1997 Book FOR[U]MS
BOOK ARTIST SPEAKER SERIES
September 26, 1997Hand letterpress printers, printmakers, papermakers, book designers, book binders, and miniature-book artists, this well-established book making couple have been making limited edition publications for over twenty years under their own names and under their former imprint, Good Book Press. Their simple, intimate, and elegant work is based on well-developed artistic and theoretical foundations. Both have been strongly influenced by their close relationship with the poet and printer William Everson. Their 1995 presentation of Everson's The Tarantella Rose is featured in the exhibition, Shape-Shifting: Transformations in the Art of the Book, on view in the Golda Meir Library's Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery through October 20. Peter and Donna Thomas will also be offering a public weekend workshop on making miniature books at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, September 27-28.
October 13, 1997Margaret Sunday is a printmaker, book artist, assistant professor of art at the University of Northern Colorado, and curator of the exhibition, Shape-Shifting: Transformations in the Art of the Book. She trained at UW-Madison with the artist and master printer Walter Hamady, and at the University of Iowa with Kim Merker. She is proprietor of Caddis Case Press, and has received critical recognition for her own book, Words of the Teacher, and for her wood engravings in the recent publication of Joel Oppenheimer's New Hampshire Journal from Walter Hamady's Perishable Press. She also received acclaim for the wood engravings in the Iowa Center for the Book's magnificent presentation of Amy Clampitt's Manhattan.
October 20, 1997Martha Carothers is a letterpress printer, book artist, papermaker, teacher, scholar, book arts theorist, and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Delaware. Through her imprint The Post Press, with facilities and equipment resurrected from a local newspaper publishing house, Ms. Carothers produces witty, ironic, and sculptural conceptual pieces in small editions. Her book Good War, Bad Peace, also on view in the Shape Shifting exhibition, was derived from the local newspaper's 1960s photoengraved plates of local military townspeople. Martha Carothers lectures and exhibits widely, and she will discuss her own work, the book format as a venue for self-expression, and the process of teaching others the art and craft of the book in an academic setting.
November 3, 1997Leslie Bellevance is a photographer, book artist, and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She will discuss her recently completed book, Analemmic, a project conducted in collaboration with Nexus Press, Atlanta. Through a continuous landscape electronically constructed from found photographic backdrops and documented gardens, Bellevance offers the viewer a journey through imagery as a narrative timepiece. This unique book structure incorporates a visual narrator who accompanies the reader along an ocular timeline punctuated by bookmarks printed with lists of life's regrets. This allows for the displacement of the written words providing infinite variations of interpretation. Analemmic was produced through an experimental use of electronic imaging and offset lithography.
Book FOR[U]MS is a guest speaker series dedicated to bringing artists, printers, designers, papermakers, binders and other practitioners of the arts of the book to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to offer public presentations about their work and discuss the significance of the book arts as a form and forum for self-expression. During their visits they will also participate in the Book Arts Workshop course in the UWM Art Department. This program is co-sponsored by the Golda Meir Library, Friends of the Golda Meir Library, FenWood Imprints, and the UWM Art Department.
For more information, contact Max Yela, Special Collections, Golda Meir Library, (414) 229-4345; or Richard Zauft, Director FenWood Imprints, UWM Art Department, (414) 229-6934.
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