Mortimer Rare Book Room: Peter Kitchell prints

Visit the MRBR in Neilson Library, to view the artist's elaborate collages, combining digital photographs with his own scanned artwork.

This is a detail of one of seven images in the “Rare Book Series” of prints given by the artist to the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Kitchell's work

In support of Peter Stallybrass’ research on Renaissance books, artist Peter Kitchell from Ashfield, Massachusetts, creates elaborate collages, combining digital photographs with his own scanned artwork. Kitchell sees his prints as collections of fragments of borrowed cultural “soul.” His current work, drawing from the traditions of western painting, Japanese woodblock printing, and the many possibilities of modern digital media, are recombinative visual “texts” that become more and more abstract as they develop.

In early 2005, Kitchell blended his own hand-painted surfaces, scanned into the computer as texture and color to use as Photoshop layers, with greatly enlarged details which he photographed from books in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College.

Hours

For Mortimer Rare Book Room hours information see http://www.smith.edu/libraries/hours.

Friends welcomed visitors to lecture

Peter Kitchell’s prints were briefly on display to mark a lecture by Peter Stallybrass: “Fingers in Pages: How to Read A Renaissance Book.” Kitchell originally photographed books in the rare book collection at Smith in support of Stallybrass’ research on Renaissance books. The prints now may be seen in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

For more information about the Peter Stallybrass lecture and other Friends events, please see Events of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries, or call (413) 585-2903.

Contact

Mary Irwin, Friends of the Smith College Libraries
Neilson Library
(413) 585-2903
mirwin@smith.edu