I will be giving two talks this week at the Boston Athenæum in connection with their exhibit Materialia Lumina | Luminous Books. On Thursday the 23rd I will be giving an evening lecture titled, “The What, the How, and the Why: Craft as an Extension of Thought,” at 6pm. The lecture can be attended in person or online, both of which require tickets. On Friday I will be giving a less formal presentation called “Colored Objects in Process, in Procession” in which we will look at the preparatory work and various iterations of my newest book, Colored Objects, within the context previous books of mine that involve color printing. The event takes place in person at 12 noon and also requires tickets.
I’m excited to exhibit at the inaugural Tropic Bound Book Fair in Miami this coming February 16–19. I will have the first copies of my newest book, an interpretation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Colored Objects” from his Theory of Colors. You can see an animation of the book’s contents on my Instagram page @alphabetishist. I’ll also have a fun assortment of other books, including some rare early works. I will be joining an impressive roster of fabulous artists who will be exhibiting as well. Hope to see you there!
The phrase “Script Type” is an oxymoron: letterforms are either script, ie written by hand, or they are type, ie. cast from a matrix. This disparity has not prevented people from trying to create typefaces that mimic the form, if not the function, of written scripts. Some of these types have succeeded at capturing the qualities of handwritten forms, others have failed miserably. With the advent of digital type design’s seemingly endless character sets, the temptations of script types have only increased, with similarly mixed results. Join the Newberry Library’s Jill Gage and I for an online discussion of the creation, use, and inherent perils of script types, past and present. Register here.
On November 17th, I will be giving a talk at the Center for Book Arts about the remarkably complex typeface used to print the Theuerdank in 1517. The event is part of the Legacy press Series, and it is free and open to the public. More information here.
The facsimile edition of Dispatches from the Lizard Brain: A Descriptive Bibliography of Ninja Press, is now available in two editions. Take a look!
I’ll be exhibiting a selection of old and new books at the Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair this Friday and Saturday, July 8 & 9. The fair will be held in the Morrison Hall at The University of St Thomas in St Paul from 3–7 on Friday, 10–4 on Saturday. Hope to see you there. More information is available here. (Not all books shown above will be available at the fair.)
I’m pleased to announce the publication of A Checklist of the First Sixty Books Published by Russell Maret. The book may be purchased here.
I am happy to have delivered this year’s Gillett G. Griffin Memorial Lecture at the Princeton University Libraries on May 16th at 4pm. A video recording of the lecture, The Post-Typographic Private Press?, may be viewed here.
On Wednesday, April 20, the Center for Book Arts will host Covid d’État: An Interview with Gaylord Schanilec and Russell Maret. Gaylord and I will be discussing our recent books produced during, and in response to, the COVID Pandemic and the 2020 Presidential Election. The talks will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jane Siegel. 6–8pm, limited space is available. Book your tickets today! If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the presentation live here.
I’m excited to be one of the eighty essayists in The Fisher Press’ forthcoming books Art in the Making. The book is being funded on Kickstarter and will only get made if fully funded. I hope you’ll consider buying a copy.