LONEY, Alan (1940 - )
Orpheus the stutterer : a poetics of silence
Colorado Springs : The Press at Colorado College, 2013. Folio, papered boards with exposed binding, letterpress printed from photopolymer plates & collagraph, hand-colored with acrylic ink wash. Roman and italic text set in the Lirico typeface (designed by Hendrik Weber), with Greek text in Neohellenic (produced by the Greek Font Society). Limited edition of 40 copies: 10 archival/artist’s proofs, 30 copies for distribution.
‘The design and production of large book projects distorts time in strange ways: the process seems unending, but there is never enough time; there are many steps & pieces, but the imagined & unpredictable gestalt drives the whole thing; once the long production ends the fun really begins; the book begins again & again with each new reader. You may be reading this colophon at the beginning or end of your experience with this book — either way we are grateful for your company.
The typeface used throughout most of Orpheus is Lirico, in its Roman & Italic forms and in Normal and Light weights. Lirico was designed by Hendrik Weber and published by OurType in 2008. The Greek typeface is Neohellenic, produced & published by the Greek Font Society. All of the text was letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on our well-loved Vandercook 219. The large sections of color on the covers and the opening and closing pages of the book were printed from collagraph blocks made with a brush texture in acrylic gel medium. The covers were hand-painted with acrylic gesso, and the pages were painted with acrylic ink wash.
Orpheus was made in a variable edition. The text and division of the pages is the same in each copy but how they were articulated with color changes from book to book.
Orpheus the stutterer: a poetics of silence was written by the poet & letterpress printer Alan Loney. This book was designed and printed by Aaron Cohick at The Press at Colorado College during the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013. Two student apprentices at The Press, Taryn “Centauryn” Wiens and John “John Baskerville” Christie, assisted in the binding and hand-coloring. Corie Cole supported the production of this book in various ways, many of them intangible, but all of them absolutely vital. This book would not exist without the participation of our wonderful community here at Colorado College.
Forty copies were printed, thirty of which are for sale.’ – the colophon.
According to WorldCat, at least sixteen of the forty copies printed are in institutions, with two copies held in Australian libraries (NLA; SLV).