By Art Hazelwood
San Francisco: Art Hazelwood, 2010. Edition of 30.
All linocuts were done in the last two years of the Bush Administration.
Art Hazelwood: "At the beginning of the Iraq war it seemed like a bad idea. At the end of George W. Bush's final term in office it was a bad idea that had fossilized. This bound set of prints is the bookend to Hubris Corpulentus, a series of engravings done in the first year of the war. Into Iraq consists of small linocut prints each one more full of bile than the previous. The subjects range from the battlefield to the media, to the neocons and the Congressional enablers in Washington. Oil Flag, Patriotic Tune, Sacrifice of Liberty, The President in his Labyrinth are some of the titles.
"These linocuts were all created in the last years of the Bush administration. Several were used as the basis for posters. In the last months of the Administration during the 2008 elections the whole series was exhibited in Oakland at the now defunct Front Gallery. It took from that time to the present to print and bind the thirty books. But it is a good time for us to recall George W. Bush. It is a good time to recall the path that led the country on its downward cycle. It is a good time lest we think he or his ilk have disappeared or worse that they have any good ideas at all."
9.75 x 8.5"; 36 pages. Accordion fold with two foldout pages. 34 linocut prints with linocut-printed titles. Decorative end sheets. Paper binding. Edition in three different papers: 21 of Mohawk Superfine with BFK grey cover; 3 of Torinoko with BFK cream cover; 6 of Whatman Print Paper with BFK cream cover. Signed and numbered by the artist.