Oddballs - the Remarkable True Stories of Forty Unique, Strange, Peculiar, Extraordinary & Generally Odd People, Told in Prose and Wood Engravings
Jim Westergard, Barry Moser
Oddballs, a collection of 40 wood engravings of (in) famous people from throughout history, by Jim Westergard, was issued in October 2011 as 30 numbered copies plus five hors de commers. Set in Dante and Dante Titling, printed at Heavenly Monkey in a binding by Claudia Cohen, contrary to the original prospectus. While Rolin Millroy, Heavenly Monkey insisted it wasn't part of the design, the book comes in the attractive translucent Heavenly Monkey spiderweb dust-wrapper. A Very Fine and exceptional copy;
"The very darkness in the heart of the [wood engraving] medium seems to spawn darkness in the images it yields. One thinks of the engravings of Blake and Baskin. My own work too, seems informed, whether I wish it or not, by the medium's brooding darkness. ".
Between 2005 and 2009, Jim Westergard created a series of 40 wood engravings of curious and infamous historical personages, all with his characteristic combination of technical mastery and mischief.