Columbia College Chicago

Wood Type Evolved

Dafi Kühne in his studio.

Experimental Letterpress & Relief Printing in the 21st Century
Curated by April Sheridan and Nick Sherman
Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, December 10, 2011

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Wood Type, Evolved
defines a global, burgeoning mode of activity in which contemporary artists are producing artwork through the development of new experimental printing techniques based on traditional letterpress materials—particularly wood type.

Why wood type, why now?  While the widespread industrial production of wood type dates from 1827 into the late 1970s, a recent resurgence in letterpress printing combined with the increasing availability of commercially “obsolete” production equipment has created room for dialogue and opportunity.  This has fueled experimentation in artist studios, presses and print shops around the world. 

Through the display of artwork and examples of printing surfaces, Wood Type, Evolved will also reveal how laser cut, hand engraved, acrylic and otherwise manipulated types are becoming ways to engage a traditional style exemplified by wood type through contemporary fabrication techniques.

April Sheridan explains a wood type project

The exhibition includes projects by David Wolske, Dafi Kühne, Bethany Heck, Brad Vetter, Alex Cooper, Rose Gridneff and David Shields, and expermental films by Judith Poirier and Barbara Tetenbaum.

Posters and broadsides on view by Celene Aubry, Bryan Baker, Kirk Benson, Christof Buchwalder, Martha Chiplis, Lauren Dickens and Ayham Ghraowi, Jennifer Farrell (Starshaped Press), Eric  Woods  (The Firecracker Press), Chris Fritton, Rick Griffith, Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Romano Hanni, M. Casey McGarr (Inky Lips Press), Monica Majewski, Geri McCormick, Bill Moran (Blinc Publishing), Kim Neiman, David W. Peat, Bethany Rahn, Vida Sacic, Cathie Ruggie Saunders, Virgil Scott, David Shields, Rick Von Holdt, Meredith R. Winer, David Wolske, Tony Zanne, and Karen Zimmerman.



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