Casey Gardner – The Gravity Series


© 2017
edition of 39
dimensions in inches: case 13 x 6.5 books are 12×6; 6×4; 6×6

University of Denver Purchase Award


UPDATE: The  Gravity Series won the Grand Prize for the INK PRESS REPEAT exhibition

About this piece:

The Gravity Series: No. 1, 2 & 3.
What is this unseen power that, like love, is vital to life?

This series of books reckons with gravity as a universal, yet intimate phenomenon holding everything in perpetual motion and relationship. Each book explores how we live with influences we cannot always control, but rely upon; forces that we cannot see, but feel.

So finely tuned is gravity, that if its quantity had been infinitesimally altered, our universe could not have emerged and life would not exist. As one of the four fundamental forces of the universe, gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together as they reel around the cosmos, and precise enough to give weight to each individual held on earth. Like love, gravity is mysteriously irresistible; invisible yet essential.

Magnetically held in a sturdy portfolio printed to reveal the science behind gravity, each of the three books tells a tale of this compelling universal force in relationships of falling, climbing and orbiting.

Individual book details:

Gravity guides our velocity into the unknown. In the language of life, there are many ways to fall: out of line, into place, through the cracks, apart…. Falling in love is a plunge of infinite permutations, and varying weights. This sublime catapult can be exhilarating yet daunting when a new center of the universe emerges. Meanwhile, falling is a lapse of control, of abandon, and falling from grace can unleash havoc.

This book is about trust, finding your own center of gravity and moving your own weight. Climbing is a negotiation of gravity while tethered to another. We humans, ourselves forces of nature, must find our way through forces of nature. Sometimes holding on leads to progress, and sometimes, rising up calls for letting go. Included in this book is a fold-out map of a climbing route and conversation.


In orbits, two mutually attracted bodies revolve around a joint center of mass, located in the space between them. In relationship, two bodies move closer together and farther apart as they mediate their distance, following the shape of their orbital path. Meanwhile, our earth is gravitationally bound in the most propitious orbit around our sun, making us just the right distance to receive its life-giving energy. This book includes a volvelle held in an end-sheet pocket.


paper, book board, book cloth, metal, magnets, linen thread, ink

About the artist:

Casey Gardner grew up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and received her degree in Journalism from CU Boulder. She worked as a journalist before studying printmaking and graphic design at California College of the Arts for her BFA. As a book artist, she creates multi-layered narratives exploring elemental aspects of human nature and science. Her award-winning books are exhibited internationally and are in several university and private collections. She writes, draws, prints and binds her own work with Set in Motion Press. She lives in Berkeley, CA with a Vandercook in her back yard.

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Casey Gardner – The Gravity Series

by Alicia Bailey time to read: 2 min