40. THE MISSING LOVER. New York, NY: Spuyten Duyvil, 2006. 6x7" 56 pages. (C)
Text by Summer Brenner, full-color front and back covers and collage images by Lewis Warsh. Offset, smyth-sewn paperback. Limited edition of 75 numbered and signed copies, of which this is 61.
“Summer Brenner asked me to contribute collages to her novella, The Missing Lover. There are twelve collages, plus front and back covers, all from a series called ‘Girls On the Dock.’ I found a photograph in a magazine of four teenage girls sitting on the edge of a dock in bathing suits. I xeroxed it in different sizes. There are also boys in the water nearby as well. They’re leaning on the dock watching the girls. Each of the collages contains an element of this photograph, sometimes just the faces of the girls. Sometimes I include just a trace of the photo—you have to search for it amid the other elements—but in most cases it’s right in front of you. I did the collages in 2001–02, while I was living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and before I began using letters in my collages. The book was produced in a beautiful edition by Tod Thilleman.”