A lecture at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
—given by Dider Mutel, Artist, Author, Bookmaker
In 2013, Didier Mutel will re-open the historical etching studio "the Atelier Georges Leblanc" originally founded in Paris, 1793, by M. Rémond. This lecture will address and attempt to answer questions such as: what meaning, what potential, what rationale does 18th-century engraving have in a 21st-century world? Beyond the formal contemplation of the Atelier's material treasures and artifacts, by what means can we understand the links between traditional techniques and today's world? Is it worth considering such questions? What relationship can be developed between printing tools from the 18th- and -19th centuries and today's cutting edge technologies? How can a positive relationship between these elements be generated to open our field to a wider audience? We are, right now, in a transition period with many challenging goals in front of us. By redefining new processes and new aesthetic paradigms, we will re-establish the heritage of the engraving studio for many more years, and many more creations.
Didier Mutel was born in 1971. He has always been actively involved in the arts, and especially enthusiastic about engraving. In 1986 he entered the École Estienne in Paris where he trained in the traditional methods and techniques of the book arts, including etching, engraving, calligraphy, and bookbinding. In 1988, he joined Pierre Lallier in the Atelier Leblanc, the oldest engraving studio in Paris, founded in 1793. In 1991 he began producing and exhibiting his first artist book: Oiseaux. Since then, about 50 artist books have appeared from his press. His work always explores the links between traditional techniques and contemporary applications. In 2008 the Atelier Leblanc was evicted from their longtime home and Pierre Lallier transferred the historical studio to Didier Mutel, which he will reopen in fall 2013.
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