About the exhibit


Alice Shaw
Alisa Golden
Betsy Davids
Bettina Pauly
Casey Gardner
Charles Hobson
Julie Chen
Karen Sjoholm
Kat Howard
Lucia Dill
Lucy Childs
Macy Chadwick
Mandie Rider
Michael Henninger
Nance O'Banion
Reiko Fujii
Thomas Rockwell


Casey Gardner

Berkeley, California


Matter, Antimatter, and so Forth

Lettra paper, Glama paper, water color pencils

9½ x 6 x 1

© 2013

edtion size: tbd

$ 1000

This is a book of seven stories about seven missions into seven celestial realms to investigate seven vital components of universal understanding: light, gravity, time, matter, infinity, and science. The seven folios are displayed in a star cluster and best read in sequence, but can be enjoyed randomly. Each folio includes a dispatch and layers of translucent exposures. These multi-layered artifacts represent illumination by referencing the time after the creation of the universe when particles coalesced and stabilized between matter and energy, making the universe transparent and allowing light to travel freely through space. The title of the book refers to a time soon after the big bang, when, a small preponderance of matter over antimatter was produced. This asymmetry gave rise to all that exists in the universe, explaining why we have something, rather than a vast nothingness. Ah! Letterpress printed with digitally printed transparencies.

Ideation Cards:

technique: mixed media

layout: based on historical example

paper: transparent/translucent

text: process of erasure

image: self-generated

color: favorite

structure: unbound

adjectives: dissonant, overwhelming, intuitive, lyrical or musical, elegant or harmonious


Casey Gardner has a BFA in printmaking and graphic design from California College of the Arts. At CCA, she studied book art with several artists in this show: Macy Chadwick, Julie Chen, Betsy Davids, Alisa Golden and Nance O’Banion. Casey grew up in the mountains of Colorado. After graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in journalism, she worked in newspaper and magazine publishing. She lives in Berkeley, CA, making books and working as a graphic designer with Oona Lyons at C+O design.

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