Tracing Thin Air Exhibit

Hopson: Average Color of the Sky Every Minute for 24 Hours – 20220915

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.

November 4 – 18
Tracing Thin Air Exhibition
Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center
Tuscaloosa AL
Opening reception: Friday November 4 5-7pm

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Tracing Thin Air is supported by the Verdant Fund.

Virtual Tour: Book as Art

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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.

The exhibit is supported by the Decatur Arts Alliance, Georgia Center for the Book, the DeKalb Co. Public Library, and DeKalb Library Foundation.

Artist Talk: Book Arts with Mary Ann Sampson

virtual artist talk: book arts with Mary Ann Sampson and Holland Hopson

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.

The event is free. Registration is required.

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.”

Mary Ann Sampson

Saturday in Inwood, My Eighth Birthday, August, 1977

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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.

Tracing Thin Air: Drawing Party

Bring a pencil and a friend!
Tuesday September 20
22nd Avenue between 7th & 8th Street
(one block south of Government Plaza near Alcove & Monarch)

This project is created by Karen Brummund, Allison Grant, & Holland Hopson with many supportive community members and funding by the Verdant Fund.