Sha Towers ~ Texas


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Artist Bio: " Sha Towers is the Art Liaison Librarian and Associate Director for the Central Libraries at Baylor University. He is also the creator and curator of the Baylor Book Arts Collection which he began building in 2007 and which now includes nearly 800 fine press and artists' books. He has been instrumental in integrating the collection into various studio arts courses, non-arts courses, and public experiences."
   

We Are Writing These Things
By Sha Towers
Waco, Texas: Sha Towers, 2018. Edition of 6 variants.

3.75 x 6"; 8 panels. Double-sided accordion structure. One sheet book. Materials: sumi and walnut inks, watercolor, paper. Signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Laid in paper case with slip and slot closure.

Sha Towers: "'We Are Writing These Things' is a variable edition of unique and handmade calligraphic artist's books reflecting on a line from a speech given by Kevin Slavin at a 2011 TEDGlobal talk on 'how algorithms shape our world.' In this talk, Slavin said, 'We are writing these things that we can no longer read . . . we've rendered something illegible . . . and we've lost the sense of what's actually happening in this world we've made.' In this artistic interpretation of Slavin's thought-provoking quote, I've dissected and reassembled fragments of the text, blending them with other mark making that explores ideas of language, communication, illegibility, and fragmentation and the dislocation, disconnection, and dissonance that remains in the wake.

"I chose the accordion structure to represent the possibility of continuity of thought and line juxtaposed with the fragmented representations that paint a picture of lost meaning and illegibility. I used sumi and walnut inks and watercolors with a variety of tools (brushes, folded pens, micron pens and blades) to create the various marks and text fragments."
$375 edition


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We Are Writing These Things, Special #1
By Sha Towers
Waco, Texas: Sha Towers, 2018. One-of-a-kind.

3.75 x 4.5"closed. Accordion fold extending from front. Materials: Sumi and walnut inks, gum Arabic, and gesso. Images created with brushes, folded pens, and ruling pens for the mark making. Outer wrapper constructed from amate bark paper and vellum. Flat-hinged, non-adhesive binding. Laid in wraparound paper wrapper with slip and slot closure. Signed and dated by the artist.

This is a unique presentation of the variable edition created by Sha Towers of "We Are Writing These things" a calligraphic reflection on a line from a speech given by Kevin Slavin at a 2011 TEDGlobal talk on 'how algorithms shape our world.'

Sha Towers: "I chose the accordion structure to represent the possibility of continuity of thought and line juxtaposed with the fragmented representations that paint a picture of lost meaning and illegibility. I used sumi and walnut inks, gum Arabic, and gesso with brushes, folded pens and ruling pens for the mark making. The outer wrapper was constructed from amate bark paper and vellum suggesting elements of puzzle and hiddenness reflected in the text. This work incorporates a flat-hinged, non-adhesive binding for the structure made of 140 lb. watercolor paper with mark making in the spirit of manuscript palimpsests in which language is evolved, overlayed, and lost."
$600


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We Are Writing These Things, Special #2
By Sha Towers
Waco, Texas: Sha Towers, 2018. One-of-a-kind.

3.75 x 4.5"; 8 panels. Double-sided accordion. Materials: Sumi and walnut inks, gum Arabic, and gesso. Images created with brushes, folded pens and ruling pens. Outer wrapper constructed from amate bark paper and vellum. Slip and slot closure. Signed and dated by the artist.

This is a unique presentation of the variable edition created by Sha Towers of "We Are Writing These things" a calligraphic reflection on a line from a speech given by Kevin Slavin at a 2011 TEDGlobal talk on 'how algorithms shape our world.'

Sha Towers: "I chose the accordion structure to represent the possibility of continuity of thought and line juxtaposed with the fragmented representations that paint a picture of lost meaning and illegibility. I used sumi and walnut inks, gum Arabic, and gesso with brushes, folded pens and ruling pens for the mark making. The outer wrapper was constructed from amate bark paper and vellum suggesting elements of puzzle and hiddenness reflected in the text."
$500


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Sha Towers SOLD / Out of Print Titles:  
   
KnownUnknown
By Sha Towers
Waco, Texas: Sha Towers, 2015. Edition of 8 + 1 AP.

3.25 x 6"; 8 pages. Blizzard book structure with loose pages. Handset at Black Hare Studio in Robinson, Texas, using Cloister Lightface, Univers, & Franklin Gothic types. Printed on No. 4 Vandercook letter press. Images include toner based image transfers for the photographs and hand drawn icons. Signed and numbered.

Sha Towers: "KnownUnknown was born out of a decades-long journey to uncover the story of my paternal grandfather. Given up for adoption at the age of nine and vanishing from my father's life before he ever had a chance to know him, he is known to me only through fragmentary details and a few photos.

"This work explores the fragmented realities wherein the people around us can be, at the same time, both known and unknown. Pairing glimpses of the grandfather I never knew and glimpses of people known through social media, the work illuminates the dichotomy of knowing intimate details of someone while at the same time knowing little or nothing of substance about them. While the work has clear family history connections for me personally, my hope is that in paralleling the personal with the ubiquity of social media, more universal themes will surface reflection on identity, belonging, and the constant juxtaposition of the known and the unknown.

"The text of the work includes self-generated questions, information from personal archival documents related to my grandfather and a variety of posts on Facebook and Twitter about relationships with grandfathers. I chose the blizzard book structure housing loose and unnumbered pages to highlight the fragmentary nature of the material and to allow the reader to explore the pieces without a predefined order. … The outer structure incorporates acrylic mono printing representative of the color palettes of the iconic social media platforms referenced in the work. The work was influenced by the use of the Artist's Book Ideation Cards by Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen. "

(SOLD / Out of print)


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