Thomas Parker Williams – Bridge


ed. of 18, © 2008, 5.5 x 15 inches closed


When fog rolls in from the ocean and covers the waters of the Golden Gate, the bridge, isolated from the landscape, becomes a sculptural object.

This book explores that beauty two ways: with seven linocut prints and with an original music suite on CD.

The prints view the bridge from vantage points of a bird in flight. The images were created by constructing a scale 3D computer model and then producing the seven mathematically precise perspective views shown below. The linocut process is a hand cut method of plate making that yields broad strokes and a painterly texture.

The music suite was composed, performed and recorded by the artist in 2005 after a West Coast trip. The suite follows a birds journey from the Sutro district over the Golden Gate and toward the Marin Headlands. Sounds of actual traffic on the bridge are integrated into the composition.

7 Linocut Prints
Linocut end papers
Hardbound cover
Original music CD
Media – Dry pigments in transparent base on Stonehenge paper
Music: Multi-track recording, woodwinds and synthesizers. – Time: 14:00 min

Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia. His primary areas of work include hand-made artist book editions, printmaking and painting,. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom’s artist books, paintings and prints, have been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and throughout the country, and are in numerous private and public collections.

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Thomas Parker Williams – Bridge

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