Acclaimed artist and book maker Harry Reese, inventor of the Sandagraph technique, will speak March 19 at 12:30pm in Special Collections. In his talk
Word, Image, Book, Presence: The User is the Content
Reese will discuss his works produced with Sandra Liddell Reese for over 40 years at Turkey Press. Harry’s teaching has engaged with “small press,” “fine printing,” “artists’ books,” and “third stream books.” He writes “I know from our experience that hand produced books ultimately convey their own unspeakable language to the solitary reader. In addition, the investigations, applications, discoveries, and personal relationships we have made along the way have always seemed as important to us as the work we produced.”
Reese has taught print, papermaking, book art, visual literacy, and media ecology classes at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1978. He has directed the Book Arts Program in the College of Creative Studies since he established it in 1985. Featuring handmade paper, typography and design, traditional and experimental prints, innovative book structures, and collaborations with artists, poets, and writers, their publications can be found in major libraries, museums, and private collections. The Turkey Press archives were purchased by the Getty Research Institute in 1992.
His “third stream books” blend techniques learned from new technologies with deeper exploration of traditional crafts. Several of Reese’s books will be available for visitors to examine after his talk. The Print & Paper Series was established to share the book arts, paper and printing in collaboration with the Department of Art and History of Art.