The Vista Sans Wood Type Project

By Daniel Mellis and April Sheridan

Visual Arts
Monday, September 16 – Sunday, December 15
Vista Sans Wood Type Project
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Vista Sans Wood Type Project, organized by artists Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford, features letterpress prints by more than twenty artists and presses, often collaboratively made.

This exhibition presents 32 letterpress prints produced by a group of international artists as part of the Vista Sans Wood Type Project, a collaborative experimental type and print project in which modern technology blends with a historic printing process to produce a hybrid form of typographic design. The resulting artworks offer diverse reflections on the post-digital and multidisciplinary nature of contemporary artistic practice.

Inspired by their interest in the intersection of old and new media, Treacy and Pigford used a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router to create traditional wood type of the digital typeface Vista Sans, designed by Xavier Dupré for Emigré. Five letters, t-o-u-c-h, were sent to the various participants, along with a set of paper. These basic elements and the medium of letterpress printing are the shared factors among the prints. The resulting portfolio shows the wide variety of work being produced by letterpress in the contemporary book arts world. The exhibition features the prints in the Vista Sans Wood Type Project portfolio, and one set of the actual wood type.


Participating Artists: Megan Adie (Basel, Switzerland), Katie Baldwin (Aurora, New York), Baltimore Print Studios (Baltimore, Maryland), Inge Bruggman (Chicago, Illinois), Macy Chadwick (Oakland, California), Angela Driscoll & Yuka Petz (New Orleans, Louisiana), Firecracker Press (St. Louis, Misouri), Rose Gridneff & Alex Cooper (London, England), Rick Griffith (Denver, Colorado), Bethany Heck (Baltimore,Maryland), Dafi Kuhne (Zurich, Switzerland), Josephine McCormick (Belfast, Ireland), Robin McDowell (New Hampshire), Peter Kruty & Sayre Gaydos (New York), Ben Levits & Sam Michaels (Minnesota), Ashley John Pigford (Newark, Delaware), April Sheridan & Daniel Mellis (Chicago, Illinois), Nick Sherman (New York, New York), David Shields (Austin, Texas), Tricia Treacy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), David Wolske (Salt Lake City, Utah), Karen Zimmerman (Tucson, Arizona).

Artist Talk with Ashley John Pigford
Thursday, November 21 | 6:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Artist and co-organizer of the Vista Sans Wood Type Project, Ashley John Pigford, discusses the exhibition on display. A free reception for this event will take place following the lecture.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm.  Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery and the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, as well as individual contributions.

Image by Daniel Mellis and April Sheridan.

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