ROBIN PRICE & KEIJI SHINOHARA - 2009
Robin Price is a letterpress printer and publisher of artists’ books and fine press books. In 2009 she will celebrate 25 years of fine publishing. Often praised for their complexity and scholarly research and enjoyed for their fine craftsmanship, her books cover a wide range of subjects. Robin actively seeks out contemporary artists, writers, and artisans with whom to collaborate.
Her work is collected by numerous special collections libraries across the country and has been exhibited at a wide array of venues, including the Center for Book Arts (NYC), the Columbia College (Chicago) Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Getty Research Institute, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the PABA (Photo Art Book Art) Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Robin was the subject of a retrospective at the Yale University Arts of the Book Collection in 2001 titled “From Printer’s Devil to Artist-Printer: The Letterpress Work of Robin Price.” Her work has been written about in Betty Bright’s recent survey of contemporary American book art: No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America 1960-1980 (Granary Books, 2005).
In 2002, she curated the exhibition “By Chance: Serendipity and Randomness in Contemporary Artists’ Books” for the Yale Arts of the Book Collection. She has lectured and taught widely at places ranging from Wesleyan University, the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), the Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop, the Wells College Summer Book Arts Institute, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and The Claremont Colleges. Ms. Price is currently working, among other projects, with Barbara Benish on "Song of Songs" due to be published in the fall of 2009, their second collaboration together.
Keiji Shinohara was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After 10 years as an apprentice to the renowned Keiichiro Uesugi in Kyoto, he became a Master Printmaker and moved to the United States. Shinohara's natural abstractions are printed on rice paper with water-based inks from woodblocks in the Ukiyo-e style – the traditional Japanese printmaking method dating to 600 AD. Though Shinohara employs ancient methods in creating his woodblock prints, he also diverges from tradition by experimenting with ink application and different materials to add texture to his prints. He personally executes all the steps involved in the printmaking process, from carving the woodblock to printing by hand. Intrigued by the possibility of surprise in creating his prints, Shinohara responds to the process organically, negotiating with the material and the inherent characteristics of the wood. Most prints require 12 to 15 blocks to complete, but Shinohara has also created prints using up to 100 blocks. Since his arrival in the U.S., he has promoted Ukiyo-e through his teaching, exhibitions, and collaborations with artists such as Balthus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Chuck Close, and Sean Scully.
Keiji Shinohara is currently a Faculty Fellow and Visiting Professor of Art and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He has received grants from the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and his work is in many public collections, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Library of Congress.