Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Crash of Rhinos

DETAIL crashRhino670DETAIL crashRhino669I've always loved terms of venery. My copy of An Exaltation of Larks (by James Lipton) is jokingly subtitled or, The Venereal Game. The terms of venery are those weird collective nouns, sometimes evocative, sometimes odd and obscure, for groups of animals (and other things). Like, "a crash of rhinoceri" or "an exaltation of larks" or "a murder of crows".

This linocut shows a crash of rhinos in all senses of the words. Though would one really need multiple rhino before a "crash" would be a good description? Luckily, my crash of rhino are all on paper. These three are all headed for collision. The typography of the words represents their meaning; "crash" appears to implode and the stout letters of "Rhinos" are adorned with horn-like serifs.

I considered the various versions of the name of the beast and its plural. Apparently, all of the following are acceptable: several rhino, rhinoceros, rhinos, rhinoceroses, or rhinoceri. I prefer the elegance of rhinoceri over the absurdity of rhinoceroses (say that out loud five times fast), but decided that "rhinos" has the advantage of being pithy and obviously plural.


These linoleum block printed rhinoceri are printed in dark gold ink with gold and turquoise words on Japanese kozo, or mulberry paper. Each print is 12.5" by 10" or 31.7 cm by 25.4 cm in dimension. There are 6 prints in the edition.

This is the first of a new series.

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