|Artist / Creator||Colin Frazer|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Bozeman, Montana|
|Process / Technique||Inkjet, letterpress, laser print|
|Structure / Binding||Portfolio-style hard cover binding|
|Medium / Materials||Photography, land deeds|
|Number of Pages||40 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||15 x 22 x .5 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Edition of ??|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
This editioned artists book investigates the role of land as an archive, and the translation of site to non-site. Cool Valley is an ongoing project where I document pieces of land as books. The books in this series contain interviews, photographs, historical documents, maps, and the deed to a unique small parcel of land in a failed development in Colorado. Collectors of the book own a piece of American land, and also the obligation to pay the $4 in taxes a year it takes to maintain the rights to it. The proceeds from each book are used to purchase more land in this historic failed development. The edition is complete when the entire development is purchased, turned into books and entered into the archive, thus preserving this tract of land for the public good.
Artist BioColin Frazer is a typographer, artist and founding principal of the design studio The Service Bureau. Working primarily for cultural sector clients, tSB produces commissioned and self-initiated projects spanning publication design, type design, website and exhibition design, writing, curation, and pedagogy for clients such as the RISD Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design - New York, and the Los Angeles County Arts Council. His artwork resides in private and public collections including SFMOMA, the Walker Art Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has had recent solo exhibitions in the U.S., Belgium, and Morocco. Currently a professor at Montana State University, he has taught widely, including positions at CalArts, RISD, Colorado College, Valand School of Art at Gothenburg University, Penland, and The University of Texas at Austin.