium subscribers will also receive a perforated blank sheet of drawing paper at the end of their editions; we are encouraging recipients to complete their own drawing related to Esopus and send it to the Esopus Foundation. We plan to organize an exhibition around all of these submissions, which will become a part of the Foundation's archive, in 2019.