Felicia Rice Guest on Artists on Art for 6/27/11

Book Printer, Visual Artist, Felicia Rice came on the show to talk about her current exhibit, The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses at the Stanford Cantor Art Center that runs, June 1 – August 28, 2011.

With her  Moving Parts Press, Felicia has published handsome and innovative books, broadsides and prints since 1977.  She collaborates with visual artists, performing artists and writers to create book structures in which word and image meet and merge. She employs traditional typography and bookmaking methods in conjunction with digital technology, bringing the flexibility of screen-based design to the texture and history of the letterpress-printed page.

Moving Parts Press, Documentado/Undocumented (Relia Box), Work in progress. Courtesy of Felicia Rice.

During the show, we talked about her collaboration with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Jennifer A. González, and Gustavo Vazquez. It was love at first sight when I saw this “work-in-progress” museum installation in a box, multi-media book/altar/suitcase art piece. This piece defies the common understanding of “book.”

Moving Parts Press Codex Espangliensis from Columbus to the Border Patrol, 1998, Stanford Library Special Collections

This was the second time that Felicia was guest on Artists on Art. The first time was when Felicia was one of the recipients of the 2008 and 2009 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship Program at The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and had a wonderful exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

The Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 pm weekdays and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177.

Our show can be heard in entirety by clicking on the play button:

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Here’s a video of Felicia talking about the show and the other people in the exhibit: