Circus The Artist As Saltimbanque
Walter Bachinski, Artist
The book is hand-set using Deepdene on 200 gsm Arches cover, it is quarter bound in cloth and Somegami paper and is housed in a cloth-covered slipcase. It has been designed jointly by Janis Butler and Walter Bachinski. Four fill page pochoirs and eight multi-colored linocuts created and executed by Walter Bachinski. Printing on a Vandercook Universal 1 and binding were done by Janis Butler. There were 55 copies published. This one, number 30, signed by Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler on the Colophon page. With the original prospectus laid in;
Many artists, writers, dancers, and musicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were drawn to the theme of the circus, often exploring the notion of the artist as a performer. Picasso & Cezanne, both of whom have influenced Bachinski, have made great circus paintings. He, himself, has used circus imaginery in many of his pastels and the circus has fascinated him ever since he was a little boy.
The book contains a variety of writings from this area loosely based on the idea of the artist and the circus. The authors include Apollinaire, Beaumont, Baudelaire, Miller, Rilke and Twain. The excerpts are different in both style and content; they are funny, surreal, serious and poignant. Together with the illustrations the hope of ths artist was to evoke the richness of the circus experience, where there are three rings of simultaneous activity, within something different happening in each one.