German book artist Eckhard Froeschlin brings examples of his impressive collection of bound artist’s books to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Each book, curated by Eckhard’s very own artist’s press in Southern Germany, Edition Schwarze Seite, will be on display along with framed examples of unbound artist prints.
Text-based prints referencing traditional literature as well as contemporary writings are juxtaposed on the page with artists prints on each facing page, then bound together into unique books. These artist’s books under Eckhard’s direction begin with the commissioning of the visual elements by well-respected international printmakers. The images are editioned (printed multiple times by hand) and then sent to Eckhard who, using lead set type, prints the text alongside the imagery. Once all of the information is printed, the prints are then sent to be bound by a professional bookbinder.
This exhibition provides a glimpse into the inner-workings of creating artist books, a unique medium where intimate and thoughtful representations of text and image harmonize.
IMAGE: Edgar Allan Poe, THE RAVEN, Eight lihographs, two 2-page and one 3-page foldout, printed by James Reed, Letterpress handsetting from Bauer Bodoni semibold 16p and handprinting on a FAG proof press by Eckhard Froeschlin. 40 pages handbound by Roger Green, printed paper over board with embossed white parchment spine, solid printed box. 30 copies, 2018.