May 2017: This month, printed works from many of the artists who work at the Iota printshop are featured in two gallery shows on the North Coast.
130 Plaza St Healdsburg, CA
130 Plaza St Healdsburg, CA
A short recap from a recent lecture at NBLA by Brooke Holve:
When a book becomes an artist book, a transformation occurs in the process of making from its conventional form to another — a process than can be mysterious. What is the convention? The book?
Artists have challenged common assumptions about the nature of the book and its conventional form through the making of artist books. Some approaches to making artist books are:
Please join us for more upcoming NBLA events at the print shop in Sebastopol...
Comprised mostly of prints in frames, this show is a fine way to see the breadth of work being done on old letterpresses in the revived medium of hand-set metal & wooden type. Striking graphic pieces, poem broadsides, handmade books, posters, wordplay & alphabetic dreams…
The Opening Reception June 10th will feature an improvisational game of bandied words. Everyone gets apprized!
This summer there will be a show of letterpress art at the kitty hawk gallery of Sebastopol. Eleven artists who use the local printshop managed by the NBLA will have their wide-ranging work on display. Included are book art pieces; linocuts; collages; poetry books; posters… & some innovative printing not easily described.
The Iota Printshop is hosting a concert Friday March 18th by the chamber music group 'Alphabet Baroque Club'…which may not seem like a letterpress-related event. And it isn't. But there's a history here, and not just the one that goes back centuries. It's that the violinist Maria Caswell is an old friend of my family's. And that for fifty years I've had a fascination with the early baroque composers. Then there's the history of this ensemble: when they began practicing together they decided to work their way through the early Baroque composers from A to Z. When they had performances, they stayed with the idea and called themselves the ABC (Alphabet Baroque Club). They use original instruments of the era to retain the sonorities of the time.
When they had a venue cancel for March 18th, I had this feeling: our printshop is teeming with ABCs… our presses are over a hundred years old and one of them is in the lineage of the Fifteenth century printers…we adhere to the old one-letter-at-a-time method invented by Gutenberg…our printing is like chamber work, usually passed amongst less than a hundred people, rather than published in the thousands … & it felt to me like: this is Resonant! This has to happen, not just because I know Maria or I have this old interest in early Baroque.
These instruments, these tonalities…they will vibrate amongst our old presses and wooden alphabets…and echo our own fascination with an older practice of art that was intimate & beautiful.