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The Old Ones... Chi. Qi. The essence of story-telling. The core of all art. Breath. The source of resonance with our ancient origins. I have aspirations for the medium of artists books. I want artists books which have the range, subtlety, depth of meaning of a Cezanne, a Rothko, Faulkner, Beethoven. Big art. Big aspirations. Anyone who tries to go there is likely to fail. What's the alternative? Trinkets. I don't want to make trinkets. I want to be out looking for the Old Ones. If I make two…Continue
A rare photo of two Old Ones.
Except for John and me there weren’t any other revolutionary avant-garde troublemakers in my town. Everybody else was either a hard boy or a dutiful one. John and I got pretty close for a while because of that. We were both going to see the Old Ones, John and I. I think John might have got there. I would have no way of knowing for sure because if you get to where the Old Ones are you don’t come back
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As a book artist I’m an amateur. Meaning I’ve never been through a book arts program, or any visual art degree at all. I did do an MFA in creative writing, but artists books are generally not novels. I had some help with making paper, and took a week-long binding workshop once. In photography (analog and digital) I’m completely self-trained. At Berkeley I did a year of hand printing with Roger Levenson. I studied book…Continue