MARTIN-SCHERRER, Frédérique; HEREL, Petr (1943 - ) (artist); JACKSON, Philip
Thierry Bouchard & Petr Herel : the shared book
Translated from French by Margot Jones. [Melbourne and Canberra] : Disquiet Press, 2018. Edition of 100 copies, each with an original signed and numbered frottage (73 x 52 mm) by Petr Herel tipped-in on the half title. Octavo, printed blue wrappers, pp 1-38 (history of the Labyrinth Press by Martin-Scherrer), [39-56] (colour illustrations), 57-59 (notes), [60-65] (checklist of Labyrinth Press publications by Philip Jackson).
‘Labyrinth Press is the name of a publishing venture conceived and carried out by two great book creators – Thierry Bouchard, a printer-typographer, and Petr Herel, an etcher-engraver – who lived on opposite sides of the world, the first in France, the other in Australia. Together, despite the distance, they created exceptional books, twenty-one of them, between 1980 and 2007.’ (p. 7)
A lovingly produced homage to Czech-born Australian artist Petr Herel (1943 – ) focusing on his collaborative work with Bouchard. Founder of the Graphic Investigation Workshop in Canberra in the 1980s, Herel has influenced a generation of students making books, and is without doubt the pre-eminent artist making books in this country.