In this world of hi tech, where the digitizing of everything is now the norm, it is most welcome to be invited to an exhibition devoted to the simple craft of putting writing instrument to paper and producing something special. Something that has the possibility — both to the artist and the viewer, of inspiring awe.
Working on the computer has its positive side, but one aspect is missing — risk taking. With the simple command of “undo” in our graphics programme, one can go back in time and “take back” the last move. Not so in real calligraphy. There is no going back. One must live in the present and make the best of it. Like a swordsman, one must go forward with confidence and skill — or pay the consequence.
Every culture has taken this craft in a slightly (and sometimes greatly) different direction. For me personally it will be a fascinating experience to interact with both the works of calligraphic art and perhaps more importantly the artists themselves. Seeing and listening to the public′s reaction to the works will be most interesting too. I want to thank you for this unique opportunity.
Song of Songs (spread)
Limited-edition book, published and designed (including Hebrew font design) by Izzy Pludwinski, with illustrations by Mordechai Beck, 2002.