Professor’s Wood Engravings Book Purchased by MIT Library
An artist’s book crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Moyer’s creation, titled “Speculative Motion,” was sold by the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, to MIT’s Rotch Library, home to a growing collection of contemporary artists’ books. The Rotch collection focuses on artists’ books published from the 20th century to the present and explores a range of techniques and technologies employed by the books’ creators.
A unique medium of artistic expression, artists’ books are a genre that is experiencing increasing popularity in the digital age.
“Speculative Motion” features wood engravings hinged in an accordion fold. Measuring 6 7/8 inches by 84 inches, the book was issued in an edition of 25.
Moyer received a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. His work has been included in many national and international exhibitions. Among the 2016 and 2015 exhibits were the 13th Gielniak Graphic Arts Competition at the Muzeum Karkonoskie, Jelenia Góra, Poland; the Society of Wood Engravers’ 78th and 79th Annual Exhibitions, Oxford, England; the International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Vilnius 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania; the 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; and the Sixty Square Inches North American Small Print Exhibition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Moyer’s professional organizations include the Society of Wood Engravers, the Wood Engravers’ Network and the Fine Press Book Association.
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