Archive for the ‘Codex Bookfair’ Category

Next month! Codex Mexico Symposium in D.C.!

Friday, March 29th, 2013

mexicanThis joint CODEXMEXICO / Stanford University Library / CODEXAustralia event includes an exhibition, “The Book as Art,” and an accompanying two days (April 19 and 20) of free public programming at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. The exhibit itself opened on March 22 and will continue until June 15. Look here for a description and instructions on how to gain admission.

The Friday April 19th symposium is described here. On Saturday April 20th there will be an opportunity to view the exhibition and to talk with book artists and printers. California artist/printers and local printers and guests will display their work. My hunch is that you need to apply for admission to this, too, but I didn’t see specific instructions.

–Bob McCamant

Codex Announces Details for February 2103

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Codex Foundation has announced the dates and arrangements for their February, 2013 exhibit and symposium. Innovations include a different exhibit venue (due to rennovation on campus), and pre-secreening of exhibitors who have not exhibited previously. See here for details.

–Robert McCamant

Codex Mexico: promoting the arts of the book in Latin America

Friday, January 27th, 2012

We love the inexhaustible energy of the Codex Foundation. Let’s hope this inaugural event will become a regular thing. Way to go Codex!

— Paul Razzell

Shanty Bay Press at Codex 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Canadians Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler of Shanty Bay Press, located north of Toronto, exhibit their books and broadsides at Codex Book Fair this month. 

Page spreads and pochoir illustration from some of Shanty Bay’s books, such as Virgil’s Georgics, and Circus: The Artist as Saltimbanque.

Bachinski is the main illustrator of Shanty Bay Books.

Butler is responsible for presswork, typesetting and binding of Shanty Bay Press books.

~Suzanne Ahearne

Russell Maret at Codex 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

At the Codex Book Fair in Berkeley this month, Russell Maret and photographer Annie Schlechter show Æthelwold Etc.(2011), and Prometheus Bound (2007), the tragedy of Aeschylus translated by Henri David Thoreau with smoke drawings by Maret.

A Roman Inscription on Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio (2010) by Maret, with photographs by Schlechter.

Maret, a self-described “alphabetical fetishist,” shows pages from his newest book,  Æthelwold Etc. at Codex.

~Suzanne Ahearne

Vladimir Zimakov at Codex Book Fair 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Russian-born book artist Vladimir  Zimakov is happy to see that the trade press is looking in on what fine presses and book artists are doing. The biennial Codex Book Fair in Berkeley is a great place for designers to get inspired!

Zimakov holds up his lino cut print of Moby Dick, along with the recent Penguin Classics edition of the Melville classic using his art on the cover.

Zimakov’s letterpress edition of Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman (above) and the Penguin Classics trade edition using one of his linocuts as cover art (below).

Click on the link below to listen to Zimakov talk about how his lino cuts have found their way onto the covers of Penguin Classics, Random House, Faber and Faber and other trade editions. He is surprised, he says, to find himself “in the company of the greats.”

»Vladimir Zimakov on trade book design and fine press publishing

Below are two spreads from Zimakov’s ongoing limited-edition book series called The Book of Sounds. It’s sort of  an alphabet book for synesthetes.

The “Sh” page. When I hear the sound “SH” it sounds like plastic bags blowing in the trees,” says Zimakov.

The “F” page: “It sounds like a royal sound to me,” says Zimakov. “So the image is a queen walking a fish….a little bit absurdist!”

Click on the link below to hear Zimakov talk about the book and the concept.

»Vladimir Zimakov and The Book of Sounds

~Suzanne Ahearne

Central Booking at Codex Book Fair 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Maddy Rosenberg of Central Booking gallery of Brooklyn, New York specializes in artist books and prints. She is a bookmaker herself, as well as lithographer, painter and international curator.

Click on the link below recorded at Codex Book Fair to hear Rosenberg on the opportunity for collectors to enter the art world via the book arts:

»Maddy Rosenberg on the market for book collecting

Rosenberg holds a black bear jawbone wrapped in strips of a map by book artist Steven Daiber. ($300)

“It’s taking the book onto a different plane,” she says “out of the codex, out of the binding and creating a narrative around it.”

“The book is a three-dimensional object, so it’s basically taking it to the next step,” says Rosenberg.

Click the link below to hear Rosenberg:

»Maddy Rosenberg on Steven Daiber’s “Jawbone”

Rosenberg holds Miriam Schaer’s altered book “Hands of Josephus.” ($2000)

Click on the link below to hear Rosenberg talk about the art form of the “altered book.”

»Maddy Rosenberg on an altered book by Miriam Schaer

~Suzanne Ahearne

Electric Works at Codex 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Electric Works dunce caps at Codex Book Fair from Suzanne Ahearne on Vimeo.

Richard Lang of San Francisco’s Electric Works gallery (with co-owner Judith Selby Lang) talks about artist William Wiley’s “One Size Fits All” dunce caps at Codex Book Fair in Berkeley, Feb. 2011.
Lang also offered recitations of poems to book fair goers. Click on the links below to hear the two I was treated to:

Richard Lang reciting “Happiness” by Mary Oliver

Richard Lang reciting “Last Night as I was Sleeping” by Antonio Machado

~Suzanne Ahearne

Intaglio Workshop at Codex 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Lenin Fajardo of Intaglio Workshop in Mexico City talks about the artist book by Francisco Toledo with text by Antonio Garcia de Leon.

>>Listen here to Lenin Fajardo at Codex 2011

Sherwin Beach Press at Codex 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Click on the link below to listen to Bob McCamant of Sherwin Beach Press (and FPBA Board member) talk about his new book Saving His Life by Lee Sandlin while at Codex Book Fair in Berkeley this month:

Listen to Robert McCamant at Codex

~Suzanne Ahearne