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The Art of Print

Original post made by John Barry on Nov 1, 2009

The word print in the English language precedes Guttenberg by about 200 years. It derives from the Old French priente, "impression," as in an impression pressed into a surface such as paper that will accept a substance such as ink that will make the impression on the surface.

The art of print is dying, as exemplified by the Danville Weekly's going to an online-only format. It's an unfortunate development. Print is a visual as well as a tactile medium. To belabor a cliché: you can't hold a computer screen in your hands and peruse pages.

On the other hand, paper kills trees, but e-waste is extremely toxic. Anyway, the move to online media is an inevitable evolutionary development, so a-blogging I will go.

The art of "blogging" is, in my case, simply posting my columns online instead of having them appear in print. I'll still write about the local art scene—visual, performance, written, print. There's a wealth of diverse artistic expression out there, and I hope to explore as much of it as I can.

But I can't uncover it all by myself. Any ideas/suggestions will be most appreciated.

I want to thank Dolores for giving me the opportunity to continue writing "Art Space"; I hope it will make a good impression on readers' eyeballs.

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