The Goings On
We are proudly—and collaboratively—celebrating our anniversary with the exhibit "20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and friends)" which is currently at Cassilhaus, one of the true gems of the Triangle. The exhibit opened May 4, and the closing reception is Sunday, June 5 from 2-5pm. The exhibit then travels to CAM Raleigh where it will be on display from June 13-August 7. Several thematic programming events featuring H&B collaborators will be held during the CAM run, in addition to opening and closing receptions and the usual soirees on First Friday Raleigh.
We are excited to share favorite projects from our first two decades at these venues known for showcasing exciting work with amazing attention to detail. Along those lines, we reached out to many friends to produce custom pieces and create aesthetically rich reading environments in which to engage the work. This includes custom cherry bookshelves and bookstands by Evan Lightner; floor lamps and ash and upholstered leather chairs by Scott Howell; tables by Al Frega; a fun mixed media book rack by Tim Schrand that incorporates a ruler, leading strips, and pencils amongst the repurposed wood; and custom bench cushions made from vintage agricultural feed sacks and domestically produced leather by Jessica Ullom from Hawks and Doves.
The exhibit features all eighteen of the fine press book collaborations that bear the H&B imprint, including several titles long out of print. This will most likely be the last chance to purchase several other book editions.. A pair of 2016 book projects make their debut. Sons and Father is a 48 page book of wood engravings by John McWilliams and was produced in conjunction with his exhibit at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Journey is a 112 page book of photomontage by Catharine Carter which features text excerpts from Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Both titles feature letterpress printed covers, hand-sewn bindings, and a deluxe edition, lettered A-Z, features handmade paper covers and each of these deluxe edition copies includes a frameable print tucked inside the back cover. Many books which we've designed for other publishers are also on display, as well as exhibit catalogues designed for museums and galleries.
There are over 40 pieces of framed art by friends in the show (works pulled from the book collaborations; this includes a 30 by 42 inch photograph of West Virginia coal cars by Testify photogapher Roger May; a 6ft long H&B designed collage featuring images by Photourist photographer Andy Gershon; some absolutely amazing pen and ink drawings by Ippy Patterson from the Bestiary book; and copperplate engravings by Henrk Fantazos from Song of the Line). Additionally there are dozens of framed letterpress broadsides, posters, announcements and other print ephemera; music and film packaging projects and a listening station; and a selection of other design commissions which all contribute a historical, time capsule flavoring to the show. There are small-scale treasures and surprises for those who take the time to explore the nooks and crannies of the show.
Thematic programming events are being held at both venues. Everyone is invited. Interesting people will share amazing things. Dividends will be paid out to the initial stockholders in a grand public ceremony. There will be a pinata. There will be poignant and humorous stories, some of them may even be true.
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Open Studios on Third Fridays.
We continue to have open studios on the Third Friday of every month as part of Third Friday Durham. This is a fun time to come by and see new work. Hours are 6-9pm and we often have receptions for the guest artist exhibits in the Upfront Gallery. Sometimes we have special guests like the Poetry Fox or musicians doing their things out on the sidewalk.
U P F R O N T. .G A L L E R Y .
The relatively spacious Upfront Gallery features a curated guest artist exhibit area as well as a large display of Horse & Buggy Press projects (and other BCAC members' works). The H&B wall carries a range of book projects from collaborations with writers and artists that bear the Horse & Buggy Press imprint, book projects for other publishers, exhibit catalogues for museums, and other design projects, some which were letterpress printed in-house, many that were offset or digitally printed elsewhere, and a few that are a hybrid mix of printing processes.
R E C E N T . F I N E . P R E S S . B O O K S
Roses: from the Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
Translations and Essay by David Need
Pen and Ink Drawings by Clare Johnson
2014 .|. 224 pages .|. $30 *less than 10 copies of the first edition with letterpress covers remain. the second printing is in bookstores, if you would like the first edtion contact me directly.
Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia
Photographs by Roger May
Foreword by Silas House
2014 .|. amazingly, this edition of 300 has nearly sold out. We are hopeful a larger trade publisher will step in to release a second edition.
Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought
Photographs and Lyrical Essays Courtney Fitzpatrick
Maji Moto has been lauded far and wide including by the Paris Review, and Natural History Magazine.
Extensive info and images on the Maji Moto book and broadsides project can be found at this blogpost of Side Spur Ramblings (the official H&B blog). The books and broadsides are still on display and available for sale alongside other H&B work in the foyer gallery.
Website Update / Don't You Guys Have Any New Work to Share?
We're too busy to update the website. I used to claim this was a back burner project but in reality the pilot light went out quite some time ago. No doubt, it will get fired back up at some point and a kick-ass, updated website will emerge; but until then, this is what we got and if you want to see more recent work then please get in touch for a visit, stop by on a Third Friday open studio event, or request to see samples in the mail.