|Title||The Gravity Series|
|Subtitle||Three Canticles of Attraction|
|Artist / Creator||Casey Gardner|
|Press Name||Set in Motion Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Berkeley, CA|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates , carved linoleum blocks, pressure printing, monotypes. Digitally-printed volvelle|
|Structure / Binding||Hand sewn bindings in cloth-covered bookboard. Carrier Case is cloth-covered with hand-printed interior|
|Medium / Materials||.59 book board for three books and .98 book board for case. 18 neodymium-iron-boron Rare-Earth magnets embedded in back covers and case for fastening three books to case. Book cloth, linen thread, metal eyelet for volvelle|
|Paper Stock||Rives light weight, Rives heavy weight papers|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||6.5 x 13.25 x 1.5 inches|
|Edition Size||Limited edition of 39|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed & Numbered Edition|
This series of books reckons with gravity as a universal yet intimate phenomenon holding everything in perpetual motion and relationship. Each book explores how we live with influences we cannot always control, but rely upon; forces that we cannot see, but feel.
So finely tuned is gravity, that if its quantity had been infinitesimally altered, our universe could not have emerged and life would not exist. As one of the four fundamental forces of the universe, gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together as they reel around the cosmos, and precise enough to give weight to each individual held on earth. Like love, gravity is mysteriously irresistible; invisible yet essential.
Three books are invisibly held by magnets in a sturdy portfolio printed to reveal the science behind gravity, each of the three books tells a tale of this compelling universal force in relationships of falling, climbing and orbiting.
How To Fall:
Gravity guides our velocity into the unknown. In the language of life, there are many ways to fall: out of line, into place, through the cracks, apart.... Falling in love is a plunge of infinite permutations, and varying weights. This sublime catapult can be exhilarating yet daunting when a new center of the universe emerges. Meanwhile, falling is a lapse of control, of abandon, and falling from grace can unleash havoc.
All There Is:
This book is about trust, finding your own center of gravity and moving your own weight. Climbing is a negotiation of gravity while tethered to another. We humans, ourselves forces of nature, must find our way through forces of nature. Sometimes holding on leads to progress, and sometimes, rising up calls for letting go. Included in this book is a fold-out map of a climbing route and conversation.
A Star Close Enough:
In orbits, two mutually attracted bodies revolve around a joint center of mass, located in the space between them. In relationship, two bodies move closer together and farther apart as they mediate their distance, following the shape of their orbital path. Meanwhile, our earth is gravitationally bound in the most propitious orbit around our sun, making us just the right distance to receive its life-giving energy. This book includes a volvelle held in an end-sheet pocket.
Artist BioCasey Gardner is a printmaker and book artist living in Berkeley, California. She writes, draws, prints and binds her own limited edition, letterpress-printed artist books with Set in Motion Press. Her multilayered narratives explore the complex relationship between humans and nature. Through stories and graphics she investigates the intersection of scientific understanding and human meaning. She has a BS in Journalism from UC Boulder and a BFA in Graphic Design and Printmaking from California College of the Arts. Her award-winning work is collected nationally and internationally, including in special collections of Yale, MIT, Harvard, and the Library of Congress.