Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2021. A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country.
In this beautiful yet chilling work, Williams depicts the catastrophes that are bound to befall our planet due to the stubborn indifference of so many to the effects of climate change. He is equally concerned with changes in American life, in particular the explosion of hatred in our communities. Most powerfully, he examines both without words. The book comprises fourteen original illustrations. Seven are in dry pigments in alkyd medium on watercolor paper, while seven are in ink and wash on Twinrocker handmade paper mounted on black cover weight stock. The paintings first show landscapes and a pretty seaside community but then show the weather disasters they experience. The ink and wash illustrations reflect the existential rift that is occurring in American society in a less representational but equally meaningful way.
The title page is black ink on Classic Linen paper and the endpapers are Sapphire Texture paste paper by Claire Maziarczyk. Bound in black paper on Davey board, with a goatskin spine and endbands. Housed in a light blue paper covered box. A stunning production in fine condition. Book measures 7.5 x 18 x 1 inches closed. ARTISTSB/013122. Fine.