Near To The Place Where They Should Meet

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Near To The Place Where They Should Meet 

Paintings and drawings by Timothy C. Ely & Ian H. Boyden 

Co-published by Planetary Collage (Colfax, Washington) and Crab Quill Press (Walla Walla, Washington), 2005

Edition of two unique volumes


Near To the Place Where They Should Meet is a collaborative, manuscript book that contemplates aspects of "numinous geometry"—the articulation of spirit-using line, sigil, and fluid dynamics. The images were produced as a series of exchanges over the course of several months, with one artist making a set of marks to trigger the other's response. The individual drawings reflect both artists' interests in pigments and the pigments' carriers, as well as the ways these interactions find analogues in psychological experience. The artists explore the variety and magnitudes of blacks, as well as dreamlike reactions among the minerals and iron compounds. Two volumes of this hand-painted book were produced.


Title pages were designed and printed by Ian Boyden. The binding is a Planetary Collage standard drum-leaf binding with a polished goatskin spine and paulonia boards. The books measure 19 x 13 inches. The fore-edges of the boards remain untrimmed and out of square, maintaining the elegant edge of the original tree. The books and boxes were made at Crab Quill Press in Walla Walla, Washington and at Planetary Collage, Colfax, Washington during a span of ten months in 2004 and 2005.


Box dimensions: 20 x 14 x 1.5 inches. Book dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1 inches.

Constellations of Humanity

Each luminous dot on this map represents one reader of this poem. As the number of readers increases, the stars begin to cluster and form an increasingly detailed constellation. My intent is to show how brightly a poem glows across our world. I welcome your light.

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