Friday, October 31, 2008

New Books-Bindings Sewn Over Tapes

Here are two new books that I have bound this week as a result of my Bookbinding Survey at Space 301. Both are one-needle sewing over tapes. The taller of the books features beaded embellishment stitched into the binding along the exposed spine. The smaller book features a hand cut silhouette of a bird on a branch in turquoise. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ashland Gallery or How The Other Half Lives Half the Time

So when I am not at The Chesser Studio Project I am at Ashland Gallery doing the many assorted tasks which fill up my days there...not the least of which is my important role as Lighting Director...aka light bulb boy. My work is represented there year round and will be apart of the November Small Works Show which opens November 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We have a wonderful group of artists in this show and will have an amazing opening so please come by and join in the fun and the buying frenzy.
Ashland Gallery is open Monday-Friday 9:30am-6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
Telephone (251) 479-3548

The Chesser Studio Project Exhibition Schedule 2008-2009

November- Entrances and Exits: The Chesser Studio Project Day of the Dead Celebration
December -Yule Come: The Chesser Project Yule Show
January- Will Crane Solo Exhibition of Surrealist Works
February -The Ages of Aquarius: Featuring Chesser Aquarians and Friends
March -Mystery Wagons: Mirth and Misrule on Wheels
April- Chesser Studio Project Artist
May- A Sense of Place: Botanical Art by Kate Seawell
June -Binders and Books: A survey of Artist Books and Fine Binding curated by Wayne McNeil

All openings will be in conjuction with the LODA Artwalk on the second Friday of each month from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come out and see what Vikki and I feel is a great year of Exhibits

The Chesser Studio Project

The Chesser Studion Project is the latest incarnation of the Chesser Gallery in Downtown Mobile. Vikki Turner Finch and I enjoy the space as both a studio and exhibition gallery. Many of you know this already but for those of you who don't I'll include some press links in this post. I thought it might be fun to show you the space in which I work when it isn't Art Walk. The function of this space as a studio is a bit of an adventure for me as it is always different each month...there is no telling how the studio might look, but I suppose that keeps it interesting. I don't mind it at all...I just love being in such a vibrant part of the city quietly cutting and gluing hundreds and hundreds of little pieces of paper together...its like my own private monks domicile. I really must say the most gratifying part of my little set up is facing all of my paper hung on a rack rather than searching through boxes for 30 minutes at a time to find something. I'm at the studio Wednesdays from 1:00pm-5:30pm and Sundays from approximately 11:30 am - 5:00pm, come on down for a visit sometime.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Alabama Bound

There is a wonderful trio of exhibits at the Mobile Museum of Art at the moment and I highly suggest seeing them as soon as you can. Firstly there is the Illuminated Word which is an exhibit of pages from the first Illuminated Manuscript in over 500 years...the scale of this project is truly amazing. There is also an exhibition of the print work of Albrect Durer which is breathtaking. Finally there is an exhibit called Alabama Bound which showcases bookbing/bookarts and fine letterpress in the state of Alabama. It is a fine cross section of the work being done in Alabama in this field. To the viewer who has never really encountered Bookarts before it serves as a wonderful introduction. I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a part of this exhibit.

A Thank You To Paul Moxon

A few weeks ago I got my new business cards that were printed by Paul Moxon at Think Letterpress. They are truly amazing. Paul found a wonderful Twin Rocker handmade paper to print them on and I couldn't be more pleased. The collage on the lefthand side of the card has been customized by me. If you have any need for an exceptional letterpress printing project I highly recommend Paul Moxon.

Thanks again Paul!

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Way of All Flesh

Here is an old piece from a few years ago titled "The Way of All Flesh" 32x40" Paper on Birch panel.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Starting Out!

So after much prodding by many friends I am starting a Blog for my artwork and bookbinding. Much will follow very soon!