featuring the Visual Art of James Reaney & the R. Hoe Cylinder Press at Black Creek Pioneer Village
In DA 82 curator Tom Smart examines the `playing witness' symbol in James Reaney's poetry, drama and visual art. Smart argues that Reaney's work offers paths which transcend the banal and pass over to a world of heightened perception in which the power of play facilitates the embrace of life's condition of disorderly continuity, absurdity and unpredictability, renders it bearable and endows it with a quality of grace.
Also in this issue, Stephen Sword contributes a short history of the cylinder press housed at Black Creek Pioneer Village, along with a chronicle of his experience learning to operate and maintain the press. Chelsea Jeffery provides `Notes on Early Printing in the Yukon', including a few tidbits of history from the Whitehorse Star.
Recurring features include the Rogues' Gallery, featuring a profile of Bill Poole, and Richard Kegler’s discussion of the letterpress curiosity Alpha-blox. Kandid Kamera shares photos from a celebration of Robert R. Reid's 90th birthday and 69 years of designing and printing.
The front cover image by James Reaney is after a watercolour called The Typewriter. The keepsake is a portrait of Bill Poole, engraved on wood and printed letterpress by George A. Walker on paper donated by the Japanese Paper Place.
Large-format posters from the exhibition `Robert R. Reid, Celebrating His 90th Birthday and 69 Years of Designing and Printing'. Credit: Don McLeod.