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www.codexfoundation.org: " The Codex Foundation exists to preserve and promote the hand-made book as a work of art in the broadest possible context and to bring to public recognition the artists, the craftsmanship, and the rich history of the civilization of the book."

CODEX V will be February 8 - 11, 2015 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. http://www.codexfoundation.org/book-fair/public-book-fair

   
Alchimie du verbe, assembling
By Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler, Victoria Bean, Karen Bleitz, Carolee Campbell, Aaron Cohick, Crispin & Jan Elsted, Nacho Gallardo, Martha Hellion, Sarah Horowitz, Mikhail Karasik, Peter Rutledge Koch, Patricia Lagarde, Clemens-Tobias Lange, Alan Loney, Peter Malutzki & Ines von Ketelhodt, Russell Maret, Rick Myers, Didier Mutel, Robin Price, Harry Reese & Sandra Liddell Reese, Dmitry Sayenko, Veronika Schapers, Gaylord Schanilec, Johannes Strugalla & Francoise Despalles, Richard Wagener, and Sam Winston.
San Francisco: Codex Foundation, 2015. Edition: thirty copies hors de commerce for distribution to the participants; 24 number copies offered for sale.

Box 8.75" x 12.5" x 2.25". Printed pieces: roughly 8.25 x 11.75". The printed works include: letterpress, screen print, hand-set type, photopolymer, wood type, silver-gelatin, intaglio, inkjet, and wood engraving. Papers: vintage Barcham Green, Zerkall, and Magnani. From handmade to industrial; gossamer-thin to heavy-weight; kozo, cotton, and more. The designs range from broadsides to chapbooks to folded folios. Each work is wrapped in Kawashi paper donated by Hiromi Paper. The complete set is housed in a quarter-leather box from John DeMerritt Bookbinder.

The Codex Foundation: "In celebration of the 5th CODEX Symposium, the 10th anniversary of the CODEX Foundation, and the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius - we are pleased to announce Alchimie du Verbe, the first ever CODEX Assembly-Exchange, a carefully curated collection of printed works from some of the finest book artists and printers in the world.

"From the earliest written record there have been instances of allegorical figures, shaped language, secret codes, and philosophical alphabets. We have seen the brilliant De laudibus sanctae crucis of Hrabanus Maurus in the 9th century and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili in the 15th century. In the last 150 years, Arthur Rimbaud's Alchimie du Verbe, Guillaume Apollinaire's Calligrammes, Brazilian concrete poetry, and the mesostics of John Cage are noted examples. In the present context, the artwork of Karen Bleitz, Martha Hellion, Russell Maret, and Harry and Sandra Reese, as illustrated in this brochure, are exemplary.

"The book as a spiritual instrument has long been associated with the ancient alchemical tradition of the transformation of self and matter. From the Utriusque Cosmi... of Robert Fludd in the 17th Century to the Neo Emblemata Nova of Daniel Kelm in the 21st, the alchemist has remained a vital metaphor in understanding the works of the creative imagination.

"The pieces within this modern Alchimie du Verbe range from traditional private press and playful typographic experimentation to contemporary avant-garde. In other words - a collection truly representative of the CODEX bibliosphere - presenting an international and inclusive view of the book arts as practiced by some of the finest artist-printers working in the field. The symbolic imagination is a constant force in the art and thought of all ages and cultures. In the spirit of the internal bibliosphere and the studium codex, we raise a glass to the typographic imagination and the poetical alphabet."

Alchimie du verbe = alchemy of the word; "Alchimie du verbe" a poem by Arthur Rimbaud. Assembling = a procedure for the transmission of art adopted from the Fluxus movement's practice of calling for artwork to be collected from and then redistributed to artists in bundles.
$3500 (8 copies remaining)


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Book Art Object 2
Second catalogue of the Codex Foundation biennial international book exhibition and symposium, Berkeley, 2011
edited by David Jury and Peter Rutledge Koch
Berkeley / Stanford: The CODEX Foundation/ Stanford University Libraries, 2013.

9.5 x 12"; 526 pages. Cloth covered boards with red title letters on front board and spine. In white dust jacket with red title letters on front cover.

Codex Foundation: "Book Art Object 2 includes a record of the third biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium: 'The Fate of the Art,' held in Berkeley, California, 2011. Codex events showcase contemporary artist books, fine press and fine art editions produced by the world’s most esteemed printers, designers, book artists, and artisans.

"This book contains 1133 images of 300 books by 140 artists/printers. Also presented is a selection of the papers delivered at the 2009 and 2011 symposia:

  • Paul van Capelleveen, The National Library of the Netherlands: Changing books: art and the contemporary Dutch private press book.
  • Antoine Coron, Head of Special Collections, Bibliothèque Nationale de France: Publishing artist books in France today.
  • David Jury, designer and printer: The depiction of books in books.
  • Ron King, artist: History and collaboration: Circle Press.
  • Peter Rutledge Koch, Printer: The third stream: A view from the West back to the East.
  • Juan Pascoe, Proprietor, Taller Martín Pescador, Michoacán: Presses in Mexico.
  • Richard Ovenden, keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director, Bodleian Library, Oxford: The role of the book arts in a 21st-century research library.

"There are also dispatches from renowned artists/printers/curators: Johannes Strugalla and Ulrike Stoltz: Germany; Jason Dewinetz: Canada; Des Cowley: Australia; Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden: United Kingdom; Sandro Berra: Italy."
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