This Friday, October 26, 2012, at 6:30pm, Kitty Maryatt will offer visitors to the Center for Book Arts a lecture entitled “Interrogating Book Structure.” Maryatt has been selected as the 2012 Masters Faculty Fellow, and will be teaching a master class this coming weekend in addition to the lecture. As Director of the Scripps College Press and Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College in Claremont, California, Maryatt teaches “Typography and the Book Arts”, a course which allows students to engage in every step of the book production process, and eventually yields about 100 limited edition copies of a collaborative text. Marayatt also owns Two Hands Press in Playa Vista. There she prints books and produces bookbindings for clients, while conducting her own calligraphic work. In addition to all of this she is also a VP for Programs for APHA (American Printing History Association), is on the Board of Directors for CBAA (College Book Art Association), and is a founder of the Society for Calligraphy in Los Angeles.
Duchampian Gap perches on two pedestals, its spine inverted, allowing its 1240 red leaves to fan out. This inverted spine begs the question, as stated in Maryatt’s artist’s statement, “Is the thrown-up arch at the spine sturdy enough to support its own weight?” This book’s signatures are sewn over five alum-tawed goatskin thongs, which are laced into brown goatskin covers. These conflicting media enable Maryatt to explore the effects of swell and flexibility of a thick book and ability to self-support. Maryatt sites Calvin Tompkin’s address of Duchamp, “There will always be a gap between the intention and the realization—between what Duchamp wittily terms ‘the unexpressed but intended and the unintentionally expressed.’ The spectator’s essential role is to step into this gap and, by interpreting what he sees, to complete the process that the artist has set in motion.” Maryatt throws into question the concept of the book as a utilitarian object and conventional ways we approach these objects. Her artful manipulation pushes the book beyond our expectations and demonstrates its structure numerous capabilities.
Please join Kitty for her talk and reception this Friday, October 26, at 6:30pm, no reservations required. There is also room in her Master Class, Expressive Hand Typesetting: Iliazd as a Role Model, which takes place Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm…to enroll contact Sarah Nicholls at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 481-0295.