Sample pages from Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground: From Point-to-Point
"The man, who remains unnamed, seeks to advance his career and find love, but, like many of us, spends most of his time tending the minutiae of daily life…. Xu’s Everyman is an icon — that is, an actual icon."
— Sheila Melvin (full article linked here)
Relief Print (linocut)
1. Think of 3 simple icons that represent something important about you. Draw them on a sheet of scrap paper.
2. Choose your favorite icon. Use a permanent marker to draw on your block. The icon should fill the block. Images will be reversed when you print them, so draw backwards if direction is important.
3. Carve out the white space on the block so your icon is the only flat raised area on your block.
4. Proof your icon 3 times
5. Print your icon in combination with at least two other icons so that you have a simple sentence. You can mix and match by borrowing blocks from other students.
6. Use one color of ink per icon.