The Photographic Object: 1970, published.

February 12th, 2016

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Today I received my copy of this long awaited book. I had two works in Photography Into Sculpture in 1970 at MOMA. There was never a catalog, although the show traveled two years and countless people were influenced by it. Thanks to a renewed interest in that time period there have been several restagings of this show. Mary Statzer, the editor of the book, visited my studio to record an interview with me.

The book is available from The University of California Press.

A review of the show found in the NY Times is here:
The Hauser& Wirth version of the show in NYC is here:

Blurbs about the book:
“This highly original, carefully researched book sheds new light on a landmark (though little-studied) photography exhibition. Focusing on a key set of artists and formal strategies that helped prepare the ground for the mixed-media practices that are dominant in the art world today, it will be of interest to a broad range of artists, scholars, and museum professionals concerned with modern and contemporary art.”—Matthew Biro, author of The Dada Cyborg: Visions of the New Human in Weimar Berlin

“In a digital era, and as photography’s definition and various roles are being questioned, The Photographic Object 1970 reminds us that the medium is continually being redefined and rethought. Taking a fresh look at a pivotal cultural moment, essays in this book explore curatorial and institutional insights and limitations and argue convincingly that adventurous exhibitions, as well as the various forms photographs take, benefit from a second look and new perspectives.”—Marvin Heiferman, author of Photography Changes Everything

“As boundaries between traditional art disciplines are being questioned, blurred, and traversed as never before, Mary Statzer’s book about a prescient but overlooked exhibition and moment in history could hardly be more timely. Contained within this exhaustive anthology of essays, interviews, and discussions are invaluable lessons for artists, institutions, and historians alike.”—Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

Playa: Sediments, Sequences and Solitude

February 12th, 2016

Edge of Summer Lake1Edge of Summer Lake2Nettles_Playa ABC

Two of my artists books from my residencies at PLAYA in southern Oregon are on display in a group show at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association Gallery in Roseburg, Oregon. The show is up now until March 11th. One of the books is an ABC where I found natural letterforms in this beautiful landscape and the other is a layered concertina made in response to the white line that forms on the playa at the distant horizon every afternoon.

Landscapes of Innocence in the Krannert Art Museum

February 10th, 2016

The 21 print photo-etching portfolio Landscapes of Innocence is now part of the Krannert Art Museum’s permanent collection. These editioned prints were created at the University of Illinois in 1985, so it is fitting that the complete set has now found a home there.

Moon Dreams on view at Ransom Center, Austin

February 10th, 2016

moon dreams
Moon Dreams, a large cyanotype of mine from 1975 is currently on view in Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions at the Ransom Center, the University of Texas, Austin. Show dates are February 9-May 29. This unique print is one of a very few of this series that I made in the summer of 1975 while I lived in Rochester, NY. It prefigured by a few years the eventual work that resulted in the book Flamingo in the Dark.,1979.html

Framing Nature exhibition opens at the Harn Museum

February 10th, 2016

chicken in pot
Framing Nature: The Living World in Art is on view February 2-July 17, 2016 at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. They have included “Chicken in a Pot,” a 20 x 24 Polaroid of mine from the series Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal. The Harn acquired the entire collection of these photographs in 2009.This exhibition is in celebration of the Harn’s 25th anniversary.

Coming soon_ Write Right: Card Deck

December 6th, 2015

write_right front
Another set of homonyms is finished and the decks are available in two sizes, the bridge and the smaller mini decks. They will soon be ready to ship from my store. Scroll down a bit and you will locate them:
These are the sets I found: abel able
aye eye beau bow blew blue boos booze cain cane chord cord coal cole
dawn don dear deer dike dyke drier dryer friar fryer gall gaul gamble gambol
genes jeans grim grimm hair herr hays haze heard herd knell nell
knew new lam lamb leaks leeks lear leer moor more pair pare
peal peel peat pete pillars pillers poor pour pray prey
read reed real reel rest wrest rhone roan rigger rigor
right write roam rome root route sacks sax sailer sailor
sails sales seaman seeman shelley shelly son sun
storey story straight strait thames tims toon tune
vails vales weakly weekly whyers wires

Famous Pair: Card Deck is now available.

December 6th, 2015

- 01 abraham issac- 04beck call bride

- 03ball chain batman- 02 back forth bacon egg

Ever since I found the gravestone with the surname Batman, I have been collecting names that are famous duos.
The decks are available in two sizes, the bridge and the smaller mini decks. They are ready to ship from my store. Scroll down a bit and you will locate them:

Works shown at the Krannert Museum

November 16th, 2015
Two of my early works that are in the Krannert’s permanent collection are currently on view in the exhibition Attachments which will be up until December 12. The show was organized by Amy Powell on a very broad interpretation of the word attachment.
window view
Window View from Warm Weather Wishes, toned and machine stitched photograph 1975.

Valley of the Shadow from Landscapes of Innocence, 1985.
Photo etching.

Playa ABC and others available from Vamp and Tramp as well as my site.

September 17th, 2015

You can ask Vamp & Tramp to show you copies of my ABC books the next time they pass through your town. The Playa ABC is featured this week on their New Arrivals page.
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Books about “home” and “place” featured.

September 6th, 2015

I have several dealers who carry my artists’ books. This month some of my titles have been selected by both Vamp & Tramp in their featured page about “home” and by 23 Sandy Gallery in “Pages and Places”

Several of my Alphabets from 23 Sandy:

Close to Home from Vamp and Tramp:

You can see more images from Close to Home on my website here:

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