Altar Book for Górecki
Altar Book for Górecki is a tribute to Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. The recording of the symphony by soprano Dawn Upshaw was the best-selling symphonic recording in history. The book contains lyrics printed in Polish and depicted in calligraphy by Paul Shaw. The lyrics are also printed in English with Stephenson Blake Perpetua and Guild Samson uncial typefaces. Altar Book for Górecki was illustrated with reproductions from a 17th century volume, The Ornithology of Francis Willughby, and features an abstract woodcut by Keiji Shinohara (monoprinted by Robin Price) on hand-stained and letterpress-printed paper laminated onto colored wood boards. The structure is a triptych hinged with dyed vellum, and is housed in a custom-made cherry box by master woodworker Franklin Nichols.
Press: Constructed by the Artist
Number and Edition: 33 of 60
Size: 12” x 9”
Created by Joyce Cutler-Shaw in response to the Fasciculus Medicinae of 1495, this book has two parallel streams of visuals representing the body. The piece features ten woodcuts reproduced from the famous Fasciculus (the first printed book with anatomical illustrations) and a cycle of ten drawings by Cutler-Shaw in response to these woodcuts. Since 1991, Cutler-Shaw has been Artist-In-Residence/Visiting Scholar at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. The book was letterpress printed on handmade paper by Robin Price and bound by Daniel Kelm, and the cover features a hologram created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory.
Artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw said: “My project includes an investigation of the history of anatomy as a visual history of body imaging and the life cycle: how we are seen and how we see ourselves.”
Artist: Joyce Cutler-Shaw
Press: Robin Price
Number and Edition: 43 of 50
Size: 14” x 10”