October 2022, English, 5.5 x 15 in, 36 pages, letterpress cover, softcover
Edition of 300
Design: Linda Zeb Hang and Keith Graham
"Our collaborative project entitled Run O’ The River / Bitter Medicine is a printmaking odyssey and book expedition through psychedelic terrain. Visionary poems, drawings, schematic assemblages, instant aura-reading photographs and encoded glyphs congeal to reveal psychic and hypnagogic micro-climates. We offer a guided meditation, presented in media res, on the realization of simple truths—to open a window into a deeper relationship with our surroundings.
Visually, Run O’ The River / Bitter Medicine embeds hard-won esoteric knowledge in a mapping of internal landscapes. Drawing on personal experience and interaction with place, our interests collide creating ﬁssures, oblique intersections and ambiguous storytelling that both hides and reveals an intricately woven yet frayed environment. Using a direct but persistent devotional code we have reprogrammed our mark-making voices, working collaboratively and spontaneously, collecting and generating information to arrive at a knotty mixed-media synthesis.
In this moment, on the cusp of widening medicinal and recreational adoption of psilocybin, flexibility, instinct and intuition have been our chosen guides. Our tools are digital, machine age and ‘primitive.’
Within lies spacecraft language, two toilers’ take on no-zones cultivated through technical experimentation, not hesitating to get dirt under our ﬁngernails. Run O’ The River / Bitter Medicine sets out on a naturalist-adaptationist voyage into brutal, implacable terrain, as difﬁcult to subdue as the wind, piercing gaps in the gates of perception with pure oxygen."
— Linda Zeb Hang and Keith Graham
Keith Graham (he/him) is a visual artist who uses drawings, multiples, and handmade books to channel obsessions including the specifics of place, elegy, and observation of everyday details. Collaboration, pattern, and interaction between image and text have been central to recent projects. Originally from the Oregon High Desert, he is currently based in San Francisco.