I’ve been having a great time working with Karen Brummund and Allison Grant on our collaborative project Tracing Thin Air. The exhibition portion of the project opens Friday at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A one-night-only video and sound installation will follow in early December.
Here’s a virtual tour of the Book As Art, Vol. 13: Transformation exhibit that Half Premonitions of the Moon, the collaborative piece Sarah Bryant and I made. Our piece is highlighted at 7:34. Sarah has another piece in the gallery that is featured at 6:27 in the video.
I’m pleased to participate in an online artist tomorrow talk highlighting the book artist Mary Ann Sampson. I met Mary Ann and saw her work at her current exhibit at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. Her artwork is inventive, playful, improvisatory, and full of characters as well as character (also it’s often on gorgeous paper…) She’s a delight to visit with, too, so this conversation promises to be plenty of fun.
Here’s more about Mary Ann from the Wiregrass announcement: “Masters in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Is an active member of the Guild of Book Workers. Founder of the One-Eye Opera Company – which publishes limited edition letterpress books, custom bookbinding and unique editions.”
“Handmade books are a personal stage and a memory stick for a life lived…a field for random thoughts and imagination. Flat works and three dimensional pieces are mostly singular ideas that have fallen off the pages. It’s the plurality of techniques and materials that make them seem different.”
I had a great time working with poet John Barger on this music to accompany his poem and family footage. John already has another book out, but don’t miss his Resurrection Fail that contains this poem.
I’m particularly fond of “At the Barnes Museum on a Cold Fall Afternoon” as a testament to the twinning and twining of art/poetry/life that happens so often in museums.