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Monoprinted Artists' Books

What does it mean to make printed objects today? And how exactly should we define an "artist's book", anyway? Considering the possibilities, implications, and baggage of this participatory art form in the context of contemporary culture, students will combine experimental or traditional printmaking and bookbinding processes to individually produce a book, series or other printed object that aligns with their individual interests. Monoprinting and a number of basic binding techniques will be introduced in class, whilst students wishing to incorporate digitally printed material, sculptural approaches or other processes on a self-directed basis will be encouraged to do so. We will explore historical contexts for the artist's book, discussing the conception of the "democratic multiple" in the 1960s, the expansive and irreverent approach to books taken by artists and collectives such as Fluxus, and the emergence of the zine and its rise in popularity in tandem with counterculture movements of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Students will be prompted to consider the possible roles of artists' books and multiples within contemporary visual culture and in relation to digital media. The course will incorporate visits to the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, a collection of over 11,000 artists' books, multiples and other objects, and will introduce other resources and organizations in Chicago and further afield such as the Chicago Art Book Fair, Candor Arts, and the SAIC Service Bureau. Students will produce a number of preparatory works or samples, developing techniques and concepts through instruction, iteration and critique, and should each expect to produce a final project consisting of a book, series or edition.

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Monoprinted Artists' Books
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Class meeting time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Class meeting days Wednesday
Building and room Sharp 310
Course number 2495
Course instructor Frances Emma Lightbound