|Title||Of Mud and Dirt and Dust|
|Artist / Creator||Dr. Bob Pliny|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Subject||Philosophy, illustration, existential, change notation, music|
|Image Process||Hand lettered and illustrated|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion book made with pages built from recycled vintage book covers. Hardcover, case, style cover|
|Medium / Materials||Wallpaper, acrylic ink, graphite and colored pencil, gold leaf|
|Number of Pages||14 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||7 x 10 x 2.75 inches, Extends out to 72 inches|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Of Mud and Dirt and Dust explores the notion that all things exist as ever-changing formations of matter and energy. This book presents the materialist argument that life, like flowing mud and solid earth and whirling clouds of dust, is but a meaningless unfolding of things coming together and coming apart. This includes not just objects that we perceive through our senses, but consciousness as well.
Rather than give into its apparent meaninglessness, Of Mud and Dirt and Dust encourages readers to embrace life with Wonder and Delight, attitudes which have the power to free us from fear and bring about real wisdom.
As do many of the books I’ve produced in the past few years, Of Mud and Dirt and Dust features illustrations and diagram-like scores of Change Notation, a system of graphic elements that I have developed to aid contemplation into the nature of consciousness.
Artist BioIn 2005 Dr. Pliny opened the Pliny Institute of Super Vision. He grew up in Salem, Oregon and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner, Lucinda, and two Dachshunds. Dr. Pliny graduated with honors from The Cooper Union, NYC. At different times of his life Dr. Pliny has Dr. Bob Pliny has been making art his entire life. Most of the time the artwork produced by Dr. Bob Pliny features pen and ink and fine brush detail applied on layers of loosely applied acrylic paint. Gold leaf is sometimes used as well. The substrate is either paper or wood. Both surfaces are smooth enough to draw on that I'm able to use dip pens with India ink or liquid acrylic.