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in the gallery . . .
Look Through This: New Work by Rachel Goodwin
O P E N I N G R E C E P T I O N
Saturday, May 18; 5-7pm
with special musical guest Alex Weiss and Friends out front playing music featuring melodies and rhythms of Africa & the Americas.
This collection of new work by Rachel Goodwin employs a variety of media to explore the accumulation and regeneration of various kinds of circular forms. The circles seen in almost every piece range from drilled holes to carved pools to spheres arranged in various concentric and non-concentric forms.
The work presented ranges from several hanging “Balls & Beads" pieces assembled from found objects to multiple paintings on wood of halos, pawn figures and interconnected web forms to a carved disc of wood depicting a utopia, as if it could be found by accident within a trees’ trunk. Where possible all of the pieces reinforce the essential utility of re-use, leaning heavily on recycled post-consumer packaging and recycled wood.
Rachel works with paint, wood and found materials building paintings, collages and constructions. Her pieces create odd, disruptive, intense arrangements, where form and color accumulate, stack and interact. They suggest both a meditative and often playful visual language. Inspired by how we consume our world and dispose of it, her work resuscitates and transforms the old, broken, tortured objects we live with everyday.
This exhibit will be on display through June 29.
NEW ARTISTS in the gallery . . .
As seen above, we have new works coming into the gallery throughout the year, as well as new books in the curated book stall (including the hot off the press Blue Muse: Southern Photographs by Tim Duffy, featuring many years worth of his tintype work with musicians from across the Southeast whom he is helping in various ways with his work at Music Makers. Lenscratch article here for more info.
U P C O M I N G E X H I B I T S & E V E N T S
Faces and Places: Musicians, Artists, Writers, Activists, & Educators
New Paintings by Noah Saterstrom July 1 – Sept. 30
This exhibit will feature 50-60 new paintings honoring some of our favorite and living heros and sheros of our time. We will also be hosting ten salon events here in the gallery including literary reading, acoustic music performances, and history talks. These events will be free but ticketed (max capacity 40).
RECEPTIONS: Saturday, July 13; 5–7pm (with special musical guest Jim Henderson & the Ragweed Brass on the front porch)
& Saturday, Sept. 7; 5–7pm
Receptions are doubleheaders with Craven Allen Gallery,
which is located just down the block.
*please know we always have work by over 30 established craftspersons and artists in a wide range of media throughout the gallery as well as a curated book stall featuring artist monographs and museum catalogues and other books not often found in bookstores. We carry a large amount of unframed works in print bins and flat file drawers and Craven Allen Gallery & House of Frame extends a 10% discount on framing any work purchased here.
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— studio column —
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.949.4847. Or visit Rob’s website for online ordering. Or email John at email@example.com.
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 monograph “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.