from the deep: Block Books by Tim Mosely
George Petelin, Griffith University, June 2014
Tim Mosely’s works address three issues: the tradition of the book, the nature of the print, and the haptic experience of these. Curiously, the earliest form of book—that of Assyrian cuneiform impressed in clay tablets— employed relief, just as classical carving into stone tablets subsequently did. However, half a millennium passed before someone applied ink onto that relief in order to make a print. The emergence of pictorial relief prints, rather than that of moveable type, was judged by William Ivins Jr., founding curator of prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to have been the greatest advance in civilisation since the invention of writing itself.