The title Laying on of Hands refers to the transfer of divine life-force through ritual touching. In many religions the laying on of hands takes place in connection with consecration, initiation and sacrificial rites, the exorcism of evil spirits and the healing of the sick. The action marks a transition from one state to another, where matter is connected with the spiritual world through physical touch. The concept Laying on of Hands can thus be seen as a metaphor of the artistic process, where the spirit is manifested in the physical world through the work of the hand.
Lubok Verlag developed as publishing project following the encounter of artist Christoph Ruckhäberle with graphic designer and printer Thomas Siemon. Out of the shared fascination with artist books and the enthusiasm about graphic art arose the idea to publish graphic books with original linocuts by contemporary artists in high editions.
Lubok books are part of numerous libraries and graphic collections, including the National Library of Germany, the New York Public Library, the Bibliothèque Kandinsky of Musée National d’Art Moderne/ Centre Pompidou, the Centre d’Illustration Tomi Ungerer Strasbourg, the library of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg as well as the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, the Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf, and many others.
Laying on of Hands is an artist book illustrated throughout with 72 coloured images in offset print designed by Mintstudio, Copenhagen. It is a limited edition artist book and each copy is signed by Cathrine Raben Davidsen.
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