Dan Walsh: Minimalist at Play
Over the course of the past 25 years, New York–based artist Dan Walsh has incorporated book production into his artistic practice, receiving wide acclaim for his virtuosic and playful artist’s books. Walsh works within the minimalist tradition, which is often characterized as cold and austere. However, he brings a warmth to his productions by exposing his process and the variations created by the human hand. Subtle imperfections play out on the pages of his books in the form of irregularities of line, brushstroke, and coloration. Ultimately, Walsh challenges himself and the viewer to remain present by focusing on the minute details while remaining open to the broader possibilities within a highly controlled environment.
The nine books on view feature Walsh’s adept skills with a range of media including watercolor, acrylic, ink, and pencil, as well as a host of technical processes such as woodcut printing, cut paper, and bookbinding.