AS AN ARTIST, WRITER, LETTERPRESS PRINTER, DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR, Gaylord Schanilec has set the standard for contemporary artist’s books over the last 30 years. UPCOMING EXHIBITS AND NEWS
(used with permission from Groveland Gallery)
Nine birds who happened to come by the studio late one winter to eat sumac berries, printed from multiple color blocks by GS – The book page.
A book induced by the 12,000-year-long journey of Saint Anthony Falls, the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi River, from Saint Paul to Minneapolis — a distance all of ten miles.
Paul Nylander documents the process he and GS are using to create “My Mighty Journey,” in his Tumblr Blog.
Lac Des Pleurs is complete. “I began thinking about this project in the late 1980's: the idea of a lake 25 miles long with the Mississippi River running through it, well, it took the breath away from a flat-lander like myself. Read on...
Schanilec in The New York Times - “Grain by Wood Grain, a Movable Feast- Artists Find an Audience for Painstaking Letterpress Printing” by Michael Hoinski • Book page
I had planned to start working on it in earnest after Mayflies, but then Benjamin Verhoeven turned up, and Sylvæ delayed things. I'd say the project started when I bought the boat, and began remodeling it in the summer of 2008.” - G.S.
The finished book, Lac Des Pleurs, is on display at the Hennepin County library in downtown Minneapolis. Copies are in the collections of institutions such as the U of San Francisco, Carleton College, Harvard Widener Library, Columbia University, among many others. Email for a complete list. (See archived progress reports on the book at the blog, The River - Lac Des Pleurs) And if you have an extra 4:19 minutes, listen to this: Paul Robeson - Ol' Man River (Showboat - 1936).
March 11, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
G.S. Exhibits at Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair
St. Vincent Ferrer parochial school, Lexington Ave. & 65th St., NYC Book Fair website
June 21, 2017, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
G.S. part of a panel: Materialia Lumina: The Contemporary Book in its Historical Context: Philosophical Musing of Three Master Printers
Iowa City, Iowa Website
Lac Des Pleurs wins Judges Choice Award at the 2015 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford, England, the longest standing fine press fair in the world.
Rattle, by Kimberly Blaeser, 2016. 12 x 18 inches. The paper is Saint Armond Handmade, and the type Bembo and Piranesi Italic. The footprints were taken from the author's feet, and printed from polymer plates. One of 150 possible copies signed by the author. $80.