Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Julie Chen

September 30 - January 7, 2018

Walter Gropius Master Artist Julie Chen will speak about her work during a free public presentation on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 7 p.m. Chen will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Book of Fun and Games” on October 20-22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (304) 529-2701 for workshop fee information.

For 25 years, Chen’s Berkeley, California-based imprint, Flying Fish Press, has designed and produced limited-edition artist books with an emphasis on unique, movable, three-dimensional book structures and fine letterpress printing. Editions of Chen’s work range from 10 to 150 copies, and examples may be found in library and museum collections around the world, including the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Chen is also a renowned book art educator and presently teaches in the Book Arts Program at Mills College in Oakland, California. She regularly lectures on bookmaking and conducts intensive book arts workshops around the country.

Chen’s artist books are internationally recognized for their exceptional craft and quality, intricate structural design, and inspired artistic vision – while thoughtfully pushing the conceptual boundaries of what a book can be. Chen
says, “My approach to artists’ books combines personal narratives with book forms that present the reader with both intimate reading experience as well as beautiful objects that can be displayed as sculpture. The idea of giving order to personal experience through the use of mapping, charting, and numbering continues to be an important underlying theme that runs through much of my work. Enclosures such as boxes, along with the corresponding concept of creating a world within a world, also play a major role in the presentation of my book works.”

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, the late Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.

Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Julie Chen

Julie Chen, Chrysalis, 2014, shown with a partially opened outer case. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sibila Savage.