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Friday, November 23, 2012
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Exhibition Dates: December 7, 2012 - January 19, 2013
Book Signing and Opening Reception:
Friday, December 7th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Soft and sumptuous are the works of Brigitte Carnochan's new series Floating World. The print's earthy tones are as smooth and warm as the poetry that inspired them. Our eyes and emotions swim in the shifting palate that moves from deep coffee to creamy petal white. The Japanese handmade mulberry paper the prints are made on is well chosen and further enriches the velvet tones and the lush inspiration of the images- a book of Japanese poetry.
While rummaging through a New Jersey bookstore Carnochan happened upon a volume of tanka and haiku poems by Japanese women from the 7th - 20th centuries. With the help of Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi the book that had originally been published in Japanese in 1977 was converted to English. Carnochan was so touched by the passages that the imagery they called forth became a primary focus for her work. Inspiration sparked, she continued the work and created a text herself. Carnochan's photographic equivalents to Japanese poems were bound into book form that was published by Hudson Hills press and includes an introduction by John Wood. The words and their corresponding imagery, each of which bears the name of its author in calligraphy, revolve around a world of love and all its mysteries. There is love attained, love longed for, and love mourned for. All allusions to love are funneled through the imagery and metaphor of the natural world. The body plays as much a central a role as full and fallen blooms, quiet landscapes that expand or become elegantly fragmented. Changing seasons work as symbol, and the full moon is cast as a powerful yet illusive disk. The works are fleshy and full, enticing and true visual poetry.
Works to be exhibited and the text available for signing at the gallery on December 7th. A trade edition publication of Floating World to be available as well as a Limited Edition. The Limited Edition of 25 comes with a matching clamshell box and an exclusive 8x8" print titled, Let Us Set to Sea.
For more information, please visit Verve Galelry
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