TELLING TIME

VIRTUAL GALLERY TALK WITH JULIE CHEN & KERI MIKI-LANI SCHROEDER

In this October 2021 virtual gallery talk, Julie Chen and Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder discussed their new artists' book project Book of Hours, contemplations on time, and their long-distance collaboration during the 2020-2021 pandemic.

Book of Hours was designed and created by Julie Chen & Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder. This long-distance collaboration between California and Texas took place during the 2020-21 pandemic. The format of Book of Hours is known as a blow book, a historical structure originally designed as a magic trick which allows the presenter to show completely different visual sequences of pages within the same book. Book of Hours contains 12 distinct sequences. The first and last sequences on each side of the book were designed by the two artists collaboratively, and the other eight sequences were designed individually by each artist. These different narratives exist concurrently within the same space and time of this book but are activated sequentially by the reader. The cone motif used throughout this book was inspired by the concept of the light cone which in general and special relativity denotes a single point in space and time. Book of Hours was printed using letterpress, digital, and Risograph printing on Mohawk Superfine and Hahnemühle Bugra paper. The binding was completed at Flying Fish Press and Coyote Bones Press. The box was designed and fabricated by Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder.

Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is a book artist and proprietor of Coyote Bones Press. She creates limited-edition artist’s books, and teaches workshops at various institutions. Keri holds an MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing from Mills College, and has worked at Flying Fish Press and BookLab II as an edition bookbinder. She was awarded the Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence for Jaffe Center for Book Arts in 2019-2020, and Mills College Book Art Teaching Fellowship in 2016. www.coyotebonespress.com

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for 30 years. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland, NZ. In 2009 she was a featured artist in the PBS television series, Craft in America. She is a professor of Book Art at Mills College in Oakland, California. www.flyingfishpress.com

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