Mutually Exclusive

blue book cover with the words mutually exclusive centered in red
Mutually Exclusive (2002) Emily Martin

Publisher: Emily Martin

Edition: 50

Year: 2002

Binding: 5 Magic wallets in a hard wrapper

Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.3


  • Japanese box wrapper with navy blue cloth and two bone toggle clasps
  • Case contains five letterpress printed "magic wallets"

This book was provoked by the events of 9/11/01, which address the cacophony of news reports, emotions, analysis and opinions (expert and otherwise) that follow in the wake of any major news event. The righteous indignation and reciprocal intolerance whitewashed by ideals from religion to political correctness raise the question of personal belief. Using the magic wallet format, the book panels flip back and forth from two opposing statements, which reflect the slipperiness of forging a personal philosophy.

Each of the texts has three layers, the large basic statements, an underlying stream-of-consciousness narration and the 10 sets from the Pythagorean table of opposites. The wallets are contained in a Japanese box wrapper with bone clasps made by Rosa Guimaraes. Printed with the assistance of interns Paula Naughton and Nancy Campbell during the Sally R. Bishop artist’s residency at Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Edition of 50 sets. Public collections: Yale University, University of Iowa, University of Delaware, Indiana University, Kansas University, University of North Carolina, University of California, Irvine; Swarthmore College, California State, Hayward; University of California, San Diego; Virginia Commonwealth University, Union College, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan, Brooklyn Museum of Art, University of California, Santa Barbara; Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Library of Congress. Private collections.



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