Unique Book published in Amsterdam

December 9th, 2018

spread in Unique

unique cover
http://www.houseofoktober.com/product/unique-making-photographs-in-the-age-of-ubiquity/

My tarot deck from 1975 is in a new book called Unique: Making Photographs in the Age of Ubiquity, has just been published in Amsterdam. You can find out more about it online.

Interesting Tarot podcast interview

December 7th, 2018

On December 7th, this TAROT VISIONS podcast interview went live. You can hear me describe the beginnings of the deck and the printing history of each of the three editions, the impact of Photoshop, the internet, print on demand, and that sort of thing. https://tarotvisions.podbean.com/mf/play/xgxrur/2018-11-04_Bea_Nettles.mp3

Mountain Dream Tarot on Youtube “30 Days of Tarot”

December 7th, 2018

Here is a recent investigation of my Mountain Dream Tarot available on Youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSO-3oezOzk
30 days of tarot
She does an enthusiastic review and shows a lot of the cards!

Four libraries have acquired Springs Victory: Kore Comes Back

December 3rd, 2018

hurrahSeveral Special Collections libraries have added my latest book SPRINGS VICTORY: KORE COMES BACK to their collections. Thanks to the Beinecke at Yale; Herron School of Art in Indianapolis; and the universities of Arizona and Central Florida.
The book is the myth of Persephone written entirely in surnames that I photograph on gravestones.
Here’s the final chapter of the book:

Hurrah! Demeter regains rising companion! April weathers start over during young persons advent.
Milder airs usher greener interval. Sun beams stream nicely overall. All welcome Mayweather bliss!
Dance music cheers seed sowers. Ready seeds begin to sprout. Wheat shoots greenup.
Springborn lamb capers on fuller fields. Olive trees flower, fruit groves prosper.
Prior mourning over, June favors morning outing. Merry laughter rings.
Pollen streams over July corn silks Wheat thresher bales holy miracle.
Eager sons eatwell, grow fat. August days offer overall welfare.
True joy shines on perfect paradise.

New interpretation of the myth of Persephone 2018

November 23rd, 2018

I have continued to take photographs of surnames on gravestones that function as parts of speech. Using these words I have written several poems and created artists books. My latest project has been to write a version of the myth of Persephone. Mine is called Springs Victory: Kore Comes Back (Kore being an alternate name for Persephone) and I have completed it in two formats. There is an open edition that can be ordered from my webpage store using Paypal ($35 plus shipping) and a limited edition. Email me at bea@beanettles.com to determine current price and availability.

This is the limited edition which is a cloth bound book encased in a custom box:
kore book_case

The paper version is a two sided four fold accordion book of 4.5 x 11.75 and opens to 18″,.kore paper

The full text can be viewed here:
http://www.beanettles.com/folio/Artists_Books__Gravestone_Projects/Springs_Victory-Kore_Comes_Back__open_edition.html

Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age 3rd Edition

August 16th, 2018

hole small

hirsch

Recently the third edition of this textbook was issued. In it is one of the last images I made in the body of work called Return Trips.http://www.beanettles.com/works/returntrips/. The image is Hole (2005) and this is what I wrote about it: “These photographic composites deal with the poetic impact of certain landscapes and aspects of classical architecture and art history on my life, and how these influences continue to remain in memory, resurfacing at unexpected moments. My photographs are autobiographical and represent my effort to clarify, to find meaning and significance in daily existence. Here, I was undergoing chemotherapy. Often epiphanies occur while traveling, as I try to locate related images that express my feelings about particular landscapes. Sometimes these photographs are taken on separate visits, thus the name of the series, Return Trips. I am fascinated by the way photographs that are placed in proximity can become a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.”

Akron Art Museum show

July 29th, 2018

If you are in the Akron area, you might be interested in this exhibition about transportation. https://akronartmuseum.org/exhibitions/planes-trains-automobiles/12831

Artists Books: this summer’s show at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library UIUC

June 22nd, 2018

RBML label

tarot case
This summer’s exhibition in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library features several cases of artists books from their permanent collection. The show will be up until August 15th. They are showing the first edition Mountain Dream Tarot deck, The Nymph of the Highlands, and Of Loss and Love. These works of mine are from the early 70s.
http://www.beanettles.com/works/sbc/

Rachel’s Holidays editions now at the Eastman and Krannert Museums

June 13th, 2018

Recently the dye transfer prints from 1984 called Rachel’s Holidays have been acquired by two museums, The Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY and the Krannert Museum in Champaign, Illinois. I printed the images during the last year I taught at Rochester Institute of Technology using a process that is now no longer manufactured, but produced rich and lasting color photographs. You can find out more about these prints here http://www.beanettles.com/folio/Photography__1980s/Rachels_Holidays__84.html
01_bridge02_hands03_swordfish10_pumpkins13_stringhearts15_rachelbucket

The Skirted Garden moves to the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign

May 26th, 2018

The painting The Skirted Garden (1969) has returned to where it was created, to the University of Illinois. It is now in the Krannert Art Museum’s collection.
gp14 skirted garden edited
I found the prelimanary sketches in an early sketchbook of mine.
GP14 skirted garden sketches
The covers of the first 9 books make an interesting comparison, as the very first one was from my undergraduate years at the University of Florida. These nine books are now in my archive at the University of Illinois Archive.
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