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[BKARTS] In Flight - Latest Guild of Book Workers exhibit now online - Catalog Available



In Flight, the latest Guild of Book Workers exhibit is now online. The
exhibition can be viewed at
<http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw/gallery/inflight>. A fully
illustrated and very handsomely produced catalog is available. You can
order your own copy of this catalog for $25.00 plus $3.85 for shipping.
There are also a limited number of unbound copies, available with the
cover, for $22.00 plus $3.85 for shipping.

Introduction from the catalog:

Less than three years after Orville & Wilbur Wright made their first
successful flight in 1903, the Guild of Book Workers was founded in New
York City. After witnessing nearly a century of aviation progress, the
Guild has joined the centennial celebrations by selecting the theme, In
Flight, for its 2003 -2005 Triennial Exhibition.

The term "in flight" has multiple meanings in our language and, as an
exhibition theme, it has inspired a broad interpretation, not limited to
aeronautics or aviation history. The beauty of flight in nature is
explored, as well as whimsical flights of fancy and fantasy; or by
contrast, the definition of flight as fleeing from danger and escape.

The fifty-four works featured in this juried exhibition, made by GBW
members, represent a diverse range of the book related arts, including fine
leather binding, box work, letterpress printing, calligraphy, broadside
posters, and, most popular in this exhibition, the creation of artists'
books. When viewing the GBW In Flight exhibition, the question may arise:
"What defines a book?" Is it more than the familiar gathering of folded and
bound pages, that we call a book -- a concept, or a visual story told
sequentially in a tactile manner?

A focus on the content and its execution is apparent is these book works.
Beginning with the written word, a variety of applications have been used
to present the text, such as handset letterpress printed type; hand
lettering or calligraphy; text printed from polymer plates, allowing the
use of computer generated typography; and the adaptation of modern inkjet
and laser printing technology as a contemporary art medium. The text is
combined with illustration created by painting, photography, collage, as
intaglio images and monoprints, or by the popular use of "pochoir", the
French technique of stenciling. Various binding styles have been employed
to contain these texts from the traditional, sewn, codex format book, to
multiple approaches to the accordion based structure.

While the advancement of aviation during the 20th century is unparalleled,
the ability to fly has effected the Guild of Book Workers and stimulated
grown to ten regional chapters. Flight has brought GBW members physically
together, to gather at annual meetings and to exchange techniques. And it
is through flight, the Guild of Book Workers In Flight exhibition is able
to take off, to reach viewers in destinations nationwide.

Priscilla A. Spitler
GBW In Flight Exhibit Chair

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