In a world of tablets and online publications, we're quick to overlook the art of handset type.
Leave it to Jon Beacham to remind us. The bookmaker and visual artist has been fighting the Kindle tide with first edition poetry collections, letterpress ephemera and telegraphic collages sold in his full-service print shop, The Brother in Elysium. Though he's only a shade over 30, Beacham does things the old-fashioned way: He doesn't keep a computer in his office and prints exclusively on a salvaged Vandercook from the 1950s.
While you can admire his curiosities in the MoMA, Brown and Yale University libraries, we're building our own Beacham collection with his new correspondence service. For $125, he'll mail you five pieces of art throughout the course of a year (postage included). The small works--which are never repeated--range from reprinted poetry and small press books to original collages and handprinted 16-millimeter film stills.
Beacham maintains careful track of his mailings, but he likes to keep the delivery schedule under wraps. Fine by us: We can't wait to be surprised by one of his beautifully detailed prints among our bills and magazines.
To subscribe, mail payment and address details to Jon Beacham, 190 Bedford Ave., #228, Brooklyn, New York 11249. For more information, go to thebrotherinelysium.com