This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2019. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Gwendolyn Holbrow is a visual artist who loves words and a writer who loves paper, ink and letterforms. She is a member of the Amalgamated Printers Association.
Description of Process
An article claiming that the left wing of American politics needs better graphics got me thinking about what that might mean. The infamous far-right logo is highly recognizable: red, black and white, in bold eye-catching geometric shapes easily painted on a poster or scrawled on bathroom wall. I want to see the left reclaim the color red, I want to see elegant welcoming curves instead
of hostile aggressive angles, and I want to see easily drawn symbols that represent our values. The integral sign is an old friend of mine, profoundly meaningful (many small things combine to form one whole), it is rational, it is beautiful, it resembles the f hole of a violin, and it is a letter, a long s for summation. Capital omega is another beautiful curved letter, like a portal or moon gate, and it represents the ohm, the unit of electrical resistance. I carved large versions of both letters from Sintra, combined these with wood Kabel Light and small metal Kabel Bold for the text, and printed them on French Durotone white newsprint cover stock on a Vandercook Universal I press at the MassArt letterpress studio.