Gallery Talk:
The Return of the Itinerant Printer Chris Fritton

Tuesday February 26, 2019
3 PM
JCBA Book Arts Gallery at FAU’s Wimberly Library
Free admission; donations are appreciated

You may remember Chris Fritton: he is best known as the Itinerant Printer. He was last here at the Jaffe in 2015, when he launched his Itinerant Printer Project. Since then, he's traveled over 47,000 miles in 843 days, during which he visited 137 letterpress print shops and in them, made over 15,000 prints. And now, there is The Itinerant Printer Book, a formidable work that measures 12” x 12” and comprises over 320 pages, 1,500 photos, and 130,000 words that detail all aspects of the adventure.

Fritton took his cue from older tramp printers that used to travel around the country, bouncing from shop to shop––nomadic vagabonds that used their skills and earned their keep but vehemently maintained their autonomy. They often recorded their escapades as well, so this newest book participates in a long tradition of itinerant printers’ tales. Fritton’s work takes a more modern angle though, and he describes it as “Part travel diary, part cultural anthropology, part philosophical musing, part poetic digression. It is a series of interconnected yet independent vignettes that tell the story of the journey. This is the ultimate index of this printing adventure, the culmination of all the miles, all the ink, all the paper, all the type, and all the blood, sweat, and tears.”

Come hear the interesting history of tramp printers, stories from the road, how the Itinerant Printer project got off the ground, and how it remains sustainable (Students wanting to make your way in the art world: this one’s for you).

Admission is free, though if you have the means, we do appreciate your donation in support of this program and programs like it. Chris will also be selling copies of The Itinerant Printer Book; this beautiful book sells for $75. He’ll also have prints available and other sundry items. Cash, cards, Venmo, PayPal… all sorts of payment options.

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; look for the spaces that have numbers posted on signs at the head of the parking space. The meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card at the rate of $2 per hour.