Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Forty Years #24: Concord Quotes

While it didn't seem like it at the time, this 1983 exhibit was in some ways the high point of my calligraphic work before I moved on to books in 1988. Then, I thought it was the beginning of a new chapter of creating series of work using authors or texts that fit together in some way. I used everything I had at my disposal—lettering style, paper, color, design—to put forward my interpretation of the text. My intention was to enhance the viewer's experience of the words and everything I did was in service of them. As time went on, my ambitions changed. I no longer wanted to be the interpreter; I wanted to the creator. The images from old, scratchy slides are less than ideal but do get the point across.
Automatic pen and gouache
White-out poured from bottle with gouache lettering
Black and red sumi ink

Automatic pen, turquoise and brown inks
Abstract marks with gathered reed and gouache
beans lettered with toothbrush and gouache
Lettering with automatic pen and gouache, 
Blueberry stamped at end of flourish on n

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