Codex 2013 is this week! We’ll be at table # 144 from Sunday, February 10th to Wednesday, February 13th at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. Held every two years, CODEX brings together the finest in contemporary artist books, typographic prints, and fine printing. Over 175 organizations and artists will be represented at the fair, including the Center for Book Arts.
Here’s more info on some of the works we’ll be featuring at our table, works by artist members of the Center:
Artist Roni Gross and her husband Peter Schell collaborate as Z’roah Press; their publication The Night Hunter seeks to give the reader not only the visual experience of a book, but a chance to engage with the text on a tactile, experiential level. The text is a pantoum by Nancy Campbell – based on her residency on a remote island off the coast of Greenland in the winter of 2010. The structure of the book is a palm leaf, with drift wood covers, dogbane cordage and soapstone closure.
Th e deluxe edition is accompanied by a carved wooden board with a rawhide pouch nestled into the top. The pouch holds objects of carved soapstone, a horse bone, and a piece of metal shaped like a primitive knife.By holding these pieces and placing in the depressions on the board, the reader can participate in the telling of the story.
Roni Gross is a book artist who trained first as a musician and then as a choreographer. She is interested in the theater of the book, it’s pacing, the music of language, and the resonance of color. She has been issuing multiples for 22 years under the imprint Zitouna, and limited edition letterpress printed books which are collaborations with the sculptor Peter Schell under the press name Z’roah. You can see more of her work on her website, www.ronigross.com
Member Teresa Pankratz is an interdisciplinary book and paper artist whose work explores the relationship of the human being to familiar, domestic objects and lost sheltering spaces. She employs the mediums of printmaking, bookbinding, sculpture, writing and performance in the creation of both one-of-a-kind and small editioned narrative sculpture and artist books.
She says about her work:
I employ writing, print media (digital, letterpress, intaglio, relief), bookbinding, sculpture and paper engineering techniques to draw the viewer into a newly crafted reality. Found and handmade objects can wear narrative labels, open like books to reveal inner stories, and become wrapped up in words — in this reality, it might be possible to take a second look and read the familiar in a new way, encountering, perhaps, a moment of transformative potential.
You can see more of her work on her site: http://www.teresapankratz.com/
Please visit us at the fair this week and view their work! For more information about the fair, including hours, admission prices, and subway directions, visit their website.