Michael Gill – Common Household Rhymes for the Modern Child

$200.00

© 2011

edition of 100

dimensions in inches: 7.25 x 7.5 x .5

Description

About this piece:
Common Household Rhymes was made using 74 wood blocks, eight linoleum blocks, and one block cobbled together of wood and copper wire. Text was set in movable type, including a title page of wood type believed to be more than 100 years old. All blocks and type were printed on a Vandercook 4t proofing press. To print an edition of 100, the artist made in excess of 12,000 impressions. Common Household Rhymes is hand stitched in a single signature with linen thread, and hardbound in book cloth with archival boards. All words, pictures, wood blocks, type setting, printing, and binding were done entirely by the author. The act of making a children’s book from start to finish using wood blocks and movable type underscores the role of artists as builders of culture.

The author began making books as gifts to his own children when they were beginning to learn to read. His initial projects were based on superhero characters his children invented, and they told stories of picking up litter and other neighborhood challenges. Common Household Rhymes is not autobiographical, but it is entirely filled with ideas and cultural touchstones of the author’s home life: There are cats, mice, an orange fish, a bicycle ride in the depopulated city at night, and a workbench cluttered with tools. There is the true fact that adults get to stay up much later than children do.

Materials:
paper, ink, thread, board, cloth

About the artist:
Lives and works in Lakewood, Ohio, United States.

Michael Gill came to print making as a writer, seeking a way to give stories to his children. He has exhibited books in solo shows at William Busta Gallery, BAYarts and Tregoning & Co. and internationally at the Alte Feuerwasche Loschwitz Gallery during a residency at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany. His books are in the collections of Zygote Press, the Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland Public Library Special Collections, and private collections in the US, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. He is founding editor of Collective Arts Network Journal in Cleveland.Michael Gill came to print making as a writer, seeking a way to give stories to his children. He has exhibited books in solo shows at William Busta Gallery, BAYarts and Tregoning & Co. and internationally at the Alte Feuerwasche Loschwitz Gallery during a residency at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany. His books are in the collections of Zygote Press, the Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland Public Library Special Collections, and private collections in the US, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. He is founding editor of Collective Arts Network Journal in Cleveland.

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