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"The Athenaeum"     copyright Brad W Foster 1984

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The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum


--PRINT IMAGE SIZE-- 21 1/2" X 15 3/4"(w x h)
--PRINT PAPER SIZE-- 23" X 17" (w x h)
--MATTED SIZE-- 28" X 22" (w x h)

   This piece is subtitled "The Ultimate Library", an endless room that contains one copy of every book that has ever been published. The library goes upward and onward forever, though it does have a beginning: the very first books, where the shelves contain rocks, wood, and other surfaces that have had words inscribed into them. Since new volumes are being constantly added, books are arranged in a mostly chronological order, as reshelving an almost infinite number of books with each new acquisition could probe to be more than merely difficult. Think of it as the world's greatest used book store, where you might have a specific title in mind when you enter, but simply digging around through all the shelves you find copies of other books you hadn't even realized you couldn't live without! And, in a library that contains a copy of every book ever published, who knows what treasures you will find? (A great companion piece to this print is The Librarian. Check it out.)
   The drawing itself is an optical illusion, designed with what I call either a "traveling vanishing point", or, more elegantly a "vanishing line". In nature,parallel lines will always converge at a single point on the far horizon, the "vanishing point". But to emphasize the sheer size and "never-endingness" of this image, I've moved the vanishing point just a bit higher for each new level. An impossible vision in reality, but quite striking when detailed in pen and ink.
   (A final word on the title: It is derived from the Greek, and refers to a temple of Athena, an institution to study literature and art, a library or reading room.)

--Info on the printing process, plus care & feeding instructions--
This is an open-edition print, created from a film negative made directly from the original pen and ink artwork, then retouched by the artist, and printed by offset lithography on Starwhite paper stock. Mounting and matting materials are either low-acid or acid-free. To maintain the quality of this work, do not display it where it will be exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods, or to extremes of temperature or humidity. I also recommend that you look at it once it is up on your wall (at least six times a week is considered the minimum), or else it will get sad and lonely, and the tear-stains will make it look less attractive.

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