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CONTACT: Ashley Peel Pinkham, 215-735-6090 x2
Book Launch: The Picture that Remains
Photographs by Will Brown, Poems by Thomas Devaney, Introduction by Vincent Katz
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:30pm, FREE
The Print Center is proud to announce its newest publication, The Picture that Remains, a volume that demonstrates the power of collaboration between a photographer, Will Brown, and a poet, Thomas Devaney.
The Picture that Remains presents a set of Brown’s previously unpublished, exquisite black and white photographs from the early 1970s, accompanied by a new suite of supple and evocative poems from Devaney, The book charts an evolving and unlikely story between both artists and their subsequent collaborative enterprise. Vincent Katz introduces the works by delving into the nature of collaborative projects between authors and artists. The Picture that Remains brings Brown's magnificent images to light after thirty years; ironically the images prefigured what his pictures would become - a paean to a time and moment long passed.
Join us for to celebrate The Picture that Remains on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30pm. Devaney will read from his new suite of poems, Brown and Devaney will talk about their collaboration and they will sign copies of the book, elegantly designed by Unetic Designs and beautifully printed by Brilliant Studios. Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be ordered online at www.printcenter.org. Hardbound, 64 page volume, featuring 38 quadtone plates, $35.00.
Will Brown studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA, 1967). His interest in photography developed as a result of his relationship with teacher and mentor Rudy Burckhardt. Brown's works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in numerous private collections.
Thomas Devaney earned his BA in English Literature at Temple University and his MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His books include the poetry collections A Series of Small Boxes (2007) and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (1999) as well as the nonfiction book Letters to Ernesto Neto (2005). Devaney currently teaches creative writing at Haverford College.
Vincent Katz is a poet, art critic and curator. He is the author of eleven books of poetry and of Alcuni Telefonini, a collaboration with Francesco Clemente. His art criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogs and journals. He currently teaches in the MFA Program in Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP: Eli VandenBerg at email@example.com or 215.735.6090 x1.
Demetrius Oliver: Canicular
January 10 – March 22, 2014
Thursday, January 9: Gallery Talk 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA: For nearly 100 years, The Print Center has supported printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encouraged the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. In January,ideas of form, function and appreciation will be challenged when The Print Center unveils Canicular, a major new exhibition by New York artist Demetrius Oliver. Curated by John Caperton, The Print Center’s Jensen Bryan Curator, the exhibition is a direct response to Caperton’s request for Oliver to think as expansively as possible about what constitutes a print, and reflects the artist’s longtime desire to create an installation requiring a radical shift in the typical functions of an organization and its gallery spaces. "This poetic and whimsical exhibition raises provocative questions about audience expectations of the gallery experience," notes Paula Marincola, Executive Director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. "We are pleased that we could support this new commission; it is yet more evidence of the richness and vibrancy of Philadelphia's cultural offerings."
Canicular includes a video installation that will consist of a projected, live-feed from a high-power telescope focused on Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. The video will be projected in a round structure, built within one of The Print Center’s galleries, to resemble a small observatory. The live-feed will come from a telescope mounted on the roof of The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. The exhibition will also include a related, multipart video installation and a sculptural telescope crafted from 5 gallon paint buckets. The Print Center is working closely with Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute, to make sure the stars will align for this exhibition – literally!
The term canicular is used to describe things pertaining to dogs, and is often used in reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. The converted galleries will only be open for one hour each night to coincide with the rising of Sirius in the night sky. The Print Center’s gallery spaces will not be open during regular hours but will only be open from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, weather permitting (clear skies are required for viewing). A sign featuring a photographic image of dog fur created by Oliver, visible from the street, will be illuminated to announce when the exhibition is on view. An audio component, composed and performed by the artist on a dog whistle (and therefore inaudible to human ears), will also be broadcast from the front of the building during viewing times.
Oliver has become known for creating elegant, improvisatory, site-specific installations using photography, sculpture and video. Many of his works have included celestial imagery, metaphorically linking the moon (which is associated with the metal silver) and the silver process of traditional photography. For each exhibition opportunity presented to him, the artist has created a new piece, moving gracefully between media; he is gradually building an increasingly complex and resonant body of work.
An accompanying publication will include essays by Michelle White, Curator, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, and Caperton, and will be designed by Chad Kloepfer and Jeff Ramsey of Kloepfer-Ramsey in close collaboration with the artist. This will be the first book-length publication dedicated solely to Oliver. A number of related programs will also be presented by The Print Center, including a performance by artist and musician Terry Adkins, with whom Oliver studied at the University of Pennsylvania; an evening of readings by experimental writers interested in the links between science and culture curated by Temple University’s Jena Osman; and a lecture by Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer, The Franklin Institute, on the lore and meaning of Sirius and other aspects of the night sky.
The exhibition will be on view at The Print Center from January 10 – March 22, 2014, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and is free and open to the public. The opening reception is Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a gallery talk by John Caperton at 6:00 p.m. Demetrius Oliver: Canicular has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Print Center supports printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encourages the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. The Print Center presents a variety of programs for the public including exhibitions; The Print Center Gallery Store, which offers the largest and most diverse selection of contemporary prints in Philadelphia; the longest running annual international competition for prints and photographs in the country; and an extensive series of education programs and special events.