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. Read more about G.S.
(used with permission from Groveland Gallery)
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
February 7, 2017, Tuesday
CODEX 2017 Book Fair & Symposium
6th Biennial CODEX Book Fair & Symposium
Schanilec speaks at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street, Berkeley.
Listen to Schanilec's January 11th talk “British Influences on One Bookish American” at The Book Club of California in San Francisco.
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.
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, Minnesota, to Minneapolis—a distance all of ten miles. Read on...
Paul Nylander documents the process he and GS are using to create “My Mighty Journey,” in his Tumblr Blog.
A book-in-progress to include thirteen small 3 x 4 inch black and white wood engravings by GS based on photographs of London Christmas shoppers by Alex Schneideman. The engravings have been printed by Patrick Randle. The book will be produced at the Whittington Press. The engravings will be accompanied by prints of the photographs, and writings by the three. The book will be published by Sophie Schniedeman in 2017.
Nine birds who happened to come by the studio late one winter to eat sumac berries will be printed from multiple color blocks by GS – expected publication – February 2017.
Plunging, by Edwidge Danticat, Deluxe Edition. $390. This consigned copy was recently returned. Beautifully bound, and a favorite of GS.
Plunging, by Edwidge Danticat
MPS LITTLE BOOK 8
5 1/2 x 7 inches. 20 pages. 26 lettered copies. 2 multi-color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec. Signed by the author and the artist. Handset in Walbaum monotype. Printed on Twin Rocker handmade and Zerkall mould made papers. Bound in blue quarter morocco by Gregor Campbel with Cave handmade paper and morocco fore edges. Two single dollar bills laid in. In a clamshell box.
Pyganodon grandis, 2014, from Lac Des Pleurs
Image dimensions: 5 x 8". Edition size: 100 . $275.
Rattle, by Kimberly Blaeser, 2016.
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A complete set of the nine books included in the Little Book subscription series printed by GS from 1997-2010. Click for detail.
A complete set of the nine books included in the Little Book subscription series printed by GS from 1997-2010. The authors include Suzanne McNear, Pete Hautman, John Dufresne, Edwidge Danticat (twice), Clayton Schanilec, Robert Bly, Jim Heynen, and Gaylord Schanilec. All books are signed by the author and artist. With series prospectus. $950.
The text: observations of the passing of 12,000 years from the perspective of the waterfall, by John Coy, & images by Gaylord Schanilec with the assistance of Paul Nylander. The images are being created in the limestone-walled basement of the MInnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, and the trade edition of the book will be published by the Minnesota Historical Society in Saint Paul. The publication is anticipated to happen in the spring of 2019. A special edition of the images will be produced by GS and published under the Midnight Paper Sales imprint.
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).