Luis González Palma. Text by John Wood. Arena Editions, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1999. 152 pp. Quarto. First edition, first and only printing. No. 57 in a limited edition of 100 copies. Signed on the half-title page. Red linen cloth (no dust jacket for limited edition). Accompanied by an original 9 x 9 in. toned gelatin silver print, "The Critical Gaze, 1998" (shown at right, printed by González Palma with hand-applied bitumen coating (print is no. 57 of 100; hand-numbered and signed in pencil on verso). Enclosed in a die-cut four-point folio of heavy black paper. Full cloth clamshell box with debossed title.
"Guatemalan artist Luis González Palma has gained widespread recognition over the past decade for his photo-based portraits that are rich with the symbolism of indigenous myth and culture, Catholicism, and humanity. The figures that inhabit González Palma's mythic world--angels, devils, hybrid creatures, and enigmatic characters--transcend time and place, suggesting that mysticism and beauty are his ultimate subject matter. He has said, "I live in a country where there is mysticism and violence at the same time--where you are enjoying nature and the helicopters are flying overhead to bomb some region, where you know that as you are working, someone is being killed or someone is being baptized.