Warren Lehrer

A book by Warren Lehrer,
based on weavings by Sandra Brownlee, with chants and stories by Dennis Bernstein.
Published 1988, Ear/Say books.
7 x 7.5” x 464 pages. Printed offset lithography in dozens of colors on Mohawk Superfine, an acid free paper. Published as a softcover trade edition of 700 copies, and a boxed-hardcover deluxe edition of 15 copies with original tipped-in weaving by Sandra Brownlee and inset trash-can copy by Leonard Seastone. Pre-press work by Phil Zimmermann. Printed by Lori Spencer at the Center for Editions at SUNY Purchase.

GRRRHHHH: a study of social patterns is a 464 page extended visual fugue based on the long forgotten but pivotal animals of the earth, first discovered between the warp and weft of the hand loom of artist/weaver Sandra Brownlee. After scanning Sandra’s eight “Unusual Animals” weavings (and some of her drawings that led up to the weavings) into a computer-paint program (as it was called at the time), as well as collaging, drawing, and sequential imagemaking, the stories of the animals began to animate themselves to Lehrer in odd and mysterious ways. The book, divided into six movements, illuminates the evolutionary and social patterns of these mythological creatures, beginning with the birth of the universe as we know it, the formation or creation of the first animal Grrrhhhh, a rather dog-like creature, and ending with the question of cohabitation (survival) or mutual destruction. Meet the first underwater creature Walazool, the first birds Theasia and Uniliv, and the nomadic land-based Roka clan with their golden rods. Also, read a near-definitive list of animal expressions from albatross around his neck to worming his way out of it; as well as chants and stories by Dennis Bernstein, aided by a complete glossary of newly discovered words and phrases.

ISBN: 0-9613871 1-4
Out of print. collector’s copies available
BUY NOW Rare Collector’s copies of the Paperback available- pristine @ $500.
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sample spreads

from movement 1: A Zenocracy of Pre-Thumb Thought. (Birth of the universe/formation of the first animal Grrrhhhh, a rather dog-like creature.) Each of the five 12 page signatures in this movement are printed in a different darkish color. 

High contrast thumbnails of 1st movement spreads gives a sense of the visual narrative/cinematic qualities.

Two spreads from the 2nd movement: The Fluency of Bashara. (First underwater creature, Walazool.) Printed in two colors.

Some spreads from the 3rd movement: Faunaluvious in Athenasia. (First two birds, Theasia and Uniliv.) Printed in two colors.

Some spreads from Building a Bridge Between Tremors: (The first land mammal, Roka, a nomadic golden clan.) Printed in a green, a purple, and two passes of a golden bronze.

Some spreads from Ontogeny of Beastial Inclinations: (The use of animals as symbols of human experience and cosmology, including a near definitive list of animals expressions.) Printed in black.

Some spreads from the last movement, Flux of Ubiquitous Intentions: (a look at a multitude of earthy animals, peaceful and predatory patterns, sacrifice, nitrogen cycle, co-existence and/or extinction.) Printed in many colors, including a split fountain of forest green to a rusty red, also using a combination of “plates” from previous movements.

Left: Boxed edition with handwoven cloth on cover, tipped-in original weaving, and trash-can copy. Right softcover edition.

postcard for event with GRRRHHHH dance choreographed by Janet Bogardus. Below, original prospectus.