The Goings On
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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 fine press books from unique collaborations with writers and artists and bear the Horse & Buggy Press imprint, book projects for other publishers, and a wide range of smaller design projects, some which were letterpress printed in house and some that were offset or digitally printed elsewhere.
Book Projects for Other Publishers.
The beginning of 2015 saw the completion of two art photography books for Daniel 13. Photourist features the work of NYC based Andy Gershon. Muse features the large-format color photography of Gail Goers.
Photographer Gail Goers uses her 4×5 view camera to amplify a sense of place. Muse examines the solitary spaces of modern cities (within Germany and China). This is a large format, 72 page art photography book with exquisite production values to show off the power of these images.
The title, Muse, functions on multiple levels. That term so frequently refers to the object of the male gaze, to an elusive angel that must be summoned, or to a nude model. Goers offers a spin on this idea. Instead of female nudes, she presents stark landscapes – largely man-made, almost always prepared for, but devoid of, people. The photographer invites a shift of the word “muse” from a noun to a verb. She challenges viewers to muse upon the photographs, to meditate on these quiet spaces outside the pop, whiz, glamour, and speed of the modern city. In image after image, page after page, China morphs into Germany and Germany dissolves into China as the photographer jumps space while she pauses time.
Daniel 13 (based in Carrboro) functions as an eclectic, modern-day hybrid between a book publisher, record label, and film production company. At the heart of all projects is unfailing support for the artist’s vision and a commitment to seeing it properly executed. This is the third art book that Horse & Buggy Press has designed for Daniel 13.
I'm continuing to design the 27 Views series for Eno Publishers. The most recent edition was 27 Views of Greensboro which is now in bookstores. Wilmington is next in line.
Along those lines, I've desiged a book about the Carolina Friends School that will be also feature the 27 Views moniker which Elizabeth Woodman from Eno Publishers has graciously shared with the school (which is the publisher for this book). 27 Views of the Carolina Friends School is available for purchase at the school, area independent bookstores, and here at the H&B studio. This book was published on the 50th anniversary of the school.
Open Studios on Third Fridays.
Horse & Buggy Press continues to have open studios on the Third Friday of every month as part of Third Friday Durham. This is a great 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 . . .
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
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.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
I have designed the Full Frame program guide and broadsheet posters the last seven years. I have old program guides here at the studio for anyone who might be interested. They are a great resource for working on your netflix queue. (these are free, but *please* consider making a tax deductible donation to Full Frame, or even better become a member and support this great Durham-based festival)
Website Update / Don't You Guys Have Any New Work to Share?
The H&B website overhaul and update continues holding strong on the back burner. Miles Everett, me and Annie's first child, was born Sept. 23, 2011 and is a healthy growing boy. While he has pledged to be our IT support by 2018, he is taking up quite a bit of time, and we are enjoying the heck out of our time with him. . . so projects like website updates, and putting more recent work up in the digital showroom, tend to develop more slowly in favor of weekend excursions, field trips to museums, and digging around in the garden.
Please know I am working full-time at the studio on a variety of projects!
To see examples of recent work, please visit the studio during our foyer gallery hours on Fridays, or during our monthly Third Friday open house. I'm also happy to send samples out in the mail or schedule meetings to sit down with folks.