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Hand Lettered @ Abecedarian Gallery

If you are in the Denver area please come by and see my work in Hand Lettered at Abecedarian Gallery.

November 4 – December 17, 2011

Opening Reception November 4, 6-8pm

910 Santa Fe, #101, Denver, CO  80204

Abecedarian Gallery is a contemporary book arts gallery in Denver, Colorado. Alicia Bailey the owner asked me to participate in the Hand Lettered show after she saw my work at Plinth Gallery, Jonathan Kaplan being the amazing guy that he is said “No Problem.” So for the month of November my work is in two galleries in Denver. I’m thrilled to be in the show; I’ve always love book arts and have dabbled here and there in making books. But I’ve never felt they have been successful. I can’t wait to see the show!!

Here is the press release for the show and some links to some of the artists in Hand Lettered!

In this final show of the year, Abecedarian Gallery presents Hand Lettered, a group exhibition featuring artists whose works include hand lettered elements as either primary content or concept.

The exhibition was curated by gallery director Alicia Bailey and features work by Heidi Zednik, Jan Owen, Justin Quinn and Mamiko Ikeda alongside books and sculptures by seventeen other artists from throughout the United States, Germany and Argentina.

Heidi Zednik is represented by Abecedarian Gallery and has been included in several previous exhibits. Here exhibited are several works created particularly for this exhibition. A dual citizen Austrian/American Zednik uses both painting and original texts in her works on paper, her studio work a recognition that art can be a catalyst for beauty, for peace and for being still.

Maine artist Jan Owen has also been included in previous exhibitions at Abecedarian. Captivated by the gestures found in handwritten letters, she often works with texts written by others. More than marks made on specific surfaces, Owen’s work integrates surface with mark, which she does by working on translucent materials that are layered, or by weaving materials back into the original surface.

New to Abecedarian is Justin Quinn, a printmaker currently living in St. Cloud, MN, displaying both books and prints from his Moby Dick series. Quinn has altered Melville’s epic novel by changing all letters to the letter E, thus abstracting the text away from something that is read into something that is seen. Both a bound copy of the original graphite drawings, and a photocopy version installed on the wall will be on view, alongside an intaglio print.

Also new to the gallery is Mamiko Ikeda. Born in Tokyo, Mamiko has lived in Colorado since 1995. She learned Japanese calligraphy from her mother, master calligrapher Shotei Miura. Here are exhibited several monotypes with calligraphy, works created as a form of meditation, the brush movements reflecting her moods, feelings and thoughts and hand painted boxes, each containing hand-lettered and printed manga scrolls.

Hand Lettered also includes artists’ books by the following artists:

Carol Erickson (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Emily’s Trunk, a piece inspired by the writings of Emily Dickinson,

Carol EsAll Done But None, an edition book with each copy hand written with original watercolors and prints.

Cheryl Bailey/Deborah Henson (Denver/Longmont, Colorado) – A Manual for Future Departures, a collaborative multiple page scroll designed to hang on the wall mimicking a check list.

Danielle Feliciano (St Louis Park, Minnesota) Luminous a digitally printed abecedary of illuminated letters

Elizabeth McKee (Pasadena, Maryland) let it go a book work based on an e. e. cummings text of the same name

Ellen Wiener (Southold, New York) Even the Rain, a poem by Agha Shahid Ali in a lavishly painted and printed accordion book

Friedrich Kerksieck (Memphis, Tennessee) Abandoned Tales a letterpress book of text and illustrations reproduced via photopolymer plates and utilizing both hand drawn and digitally typeset text.

Jennifer Hines (Chicago, Illinois) Kneel, a mixed media accordion with a body relief print and handwriting

Kristen Catlett – Booneville, Arkansas, Alphabook: A Celebration of Letters, a book letterpress printed from hand drawn linocuts.

Marí Emily Bohley (Dresden, Germany) Hoar Frost, Hanging in Time, accordion books an elegant use of natural materials along with The Book of Silence a codex incorporating hand-written translations of various words.

Marina Soria (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Winter and Autumn, two puzzle books that allow viewer re-arrangement of the pages

Stephen Sidelinger – (Venice, Florida) Baudelaire Prose Poems Book 1&2 – two lavishly illustrated books with hand calligraphy and illuminations, each with 26 poems.

Sun Young Kang – (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) The Way To Be Empty 2 is composed of 108 small boxes set within 5 larger boxes. Each small box has a character hand burned into the cover with incense.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord (Newburyport, Massachusetts) Words for the Journey, a fan book with one one line quotations from various well known authors.

Turner Hilliker (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Velvet Vacuums and Epic Moments of Personal Failure are both digital reprints of hand lettered works.

As well as works by by

E. Brooke Lanier (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Veiled Threat, Sincerely and Caveat modestly scaled wall works with troubling messages

Connie Norman (Cheyenne, Wyoming) a selection of ceramic vessels incorporating repeating messages alongside stenciled glazed designs.

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