Born in Wisconsin, Jim Knipfel was a staff writer at the now-defunct weekly alternative newspaper New York Press for thirteen years, where wrote the long-running and popular "Slackjaw" column, a cynical, misanthropic look at daily life. He is the author of ten books, including Slackjaw, …
Gyromancy (Limited Edition, Handcrafted)
This handcrafted edition of Rob A.A. Lowe and Rose Lazar's Gyromancy is limited to 100 copies and features hand-stitched cloth "carrying case" and unique hand-painted covers.
gyromancy n. : fortune telling by walking in a circle until dizzy; the fortune is determined by where the person falls.
The latest in Thrill Jockey's series of limited edition book + CD packages. Gyromancy is a 4” x 6” soft cover perfect-bound book featuring artwork from Robert A.A. Lowe and Rose Lazar. Included with the book is a special 3” CD featuring the music of Robert A.A. Lowe.
Robert Lowe was a member of the band 90 Day Men and currently plays music under the name Lichens. He is an absolute fixture in the Chicago music and arts community. Rose Lazar runs her own hand-printed goods company called The Great Lakes Goods.
Gyromancy looks at future past, neo antiquity, ritual magic, and patterning. The book represents a dream walk through nature and all of it’s influences. Repetition of imagery keeps you aware of the cyclical patterns that nature presents us with. We get caught up in these patterns without noticing them, to the point that you have to stop and take a harder look. Gyromancy is an attempt at taking a harder look.
The music composed to accompany the images in the book is there to do just that. To add yet another dimension to the world that inhabits it’s pages.
The music was created at home through organic synthesis, which projects a science fiction aspect into the natural magical aesthetic, producing an alien landscape which we are familiar with.