|Artist / Creator||Matthew Rieck|
|Press Name||27th Letter Press|
|Place of Publication||Rochester, NY|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress|
|Paper Stock||80 lb cover stock|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8.5 x 8.5 inches|
|Edition Size||Open edition|
|Signed & Numbered||Unsigned|
This print was inspired by a 2015 visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Upon returning, I set out to create a print using Alpha-blox modular metal type, which in a way mimics the tiles used by the Moors. Over a few days in July 2015 I composed this print and then let it sit on a galley until September 2016. When I returned to it, I only altered the blue center designs. I chose gold ink because of the palatial nature of Alhambra, and the blue ink evokes the power of water that courses through the Alhambra's many fountains.
Artist BioMatt Rieck came to book arts later in life and has found his passion in letterpress. Although he is a wood type cutter at Virgin Wood Type in Rochester, New York, he prefers to print with metal over wood type. Part of the reason for that preference stems from his lifelong interest in architecture, and he feels metal type translates better into pattern-making and other architectural elements in his prints.