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Robin Price workshop in Utah

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  • Claire Taylor
    Please excuse cross posting: June 27–30, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00 Intensive Workshop: Guided by Chance Operations in Letterpress Artists’ Books
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 2012
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      June 27–30, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00
      Intensive Workshop: Guided by Chance Operations in Letterpress Artists’ Books
      Instructor: Robin Price
      Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
      Workshop fee: $320 plus materials fee

      Charting the course for chance, Robin Price, workshop muses, and the goddess Fortuna compel participants to generate fresh content for artists’ books. A readiness to embrace surprise, relinquish control, work within imposed constraints, and respond creatively to others’ work is the best preparation for this venture. Participants work collaboratively and solo, mixing ink, choice, and chance in (mostly) structured ways. An initial exercise results in a packet of letterpress-printed postcards. Then, with Chance at the helm, each participant completes a set of editioned sheets for a simple binding. Encounter tips on handset type composition and letterpress printing at ports along the voyage, along with brief demonstrations of heat-set collage, paper staining, and experimental printmaking techniques. Decisive navigation in a frequently changing field of potential and constraint directs the quest toward a serendipitous application of printed imagery, textual excerpts, and various hand applications.

      Robin Price is an artist, letterpress printer, and publisher whose work spans the fine press/artists’ books categories. The work of the press—under the umbrella of Robin Price, Publisher (formerly Lavender Armadillo Press)—has become a lifelong, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education, and her books are collected and exhibited internationally. “A chameleon among book artists” (Connell Gallagher, 2004), Price seeks out contemporary artists, writers, and artisans with whom to collaborate, striving for synergistic books, diverse in content and form. A wellspring of inspiration is the purposeful use of chance in creative work, especially as defined by John Cage; she has been lecturing and teaching specifically on that subject since 2002, when she co-curated an exhibition at Yale University Sterling Library, “By Chance: Serendipity and Randomness in Contemporary Artists’ Books.” The 25-year anniversary of her press was celebrated in 2010 with a traveling exhibition that originated at Wesleyan University Davison Art Center, Price holds a B.A. from Pomona College.

      For more information or to register: bookartsprogram@... or 801-585-9191



      Claire Taylor
      Studio Manager
      Book Arts Program
      J. Willard Marriott Library
      University of Utah
      www.bookartsprogram.org
      801.585.9191


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