Art & Culture interview is now online

February 9th, 2010

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An interview with me appears at this online journal of the arts:
http://www.artandculture.com/feature/2247

Upcoming Exhibition at the Harn Museum, Gainesville, Florida

February 8th, 2010

gavin-map.jpgGavin with the World, late 1980s, dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid), 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm), gift of the artist, Bea Nettles, Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal Highlights from the Photography Collection
http://www.harn.ufl.edu/exhibitions/exhibitions_future.php?mainGraphic=harn_header_exhibitions_future.jpg

Bea Nettles, Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal, Highlights from the Photography Collection

March 16 – September 26, 2009
This solo exhibition features a major gift to the Harn collection, a complete body of work by University of Florida alumna Bea Nettles. Nettles is known for her innovative artist books and technical experimentation. The exhibition features a series of 46 photographs, mainly large-scale Polaroids created by Nettles for her 1990 book, “Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal.” In this highly personal and often poignant series, the rewards, challenges and responsibilities of parenting are explored. The series incorporates portraiture and a wide range of artifacts from daily family life. The exhibition is made possible by the Sidney Knight Endowment.

Three New Accordion Books

February 4th, 2010

I have finished three new books and put detailed page shots here on the webpage:http://web.me.com/nettles3/Artists_Books_2010/The_Fig_Leaf.html
While I was in Italy, I became curious about the use of the fig leaf, so I created this first book about its history in art.
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The other two books were inspired by a recent trip to Ireland. The coasts of this small country are especially beautiful, as can be seen in Irish Bramble.
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On a rainy day I visited Glendalough with its sixth century monastery. The Round Tower is based on the belief that it provided protection to the monks from Viking invaders.round-open.jpg

Persephone

January 9th, 2010

persephone.jpgIn the myth of Persephone, the seasons are explained.
Hades captured Persephone while she was picking flowers and took her to the underworld. Her grieving mother Demeter caused all vegetation to die unless she was returned, but Persephone had eaten some pomegranite seeds while in the underworld, and was only allowed to return in the spring and summer . These two leatherbound accordions are filled with collages that show her descent to the underworld where she is surrounded by artificial and stone flowers, and then her return to the fertile earth. In this cold winter, the myth seems more appropriate than ever.persephone1.jpg
persephone2.jpg To find out more about the book visit:http://web.me.com/nettles3/Artists_Books_2010/Persephones_Descent_and_Return.html

Porta Colonia, a triple accordion book.

December 27th, 2009

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What better way to pass a long snowy weekend than to think about a walk that I took in Cortona, Italy? I have just completed a leather bound, triple accordion style book. When standing open it suggests the hilly landscape above the town of Cortona just around the Porta Colonia.

Midsummer Botanical shown in “The Beautiful Book”

December 15th, 2009

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This book has been shown at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, and now at Abecedarian Gallery through December 19. They have a full catalog of the exhibition available.
http://web.me.com/aliciabailey/abecedariangallery/assets/content_files/publications/BeautifulBook%20abec%20online%20catalog/Nettles.html

Installation view of Return Trips at PULSE, Miami

December 7th, 2009

This suite of prints from Return Trips was on view at PULSE in Miami the first weekend in December at Rick Wester Fine Art. You can see more of these images on my website here:
http://www.beanettles.com/works/returntrips/

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Books made in Italy

November 16th, 2009

I have recently complete four new books while teaching in Cortona, Italy. Two are based on famous women: Eve and Venus. The other two are sculptural accordion books that represent the up and downhill climbs in this medieval walled city.
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New Italian Botanical Published

November 3rd, 2009

Recently, I finished my fourth botanical book. This one features the wildflowers found in Tuscany in late summer. Summer’s End: The Wildflowers of Italy It is available for $28 from LULU.com here: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/summers-end-an-artists-guide-to-italian-wildflowers/5946234
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My Bookbinding classes in Cortona

October 9th, 2009

cortonaafternoonclss1.jpgcortonamorningclass.jpgI am having a wonderful time teaching for the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. These are my students after our second crit. I will be putting their work on my website when I return to the USA in November.

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