New and Noteworthy

Felicia Rice celebrates 40 years of books, broadsides, and prints

December 1–31, 2017
Friday–Sunday 12–5 pm

Opening reception: First Friday, December 1, 2017 5–9pm

Felix Kulpa II
209 Laurel St.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

In 1977 Felicia Rice set Moving Parts Press in motion. A letterpress printshop in downtown Santa Cruz, Moving Parts Press welcomed all kinds of print work, from business cards to book design. Then in 1981 Felicia published her first book, For Earthly Survival, by Santa Cruz poet Ellen Bass, the first of a series of handcrafted editions.

From the beginning the mission of the press was to give voice to those who would not otherwise be heard. For 40 years Felicia has collaborated with visual artists, performing artists, and writers to create book structures in which powerful language and striking images meet and merge.

Rice combines 19th-century bookmaking techniques with 21st-century digital technology to bring the flexibility of screen-based design to the texture and history of the letterpress-printed page. This exhibition includes books, broadsides, and prints from each of the periods that distinguish the 40-year history of Moving Parts Press.

Come celebrate a retrospective of 40 years of exploration of type, prints, books, and community!
More info: felixkulpa.com

 

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!
The 2016 article by Cathy deForest that features the print, Absence And Presence, by Felicia Rice.


Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática

CODEX mariachiTEXT
Guillermo Gómez-Peña

VIDEO
Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vazquez

SOUND
Zachary Watkins

COMMENTARY
Jennifer González

PRINTS AND BOOKWORK
Felicia Rice

In this sequel to Moving Parts Press’s 1998 publication, CODEX ESPANGLIENSIS, Felicia collaborates once more with performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and art historian/critic Jennifer González, as well as video artist Gustavo Vazquez and sound artist/engineer Zachary Watkins.

DOC/UNDOC features Gómez-Peña’s performance texts and Felicia’s relief prints and typography, accompanied by González’s critical commentary. It is housed in a hi-tech aluminum case containing a DVD, an altar, and a cabinet of curiosities. Opening the case triggers light and Watkins’s interactive sound art.

DOC/UNDOC WEBSITE


An excerpt from
FIVE HYMNS TO PAIN

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TEXT
Nazik al-Malaika

TRANSLATION
Hasain Haddawy

PRINT AND BOOKWORK
Felicia Rice

Dedicated to the literary and intellectual community of al-Mutanabbi Street, an old and established center for booksellling in the heart of Baghdad, this book was produced for the Al-Mutanabbi Street Project. The poem was written by one of the most influential contemporary female Iraqi poets.


EL ALFABETO ANIMADO
/ The Lively Alphabet / Uywakunawan Qelqasqat

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TEXT
Monica Brown

TRANSLATION 
Jenny Callañaupa Huarhua

DRAWINGS AND BOOKWORK
Felicia Rice

INSPIRATION
Katie Jennings

This project grew out of a dream. The fourth book in the Chicano/Latino Series, it is an alphabet book in Spanish, English and Quechua. The book is populated by hand-knit finger puppets set in scenes drawn and printed at Moving Parts Press on a rainbow of cloth from Cuzco, Peru.


COSMOGONIE INTIME
An Intimate Cosmogony

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TEXT
Yves Peyré

TRANSLATION
Elizabeth R. Jackson

DRAWINGS
Ray Rice

BOOKWORK
Felicia Rice

A sequence of five long poems in French and English with pochoir imagery throughout.


CODEX ESPANGLIENSIS
from Columbus to the Border Patrol

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TEXT
Guillermo Gómez-Peña

IMAGERY
Enrique Chagoya

BOOKWORK
Felicia Rice

This artists’ book chronicles and confronts  the realities and surrealities of border culture on the eve of the millennium.