Dirk Hagner ~ California

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Dirk Hagner, Printmaking Arts: "For an artist there are always projects to work on. Things which do not leave us alone, which have to be tried and brought to a conclusion. Often, they are not part of an ongoing body of work. Projects have a broadening and sometimes liberating effect on the work as they tend to widen the gamut of expression and technique. Many times they lead to new directions to be pursued in depth and yield new bodies of work."
   
Dagger
Quotation by William Shakespeare
Book design by Dirk Hagner
San Juan Capistrano, California: Dirk Hagner, [2016]. Edition of 15.

11.75 x 4"; single opening. Letterpress printed. Bound in black-paper-covered boards with title in red on front board. Triangular pull out on back board for displaying upright. Laid in white two piece craft box with title on lid. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Dirk Hagner: "The subject is Shakespeare's 'Is this a dagger I see before me?' from Macbeth."
$535

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Koan
By Dirk Hagner
San Juan Capistrano, California: Dirk Hagner, 2014. Edition of 35.

Triangular shaped book: 5 x 5 7" closed: 5 x 42" extended. Printed on 250 gms 100% rag paper. Bound in paper covered boards with ribbon tie closures. In black lidded box. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Dirk Hagner: "This new artist book is a americanized play on one of the most well-known koans of Zen Buddhism. It reads: "When you meet the Buddha on the road, driving a Chevy, kill him!"
$300

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Sengai's Universe
By Dirk Hagner
San Juan Capistrano, California: Dirk Hagner, 2014. Edition of 30.

7 x 10"; 3 fold accordion structure. Letterpress printed on 250 gm rag paper. Text in English and Japanese. Bound in paper over boards with inset titles in English and in Japanese. Signed and numbered by Hagner.

Dirk Hagner: "Sengai's Universe is based on the Japanese Zen monk Sengai's 18th century famous brush painting of the universe. The text that follows is used in the book, in English and Japanese.

"For more interest I made it reversible. It can be read from right to left, as it really should be with the Japanese text on the left. However, it can be put upside down and read western style, left to right, with the English text on the left. Important is to maintain the sequence of circle, triangle and square."

This is Sengai's depiction of the universe. The circle represents the infinite, and the infinite is at the basis of all beings. But the infinite in itself is formless. We humans, who are endowed with senses and intellect, demand tangible forms. Hence a triangle. The triangle is the beginning of all forms. Out of it first comes the square. A square is the triangle doubled. This doubling process goes on infinitely and we have the innumerable multiplicity of things, which is called ‘the ten thousand things’, that is, the universe.

$350


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Where?
By Dirk Hagner
San Juan Capistrano, California: Dirk Hagner, [n.d.]. Edition of 25.

5.75 x 3.75 closed, extends to 24.5 x 15.5". Letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper. Bound in paper-covered boards. Laid in black storage box with title printed in white and handwritten edition number on lid. Signed and numbered by the artist.


Dirk Hagner: "Wordplay on the Buddhist notion that there is no 'there' - only a 'here.' Whenever one gets 'there' one is actually 'here.' Tomatoes, potatoes ..., either, neither ..."
$285

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Wislawa
By Dirk Hagner
San Juan Capistrano, California: Dirk Hagner, [n.d.]. Edition of 30.

11.25 x 7.25" closed, extends to 11.75 x 30". Accordion structure with four folds. Letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper. Black paper-covered boards with silver titling and multicolored thread tie closure. Housed in black lidded box with title in white and hand written edition number on lid. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Dirk Hagner: "The album uses a quote from Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska employing texting as a means to allow use of larger type in the letterpress process than would be normally possible. 'All is mine and nothing owned for memory, and mine only while I look.' Much like a jpeg photograph the words compress when texted to fewer letters; however, when read, it 'resurrects' to the full wording. It allowed the effective use of some pied wood type."
$465


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