Denise Bookwalter and Frank Giampietro, “Spandrel”

Cover image.


Page at the beginning of book that shows the first poem as it is slowly transforming
through the 150 pages to the poem at the end of the book.
To think happiness
was always here in the dark cabinet
next to the mason jar
of roasted almonds


An image from the center of the book where the text is unreadable on its way to
becoming the text for the last poem.


A page near the end of the book showing the second poem as it comes into focus.
Note to social self: No more
going out and getting
the snot beaten out of you
with a mean ball-peen.


Detail of laser cut text.


Artist: Denise Bookwalter and Frank Giampietro (Tallahassee, FL)

Title: Spandrel (2011)

Medium/technique(s): letterpress printed post bound book

Edition size: 50

Number of pages: 150

Dimensions, open: 4″ x 20″ x 2″

Dimensions, closed: 4″ x 12″ x 2″


Artist Statement:

Spandrel uses traditional and non-traditional processes to play with the reading of a poem. One poem is on the first page and slowly transforms through the 150 pages into the second poem, which is on the last page. In the middle of the book the text is unreadable but as the viewer nears the end the text comes back into focus. The project was a two year project that was a collaboration between Frank Giampietro and Denise Bookwalter. The entire book draws from the architectural term spandrel. 12″x4″x2″ post bound book with laser cut and letterpress pages. Hosho Paper. Printed on SCAP’s Universal I Vandercook. Edition of 50. Spandrel is a collaboration between Denise Bookwalter and Frank Giampietro.