On 4 December 2023 at 12.30 pm prof. Timothy Frerichs (The State University of New York at Fredonia) will give an open lecture "Timothy Frerichs, Artist Books - material as content" at the Titanic (Maironio g. 3), Room 112.

The "artist book" as an artistic genre is very popular with both students and professional artists. "The Artist's Book" can be found in all major exhibitions around the world, including the Venice Biennale of Art and Architecture. "The Artist's Book" is an interdisciplinary art that combines conceptualism and handmade work, and this is apparently the reason for its attraction. 

Prof. Timothy Frerichs has been teaching book art, "the artist's book" and estamp for many years at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and has given lectures and workshops at universities around the world. He is very popular at his university, and most of his students choose the "art of the book" he teaches. Prof. Timothy Frerichs' experience both as an active artist and as a teacher is therefore interesting to both students and teachers. 

Prof. Timothy Frerichs is a highly educated and cultured artist, who has had numerous solo exhibitions, participated in international art projects, and has been awarded prizes and scholarships. In his art projects, "artist's books" or etchings, he combines conceptualism with the use and fusion of different materials, such as metal, stone, shadow, handmade paper, different printing techniques, etc., to materialise the idea of the work. 

Prof. Timothy Frerichs thoughts on one of his artistic projects, showing his approach to art:

„Navigation – is a practice of constantly evaluating a trajectory (guided by past and current cultural technological approaches) while adapting to a moving “ground”. It must be understood that engaging a navigation process transforms the ground on which it operates. For Navigation, using referenced and recognized landmarks is a necessary strategy for attempting to engage and understand the abstract.

I have been using the Navigation process for art making during the majority of my professional career. This manifests in work engaging a variety of media, imagery, and layered approaches. My goal is to visually connect various established representation forms and philosophical approaches. My curiosity in knowledge formation processes drives my conceptual framework.  In particular, I enjoy investigating how culturally accepted concepts evolved, have become mainstream, and influence the world we habitat. I strive to create a visual dialogue examining how imaging, collection systems, and mapping processes (whether scientific or cultural), represent our perceptions of the natural world. I am especially interested in how these combined perceptions influence our interactions and intentional and unintentional impact on the world.  

The drawing process is a vital tool for investigation, idea generation, and knowledge formation. As such, drawing is an underlying structure and vehicle for my work. The modern, scientific processes of mapping, griding, and layout schematics heavily influence my resulting formal image area and composition. Responsible practice, material selection, and context is reflected in the physical quality and overall content.“

Project sponsor:  Education Exchanges Support Foundation, Vilnius Academy of Arts
Project curator: Kęstutis Vasiliūnas, Department of Graphic Arts