Every year over 10,000 shipping containers are lost overboard. They are often abandoned and allowed to sink to the ocean floor. Like crumbs from a feast, a trail of commodities of every conceivable sort litters the ocean floor beneath the shipping lanes: dress shirts and basketball shoes, appliances and home furnishings, all the things we work so hard to consume. In this story, a man has forsaken the surface.
Letterpress printed and hand painted with watercolor. Accordion book in printed paper chemise.
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.