In April, 2017
Richard Minsky was Artist-in-Residence
Graphic Arts Collection. He printed
Vermont Vigilance and other works on the same
Albion handpress acquired in 1895 by
William Morris for his Kelmscott Press to produce the magnificent
Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The
press was brought to the USA in 1924 by
artist and type designer
Frederic W. Goudy. The Minsky
residency was arranged by Dr. Steven K.
Galbraith, Curator of the Cary
Collection, and facilitated by Associate
Curator Amelia J Hugill-Fontanel. RIT
student Brendon Strowe assisted with the
K-G Albion Handpress
An experimental plywood printing plate
was laser engraved in
The Construct @ RIT. Minsky
chose words that reflected the Bill of
Rights of the United States
Constitution, and the political process,
setting them in a variety of typefaces
and sizes to see what would hold up in
the plywood. He added a background image
of the torch of the Statue of Liberty,
seen from behind, taken from the U. S.
National Park Service website. The image
was granulated in Photoshop and combined
with the type using InDesign.
When applying ink to the plate small
pieces broke off from thin parts of the
type and from the image, pulled off by
the tackiness of the ink. This
required cleaning the rollers after each
impression before rolling them on the
inkplates. Three colors and black were
used, with different size rollers, with
the colors being applied as in
monoprints before a single impression,
so each color print is different. Only
Thirteen prints were made on various
papers before the plate had deteriorated
beyond usability. This experiment
identified the minimum type sizes and
which fonts would stand up to more
impressions, and also suggested that the
next block be made of different wood.
Thanks go to Mike Buffalin, Director of
The Construct @ RIT, for assistance with
All editions are split between
Minsky and RIT Cary Collection, with
Minsky having odd-numbered copies and
Cary having the even numbers.
Color print on Mohawk Superfine 80#
text. 18" x 12". Copy No. 3 of
edition of 5.
print on Mohawk Superfine 80# text.
18" x 12"
Superfine Color Edition
Black print on Mohawk Superfine 80#
text. 18" x 12". Edition of 4.
Black print on Mohawk Superfine 80#
text. 18" x 12". Edition of 4. Price: $50.00
Color print on Neenah Classic Crest 352
gsm. 18" x 12". Copy No. 1 of an edition of 2.
print on Neenah Classic
Crest 352 gsm. 18" x 12".
Edition of 2.
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