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


Michael A. Henninger

Lafayette, California


Alpha Scroll

Tyvek, marker, cloth, thread, wood, PVA glue

6 x 5¼ x 5¼ (unrolls to over 126)

© 2013

edtion size: unique

$ 725

The title “Alpha Scroll” is based on the idea of being first and on the idea of an alphabet. The sequence of images can be viewed as a narrative in the manner of a comic book. On careful inspection the reader may notice alphabet letters showing through from a layer underneath the images. It turns out that each image corresponds to the thing that gave rise to a corresponding ancient Cretan pictograph which in turn evolved into a Greek and then Roman alphabet letter.

Ideation Cards:

technique: hand-drawn and/or painted

layout: based on a grid

paper: minimal paper (emphasis on alternative material)

text: self-generated

image: self-generated

color: monochromatic

structure: single sheet binding

adjective: colorful, historical, allegorical, mystical or spiritual, mysterious or coded


Michael A. Henninger has been making book art for over 25 years under the Rat Art Press imprint, and his work is in public and private collections across the US and England. In addition to making art, he is a Professor of Art at California State University East Bay in Hayward, CA where he teaches Printmaking, Bookmaking, and Digital Arts.

to purchase any of the work in the exhibition, contact Alicia

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