the Art of the Lie: Group Specs Updated 07/17

Virginia Arts of the Book Center

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Pinocchio by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910)

This year’s Annual Member’s Project has been updated.
As the project evolves we’ll be revising this page.
Next meeting to discuss the project will be scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30 PM.

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Just a reminder that VABC membership is a requirement for participation…
You’ll need to visit for renewal details. 

This post will also be used for project management and communication.
Participants should freely add their questions, suggestions, and comments to the discussion area.

2071 VABC Annual Member’s Project (updated 07/17/2017)
Please note changes to both “Pack of Lies” and general project specifications

Project title: The Art of the Lie

This year’s project has two major components consisting of

  • Various individual components created by an artist
  • A Pack of Lies, a card deck produced by 4 teams of participants. (members, without regard to skill level, are encouraged to join in)

The Pack of Lies: Organizational Details
As a part of our investigation of “The Art of the Lie,” VABC members will create a playing deck of 52 cards (The Pack of Lies) in four “suits”—with each suit being a subsection of the Pack.

  • Teams organize around suits
  • Project participants will join at least one of the four teams (groups) 
  • Each member who participates in the creation of two cards (or card back printing and one other card) will receive a full deck.
  • Teams will meet in late July to refine their suit concept and assign cards within the suit to team members—watch for meeting announcements
  • Four groups (teams) will create 13 cards per suit
    • Conundra, Distractions, and Fallacies – Kevin’s team –  Paradoxes and contradictory statements – pip: bangs
    • From Dante’s eighth circle has 13 kinds of sinner – Richard’s team – seducers, panderers, flatterers, those who are guilty of selling indulgences, sorcerers, false prophets, corrupt politicians, hypocrites, thieves, advisers, alchemists, perjurers, and counterfeits. – pip: arrows
    • Hoaxes – Bonnie – delineate some of the great hoaxes and cons – pip: flowers
    • Types of Lies –Garrett, (see Wikipedia list – pip: stars

If you have an interest in joining one (or more) teams please contact Garrett at

The Pack of Lies: Production Details

  • Deck consists of 52 cards plus Joker
    • Each suit organizes 13 card elements A,K,Q,J,10,9,8,7, etc
  • Card size 3.5″ x 5.0″
    • Card Stock: Classic Crest Cover,130lb, Eggshell, Antique Grey,
  • Card Backs (common to full deck)
    • Prepared multiple-up for printing like Infinite StakesCard Fronts (Number and Face Cards)
  • Card Fronts
    • Common suit elements
      • Pips, Numbers, and Letters
        • Pips (dots on cards) are represented either in a drawing or by a printed dingbat on the card (this is known as a transformation deck)
        • The suit pips are arrows, exclamation marks, flowers, and stars. (question marks? other? TBD)
        • Suit pip and card # appear on upper left and lower right of each card (see traditional deck for placement)
        • Suit pip and card # printed in gray and lighter gray (grey color specific TBD)
        • Common font for numbers and letters (TBD)
    • Unique suit elements
      • Other than common elements, each group decides what components or ideas will go on each of the 13 cards
      • Trim, Bleeds, Inset TBD by team leaders (note printing/trimming limitations!)

The Art of the Lie: Project Specifications (with exception of card deck size applies to The Pack of Lies card deck and individual artists work)

  • All elements 5”x7” (we have sample folds and forms)
    • Elements must fold/lay flat a book is OK  if it is flat
  • Matching card, cover, and text weights
    • Grey stock if possible, otherwise white
    • Suggestion of possible use transparent of stock under consideration (TBD)
    • Cardstock to be “card like in weight”
  • INK: PMS Grey (some use on each page, minimum amount TBD)
    • PMS 431 has been suggested
      • Grey ink can ONLY be mixed with opaque or transparent white
    • Individual projects may look for their own color schemes, especially if disparate elements (like loose cards) to unify parts of project
      •  Must include element of gray ink
      • 100% black or 100% white OK
  • Edition size
    • 50-60 range for card deck
    • 20 for individual components
    • Packaging for card deck and “full edition” (TBD)

