Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill (2012, Princeton Architectural Press; 128 pages)
This is a gorgeous book both aesthetically and theoretically. It contains intricate large-scale relief prints that create patterns of immense beauty from timber by Connecticut-based artist Bryan Nash Gill. Some of these trees were more than 200 years old, some 50, when they were captured in ink. The prints of the rings show where branches were torn off and the tree healed, where bark grew, etc.
This book is a meditation on the passage of time through a beautiful analysis on cross-sections of trees. In the book's foreword, nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg writes:
"Something [happens] as you peer into these boles. They confound time, simultaneously offering diachrony and synchrony, to use those nearly antiquated words. You look across all the tree's living years, exposed at one. And yet, as you move from the center to the periphery -- to the final present of that individual tree -- you're also looking along time, along the succession of growth cycles that end in what is, after all, the death mask of a plant, the sustained rigor mortis of a maple, ash, spruce, locust, and other species."
This book is a joy, and it invites to meditation through contemplation and creation.
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