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
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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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Eager is available from Vamp & Tramp

April 7th, 2018

The last two copies of this little card deck, EAGER, can be ordered from Vamp & Tramp.
http://www.vampandtramp.com/online-catalog/catalog-link/April-2018-Collecting%20under$100/April-2018-Collecting-under100-link.htmleager

SFMoma video about Mountain Dream Tarot

March 12th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-03-12 at 9.53.00 AMhttps://www.sfmoma.org/watch/bea-nettless-photographic-tarot-deck/
This was recorded while I was visiting San Francisco in August 2017. SFMoma owns a sample pack of my original hand colored photographic machine stitched tarot cards.

Phoenix Art Museum: Logic of the Copy show through April

January 24th, 2018

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From now through April 15 you can see my Mountain Dream Tarot deck from 1975 in this show of early experimental offset publishing at the Phoenix Art Museum.
https://ccp.arizona.edu/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/logic-copy-four-decades-photography-print

Dangerous Minds blog post on Mountain Dream Tarot

December 9th, 2017

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A short while back there was a major article on the blog Dangerous Minds. Since then the deck has reached an entirely new audience.
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_haunting_photographic_tarot_deck_with_an_unexpected_nod_from_bruce_spri
The Third Edition of the deck is available from my store: http://www.beanettles.com/store/?page_id=348

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