This box contains an unidentified specimen of the Coleoptera order. Clues to the meaning of this mysterious insect can be found on the cover label and map which document its origin. When the knob at the base of the box is pulled the beetle’s wings spread open to reveal a hidden passenger.
This piece is made from paper. The various ‘body parts’ of the beetle were printed on a letterpress and then individually hand painted with watercolor and oil sticks. The pieces were then cut out and assembled with meticulous care. The handmade box is wrapped with brown paper and includes an glass window which encloses the insect.
Materials: paper, wood, string and screws in mechanism, Letterpress printed with hand water coloring and oil stick
Bryan Kring began as a writer but found that he didn’t have any stories to tell. Instead he saw pictures, so he took up painting. He went to art school and filled his home with canvases. When he ran out of space he turned to printmaking. Now in his forties, he is having fun with book arts and connecting the circle back to the writing.Bryan Kring is a graphic designer, letterpress printer and book artist in Oakland, California.
Bryan: When I was in my early twenties I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be Ernest Hemingway with a bottle of rum in a grass hut on a beach in Cuba. I liked writing but I didn’t have any stories to tell. Instead I saw pictures so I took up painting. I went to art school and filled my home with canvases. When I ran out of space I turned to printmaking. I was seduced by the beauty of ink and paper and explored first etching and then later letterpress printing. Now, in my forties, as I play in the book arts I am having fun connecting the circle back to the writing.