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ETC Press is an international collaboration between two women: a German and an American. Daniela Deeg works as an independent printmaker and book artist, as well as an art director in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Cynthia Delaney Lollis is a professor of printmaking and book arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA.
Not only are the differences between their two languages addressed in all of their collaborative work, but also the differences and similarities of their cultural touchstones.
They often travel together while working on books, to gather images and absorb the character of countries other than their own: where they are outsiders together.
ETC Press’ work has been exhibited internationally, including a two-person exhibition at Galerie DRUCK & BUCH, Tübingen, GERMANY and The Boston Printmakers 2011 North American Print Biennial juried by artist, Jim Dine. The Biennial juror selected their book, Risk.Risiko, for the Boston Printmakers Purchase Prize, and it was placed in the Boston Public Library Special Collections.
Collectors of their books and prints are museums, national libraries, academic libraries, and private libraries in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
Among other publications, Lollis and Deeg's collaborative work claim a chapter in the book, Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists.
Cynthia Delaney Lollis
Born in Paris, France. Studied at Mount Holyoke College (BA 1990), The Corcoran College of Art and Design, The University of Georgia (MFA 2000). Lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Born in Creglingen, Germany. Studied at the Freie Kunstschule Stuttgart, Hochschule Pforzheim (Diplom-Designerin 1995), The University of Georgia (MFA 2000). Lives and works in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
To see more work by ETC Press, please visit http://etcpressbooks.com.
Interior Landscapes / innere Landschaften, 2015
Suite of nine screenprints on found wallpaper
30 x 40 cm
The Interior Landscapes / innere Landschaften is a suite of nine prints forming a grid of found papers. No papers are repeated in the 12 editions; each configuration is a unique set of prints. The artists each found themselves experiencing personal periods of significant transition at the onset of this project. While focusing on a theme of living spaces, they created these screenprints of nature in an urban environment inserted into the shapes of domestic objects. The viewer may see through to open landscapes only through the close study of these household objects printed on a variety of wallpapers. The prints collectively represent uncertainty during changing times, as well as depict the tension between domestic and external realms.
Luftperspektive / Aerial View, 2012
Munken Polar, flexible 3D plastic covers, gray board box; double-sided accordion, offset lithography
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 cm
Luftperspektive / Aerial View is a collaborative book made by two women: a German and an American. Photographs in this double-sided accordion book afford 360º panoramic views of the two artists’ cities: Stuttgart from the Television Tower (Fernsehturm Stuttgart) on one side, and Atlanta from the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel on the other. A poem by Rainer Maria Rilke is handwritten into the silhouettes of native birds circling above the landscapes. This artists’ book, about varying and shifting perspectives, is as light as air in one’s hands.
Ein Würfelwurf kann den Zufall nicht abschaffen / A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance, 2011
Römertum Cristalla, bookscrews, vinyl cover, greyboard box; stab binding, screenprint
34.5 x 23 x 2.5 cm
Printed at Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium Ein Würfelwurf kann den Zufall nicht abschaffen / A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance is a screenprinted artists' book that began with a word list the artists started in 2001. The list was revisited and each artist contributed new words, offering it new perspectives of time and place. The photographs and illustrations were made by the artists while working together over ten years. They quote the 1914 poemby Stéphane Mallarmé, "Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard" as reinterpreted by the Belgian artist, Marcel Broodthaers in 1969.
Römerturm Cristalla, Römerturm Mohair, clear plastic sheeting, grayboard box; double-sided accordion, screenprint
23.5 x 30 x 3.5 cm
Printed at Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium
Risk.Risiko is a screenprinted, accordion book comparing life's risks to gambling. Photographs, taken by the artists, feature sites and objects from iconic gambling towns found in their two respective countries: Baden-Baden (Germany) and Las Vegas (USA). Seven categories of risks are explored via statistics: relationships, water, money, travel, careers, health and weather. The first line of text is from a journal entry written in 1857 by the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, and the second is a Russian proverb. Tolstoy describes a gambling loss, where as the proverb on the book's reverse side demonstrates a luckier aspect of risk.
12:38 - 14:16, 2006
Gmund Color, acetate, translucent white plastic sheeting, linen thread, greyboard box; star accordion, screenprint
20 x 15 x 4 cm
Printed at Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium
12:38 - 14:16 is a screenprinted star accordion book with photographs taken in New York City in May 2006. It represents a journey beginning at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue at 41st, ending at the southern edge of Manhattan in Battery Park. The artists stopped every seven minutes to photograph down the middle of the street for the front (and up the street for a return trip on the back). Inside this accordion, one looks through seven minutes – from the outer street-scapes to inner ones – via seven views.