handgebonden kunstenaarsboeken, hand-bound artist's-books / des livres d'artists / handgebundene Künstler-Bücher / Mahler-Bücher
VILNIUS EUROPEAN CULTURAL CAPITAL 2009
'an artist's-book is a book made by an artist, from idea till execution',
just as a(n artist's) painting is a painting that has been - concept till finish - 'done' by the artist.
I like to think that works of art have something of a solid core, a meaning that gives them their special shape, rather than belonging to a specific genre would decide for the artist what shape his inner-story should reveal itself in to.
The work of an original (and 'original' should be superfluous as without being authentic and therefore original there is no such thing) artist cannot be but fundamental researche.
I'm afraid I have to disagree there, for that is pretty much like the statement: 'beton-brut is the beginning of architecture',
or, for that matter: 'poor-man's-art is the beginning of the free arts'.
For all I care (and I care a lot) the first artist's-books in Europe are beginning to see the light with the brothers Limburg,
or rather more the private breviaries that inspired the Duc de Berry to invite the brothers Limburg to make him a unique and especially fine example of this kind of breviary - the medieval book of hours.
One may very well have a point when argueing that, quite so, the book of the brothers Limburg is not an artist's-book with that good reason that it lacks the fundamental originality that such books should have in the first place.
So on to: The discourse.
ideas on 'Printing Traditions in The Netherlands'
(front page of 'Arts for Lithuania")
Things we must look into during, before, and after the hands-on workshop:
At this moment these pages are developing, as such they are far from ready!
Claus Uwe Heinrich, one of Europe's great modern bookbinders, creative power and organizing spirits behind 'Drucktopf' - a series of artist's cookery books - says: "You may send me pages in one inch carrara marble as long as you include the hinges"
The group of 15 students in my workshop will make a book-like-object that is somehow an artist's-book in an edition large enough for each member of the group to have 1 copy, plus 6 for organizers' archives & sponsors (at this moment: The Academy's Archive in Vilnius, The Academy's Archive in Zwolle, Atelier It Plein 19 in Easterlittens; Drukkerij Douma Dokkum in Dokkum; Fries Grafisch Museum in Joure; The Bokartas Archive in Vilnius); that were an edition of 21 / let us be safe, and say 25 in order to have exemples for the exhibitions.
Results will be shown / exhibited in Vilnius at the end of the course,
and in January in the Fries Grafisch Museum, Joure, The Netherlands.
as are the photographs; the actual pages have been created and done by the artist himself.
INDEX of Joseph Joh'n' Visser's Pages