|Artist / Creator||Bryan Kring|
|Place of Publication||Oakland, CA|
|Process / Technique||Printed by hand on a 1929 Chandler & Price letterpress.|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion|
|Medium / Materials||Black ink letterpress, a continuous illustration that runs across all 16 panels plus a two color cover.|
|Paper Stock||100% cotton paper|
|Number of Pages||One sheet folded into 16 panels|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.75 x 3.75 inches; unfolded and flat, 38 x 3.75 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 100|
|Box / Wrapper||No|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
The main character in Sunken Heart has abandoned the world above the surface and, with all his material needs provided for, lives a very comfortable, if lonely, life below. This short tale of romance and adventure beneath the high seas unfolds across the panels of this accordion fold book. The original idea came from hearing stories about all of the containers ships that were spilling their cargo at sea. In one example, a container of Nike tennis shoes was lost. Because of the high cost of recovery, this treasure of shoes was left out there. Unfortunately, they were all left shoes.
Artist BioBryan Kring is a graphic designer, letterpress printer and book artist in Oakland, California. He was first featured here at 23 Sandy in our Pop Up Now! show in October of 2010. When I was in my early twenties I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be Ernest Hemingway with a bottle of rum in a grass hut on a beach in Cuba. I liked writing but I didn’t have any stories to tell. Instead I saw pictures so I took up painting. I went to art school and filled my home with canvases. When I ran out of space I turned to printmaking. I was seduced by the beauty of ink and paper and explored first etching and then later letterpress printing. Now, in my forties, as I play in the book arts I am having fun connecting the circle back to the writing.