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in the gallery . . .
An all star group show featuring a lil of this, and some of that. Favorite works from 2018 solo shows make a reprise (including two works by Lisa Creed and several books from the Click! photobook exhibit), and the eight artists who have exhibits here in 2019 all share at least one work in the exhibit.
Big thanks to Jim Henderson and The Rageweed Brass who played on our front porch for our last reception of 2018. Short video clip here of the band.
Upcoming Exhibits on the Main Gallery Wall.
*please know we always have work by over 20 established craftspersons and artists in a wide range of media throughout the gallery as well as a curated book stall featuring artist monographs and musueum catalogues and other books not often found in bookstores. We carry a large amount of unframed works in print bins and flat file drawers.
JAN/FEB Beirut: Photography by John Bechtold
Reception: Sat. Jan 26; 2–4pm
3:00 short artist talk and reading/booksigning for
The Father Box: Words by John Lane/Photos by Rob McDonald
Paintings, Sculptures, and Assemblages by Rachel Goodwin
JULY/AUG Paintings by Noah Saterstrom
NOV/DEC Paintings & Prints by Revere La Noue
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The Father Box
Words by John Lane | Photographs by Rob McDonald
Award-winning writer John Lane kept a box for many years of what was left from his father’s life up until he committed suicide in 1959 when John was five years old. In the box are letters, photos, objects, and papers comprising nearly everything John knows about his father. The pieces suggest a man’s origins in rural North Carolin; they also document his service in a World War on another continent and trace his return home. Two years ago, John loaned the box to Rob McDonald and asked him to contemplate its contents through the lens of his camera. These are the photographs that Rob made and the poems and short essays John wrote.
This is a project about artifacts and memories. It is about what remains of lives that came before us, lives which set the path for our own.
This fine press book was published at the end of 2018 in a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered copies. Covers were a mix of Indigo and letterpress printing, the interior 36 pages were printed on heavyweight 100lb Mohawk Superfine eggshell paper, and the books were hand-sewn with linen thread. 8 x 10 inches. $30. (plus $5 s&h)
To order a copy simply email email@example.com or call 919.949.4847. Or visit Rob’s website for online ordering. Or email John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goat Light: Home in Words and Pictures
Tom Rankin and Jill McCorkle
This Horse & Buggy Press fine press book will be published in the spring of 2019. Goat Light will provide focused reflections by Rankin & McCorkle upon their home and farm north of Hillsborough in Orange County, an oasis of beauty quietly tucked away from the increasingly frenetic pace of the Triangle region. The large trim size, 96 page book will weave together many layers; including black and white images made by Tom with large and medium format view cameras and lovingly brought to life in his wet darkroom on their land; digital color cell phone pictures taken on the move by Tom over the past eight years; and stories and writing by both Jill and Tom about life with their collection of animals that populate their land along the Eno River. The beauty of the Piedmont landscape is the underlying constant as times and lives and light change through the seasons and over the years.
For full details, please see the book announcement here which also has ordering information.
The John McWilliams mongraph “Sons and Father” that we produced to accompany his exhibit at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC was awarded the Fine Art Press category of the 33rd annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Publication Award Competition by The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). It also received Honorable Mention in the category of Exhibition Catalogues from the 2017 American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Publications Design Competition. The books are for sale at the Halsey and here in the gallery, where we also curate a lil bookstore which includes a nice array of other titles published by the Halsey.
Two 2017 Book Projects
Paul’s Hill: Homage to Whitman is a 96 page poetry title by the current NC poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, that also features drawings by his son Jake. The covers are letterpress printed by hand on 100lb Colorplan stock with cover flaps, and the interior was printed in two colors on heavier weight paper, but the book sells for just $16. Shelby grew up, and still lives, on a farm in Johnston County and the writing deals with some of the changes the area has endured. This title was published by Sir Walter Press and we do have copies for sale here in the gallery.
“With ‘Song of Myself’ as his touchstone, assuming the bardic persona, Shelby Stephenson revisits Whitman’s ecstatic aria and checks it against that which Whitman could only guess. Realist to Walt’s romantic, Stephenson celebrates what remains authentic in our contemporary South even as he realizes what’s drawn “close, between myself and the world” will not hold. Part blues, part hymn, part barbaric yawp of great, old country classics, this collection lives in the understanding that “history changes one chord at a time.”—John Hoppenthaler, author of Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press), winner of the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award.
Shelby is the third NC poet laureate I've had the honor of working with. (Kay Byer’s Southern Fictions and Joseph Bathanti’s The Sonnets of the Cross were books I designed and produced for Jacar Press and there are a few copies of each remaining).
The book was reviewed here by Grace Calieveri.
The Fabric of Raleigh/The Fabric of Durham is a hardcover book of portraiture by Christer Berg whose approach combines the spontaneity of street photography with the formal qualities of studio photography. The dual direction 120 page book essentially has two front covers, with the Raleigh and Durham content starting from opposite ends and meeting in the middle. The layered book also features writings by the subjects themselves discussing the find pride and challenges they find in their work, activities, and community; behind the scenes images of where and how the portraits were made; and an illuminating scholarly essay by Roger Manley, the current director of the Gregg Museum, that contextualizes Christer’s approach within the history of art photography. The book retails for $45 and is available for sale here in the gallery, at Christer's website, and select bookstores in the Triangle.
Additionally, we created a limited edition of giclee/letterpress art prints that integrates three images with a text excerpt. These broadsides are 17 x 22 inches and you can see them in their full framed glory here at the gallery. Digital pictures don’t do them justice. The giclee images are noteworthy for their amazing depth and the toothy texture of the printmaking grade paper beautifully shows off the letterpress impression.