The Art of the Lie:  Individual Projects (Proposed)

  • “Cave of Shadows” tunnel book (Bonnie)
  • Numbers Don’t Lie (Kevin)
  • False proscriptions (Richard)
  • Make Atwood Fiction Again (Richard)
  • Binary code (Lucas)
  • Confirmation bias (Lucas)
  • Illusion of Self (Kristin)
  • Erasure (Katie and Amira)
  • Difference between Lies and BS (Garrett)
  • Word Cloud (Garrett)
  • Yellow-Blue-Green dot dispersion (Garrett)
  • Textual Torque (Nancy)
  • Lies One Tells (Nancy)


11 Comments on “the Art of the Lie: Group Specs Updated 07/17”

  1. Garrett Queen Post author

    Your thoughts, musings, and ramblings are welcome as they pertain to the VABC’s 2017 Members Project.
    To better, keep all participants “in the loop” you’re encouraged to use this forum for project related discussion.
    Please remember that this is a public moderated forum so there may be a delay in the time between your posting and its appearance on the blog

  2. Kristin

    “On the Fifth Day” by Jane Hirshfield

    On the fifth day
    the scientists who studied the rivers
    were forbidden to speak
    or to study the rivers.
    The scientists who studied the air
    were told not to speak of the air,
    and the ones who worked for the farmers
    were silenced,
    and the ones who worked for the bees.
    Someone, from deep in the Badlands,
    began posting facts.
    The facts were told not to speak
    and were taken away.
    The facts, surprised to be taken, were silent.
    Now it was only the rivers
    that spoke of the rivers,
    and only the wind that spoke of its bees,
    while the unpausing factual buds of the fruit trees
    continued to move toward their fruit.
    The silence spoke loudly of silence,
    and the rivers kept speaking,
    of rivers, of boulders and air.
    Bound to gravity, earless and tongueless,
    the untested rivers kept speaking.
    Bus drivers, shelf stockers,
    code writers, machinists, accountants,
    lab techs, cellists kept speaking.
    They spoke, the fifth day,
    of silence.

  3. Kevin McFadden

    “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the inverse is also true: A word is worth a thousand pictures. If I say “bear,” you might picture a grizzly or a black bear, a polar bear, a panda bear, a burden of weight or stress (“more than I can bear”), or even a cartoon or plush toy (like the Care Bears).

    This slippery, imprecise quality of words was a serious concern for scientists in the mid-17th century. In the midst of the Scientific Revolution, natural philosophers (as they were called at the time) were still figuring out which methodological practices could be considered reliable, and visual observation was considered the ultimate in reliability. Images were thought to show the truth of nature, or what the U.K. Royal Society historian Thomas Sprat called ‘a bare knowledge of things.’”

    1. Jennifer Wingard

      I’m conjuring up an evolution of thought, images of spirits and humours and hand drawn anatomy figures from the 1800s interacting with each other somehow, as well as abstract shapes that produce a ‘Voynich manuscript’ of modern day or even futuristic knowledge.

  4. Annie

    This discussion makes me think about Western musical notation. In the musical score: facts transcribed in image, the grammar of a future performance immaculately preserved but silent and paperbound, each actual performance more or less “faithful.” Music for the Chinese guqin (a kind of zither), on the other hand, looks like a sheet of prose. Performers rely heavily on oral tradition and fake books that use Western musical notation to approximate pitch, rhythm, and duration.

  5. Bonnie Bernstein

    Found a large old records (file) box, vintage 1950s, made by a company in Staunton in a junk antique mall — it might make an interesting model for the Art/Fact archive box. I’ll bring it to the meeting on the 10th.

  6. Richard

    Thinking about my contribution, I’ve returned to two texts: Oscar Wilde’s essay “The Decay of Lying” and the the eighth circle of Dante’s vision of hell, the circle in which he places (to name a few) falsifiers, sowers of discord, hypocrites, flatterers, and panderers.

  7. Michael

    My contribution will be a response to a phrase attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” [Full disclosure: I’ve just completed 4 semesters of graduate level statistics and I believe there is sufficient evidence to support Disraeli’s hypothesis.]

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