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[BKARTS] The Literary Book as a Work of Art, or Books as Four Dimensional Art - A lecture by Peter Thomas, Wells, College, Aurora, NY. Monday, October 6.

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The Literary Book
as a Work of Art, or
Books as Four Dimensional Art

A lecture by Peter Thomas

Monday, 6 October 2003, 7 pm
Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday 7 October 2003, Peter Thomas will lead an introductory
papermaking workshop outside the Lost Greenhouse Papermill, located at the
south end of Morgan Hall, from 1-3 pm, weather permitting.

The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Peter Thomas
will present a lecture, entitled "The Literary Book as a Work of Art, or
Books as Four Dimensional Art" at Wells College. Mr. Thomas' lecture will
discuss his understanding of the book as an aesthetic object using examples
from his 30-year career as a designer, printer, artist and collaborative
book maker.

As a college student, Thomas was often perplexed by his heart-felt calling
to be a book artist and the then-accepted dogma of book as container and
art as something else. His epiphany of book as art came when he was waiting
to see the Book of Kells, namely that manuscript books of the ilk of the
Book of Kells were made to be looked at as painting and sculpture. He sees
the advent of computerized text as liberating the book from its
time-honored function of information storage and allowing it to be enjoyed
solely as an aesthetic object. He is optimisitic that the 21st century will
see the book become the dominant art form, not being limited to two or
three dimensions like painting or sculpture, because books have a fourth
dimension: time.

Peter Thomas was born in 1954 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the
University of California at Santa Cruz where he studied the book arts with
William Everson at UCSC's Lime Kiln Press. He graduated in 1978 with a
major in Aesthetic Studies.

Since 1976 Peter & Donna Thomas have worked collaboratively and
individually, making paper, letterpress printing and book binding, to
create books. Under the previous imprint of The Good Book Press, and the
current imprint, Peter & Donna Thomas: Santa Cruz, their books have been
shown in individual and group exhibitions in the USA and abroad, and have
been purchased for collections around the world. From 1974 to 1990 they
made and sold books at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. During that same
time they also taught papermaking and bookbinding workshops. Once an old
book binder told them, "You can't buy experience." This proved true, for
school and workshops only introduced them to concepts or techniques. What
they learned came from practice. For more information on Peter & Donna
Thomas and their work, please visit their website Peter & Donna Thomas

Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026


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