‘Though an angel should write, / still ’tis devils must print.’— Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
DEVIL’S ARTISAN #76, SPRING/SUMMER 2015
Featuring the work of printmaker Tony Calzetta and some other nice stuff as well
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For more information about the contents of this issue and for a photograph of of Tony Calzetta’s book sculpture, How God Talks in His Sleep, please push the arrows in the bottom right of this window
DA 76 (Spring 2015) features Tom Smart's "Fabulous Peculiarities", an exploration of the prints, drawings, paintings and bookworks of Tony Calzetta. Smart chronicles Calzetta's early influences in order to document the evolution of the artist's unique and complex visual aesthetic. The article further explains how Calzetta's artistic background led him to create a collaborative visual narrative with poet Leon Rooke and printmaker Dieter Grund, entitled How God Talks in His Sleep and Other Fabulous Fictions.
The issue also includes a sampler of fanciful wood engravings from Jim Westergard's upcoming collection of historical portraits, Oddballs.
Recurring features include Richard Kegler’s discussion of Goudy’s Aries Typeface, as well as the Rogues' Gallery, featuring a profile of Dieter Grund. Kandid Kamera documents a meeting to consider the theatrical possibilities of Tony Calzetta's Fabulous Fictions.
The cover and keepsake images digitally manipulated and coloured graphite sketches by Tony Calzetta. The cover image is entitled Cézanne's Muse, while the keepsake is called Love Has Kissed Me in a Beautiful Place.
Close up, as Tony discovers, there's this thing about the burden of tithing and the lure of open graves. Credit: Don McLeod.
The Devil’s Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.
To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine’s Quill, December 2008.
The Devil’s Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support
of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.