Thomas Parker Williams
A Three Thousand Light Year Journey explores the concepts of time and space by constructing an accurately scaled 3D computer model of a section of the sky, created by the artist with CAD software and creating a musical composition using astronomical data.
5 Letterpress printed maps on Mylar, Digital prints 8 x 8.38 inches, with original music composition on CD, Video on DVD, Edition of 21. $225
Rhythm Grid began as an idea for a musical composition featuring only percussion and flute. Written drum parts were created using a grid of 16 numbers and simple mathematical formulas. 16 panels, reduction linocut prints (18 colors total), with “L” type wire binding (Panels extend to 40″). Booklet with musical score, panel legends and music CD composed, perfomed, and recorded by the artist, Enclosed in a linocut-printed, Tyvek-bound box with clear acrylic window. 6 x 6 x 1.25 inches, Edition of 25. $400Demonstration Video
Manayunk Bridge is an exploration of a railroad bridge built in 1918 in Philadelphia, PA, and unused since 1986. Wood case, 3D relief model of one of the arch sections of the bridge and a 7 page book of pinhole photographs by Mary Agnes Williams, drawings and Binding by Thomas Parker Williams, 12 x 9.5 x 2 inches, Edition of 5. $850
Celeste was inspired by ceiling paintings in Venice and James Turrell’s Skyspaces. 4 silver prints, 4 ink drawings digitally printed, bound with dyed paper and black Tyvek, 8.25 x 8.25 inches, Edition of 10. $250
Cycle Race has ten circular pages that hinge radially and illustrate the passing racers as they turn a corner, pass the viewer, and start up a hill. 10 die cut, 7 inch Diameter, radial fold out, laser print panels with slip case and original music composed, performed and recorded by the artist on CD. The music is divided into five sections: start, straightaway, hill climb, final strategy and sprint to the finish. Closed: 7 x 7 x .5 inches, Edition of 100. $50
6.75 (9.25 deep including hand wheel) x 10.25 wide x 4.25 inches high, original scroll ink drawing, 3.5 by 120 inches, tyvek, wood and aluminum, mechanical reel system and hand wheel, unique. $2000
5 x 11 x 1 inches closed, Digital print of original scroll ink drawing, 15 panels 3.5 x 157.5 total length, wood, and aluminum bound with black tyvek, Edition of 5. $375
5 x 11 x 1 inches closed, digital print of original scroll ink drawing, 13 panels 3.5 x 136.5 total length, wood, and aluminum bound with black tyvek, edition of 5. $375
Unique Book, metal pigments in oil medium on paper mounted on Tyvek with acrylic box. Closed: 9.5 x 11 x 2 inches, opens to 26 x 30 inches fully unfolded. Jasper’s 72 Triangles is a unique work inspired by the recent “Number” reliefs by Jasper Johns. Starting with the concept of a single number in a discrete area, in this case a double-sided triangle, and then connecting 36 double-sided triangles together, the book-painting becomes dynamic by folding into many different configurations of triangles for display. A folding diagram is provided as an aid to returning the book to the correct folded state to fit into its acrylic box. $600
Reduction linocut print with metal pigments on paper mounted on Tyvek with Mylar case, Size Closed: 7.5 x 8.5 x .5 inches opens to 22 x 25.5 inches fully unfolded, edition of 40. $175
6 silver gelatin prints and 3 painted wire sculptures (wood frames) bound with dyed Tyvek. Cover: galvanized steel sheet over davey board with painted wire title. Neon is a study of classic neon signs featuring three 1950s-era motels in Wildwood, NJ. Day and night photographs are combined with wire sculptures reproducing the neon tubes of each sign. The cover is made of thin gauge galvanized steel and the title of the book is also rendered in wire as brightly-colored neon tube. The book is bound with dyed Tyvek and can be opened to display any of the three sets of images or opened in a circular form to display all of the images. 7 x 10 x 1.5 inches closed, opens to 20 inches diameter. Edition of 5. $975
Eight uses eight different mathematical operations on the same set of eight random numbers (listed on the title page) to produce a framework of arcs and circles for eight sets of abstract drawings. Laser printed paper, painted cast acrylic covers, Size closed: 8 inches diameter, Size fully open: 16 inches diameter, Edition of 8. $350
Wave creates a model of a natural form by mathematical means. The wave is determined by a feedback function using random numbers illustrated by a drawing. The shapes were drawn with a CAD program and cut out to form the elements of the book. Paper, wood with cork cover, 7 x 8 x 1.5 inches, Unique. $800
Within a framework of hinged panels, Number Box constructs a series of lines made of polygons arranged on six double-pane transparent screens. The polygons were derived from a grid of numbers that changed order on every
line. The scale of each set of four polygons, 4 sets per line, was determined by applying a simple formula to each set of numbers. 6 hinged double-pane panels, wood frames with enamel and ink on Mylar. Enclosed in a stained and painted wood box, 5 x 12 x 8 inches, fully open, 7 x 74 inches, Unique, $1000
Wave Motion uses self-similar visual and musical forms to reproduce the experience of a natural feature, the motion of a wave breaking on the shore. The basic wave shape was produced using a series of random numbers to create six melodies of twenty-four notes each. The music was written out and the steps were graphed. Visually this wave pattern is
represented four ways. Materials: cut paper, laser print, Mylar cover, music CD. 6 x 10.5 inches, Edition of 150. $40
The Travelers are book objects with unique scroll drawings that are viewed through the windows on the top panels and move as the hand wheel is turned (on the unique version) or are moved by sliding the unfolded drawing through the case (in the editions). The viewer travels through imaginary landscapes as if in a moving vechicle, viewing an ever changing horizon.
Traveler No. 1 – The journey starts in a wooded area, moves over land, mountains, and into the sea, passes an island and comes to rest on a shore.
Traveler No. 2 – The journey starts in a desert oasis, moves over the edge of a canyon, moves down to the river and over a waterfall emerging over mountains and clouds and comes to rest on an arctic ice shelf. If desired, both journeys can be viewed in reverse.
Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia. His primary areas of work include hand-made artist book editions, painting, and printmaking. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element â€“ music or sound work â€“composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom’s paintings, prints, and artist books have been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and throughout the country, and are in numerous private and public collections, including the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University; Special Collections Department, Temple University Libraries; The Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Lafayette College, Special Collections; and the Ruth Hughes Collection of Artist Books, Oberlin College.