Janet Russek: The Tenuous Stem
Book signing and exhibition
Tuesday, November 26 from 4-6pm
RADIUS BOOKS Studio
227 East Palace Avenue, Suite W
Radius Books will host a book signing and exhibition opening for Santa Fe photographer Janet Russek in celebration of the of her new retrospective book, The Tenuous Stem.
The poignancy and promise of the life cycle informs Janet Russek’s long term photographic project, The Tenuous Stem. In 1989, Eliot Porter—her mentor and friend—gave her a monorail camera. The camera was too unwieldy for anything but studio work, and although she has always worked with 4 x 5 cameras, she set up still lifes for the first time in 1993 to use it in her studio. More…
Book Sale, Sign-a-thon, Video Shorts & Silent Auction
Free and open to the public Saturday, September 21, 5 – 8pm at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.
In celebration of our sixth year, RADIUS BOOKS will bring together 50 notable local and international artists for a book sale, sign-a-thon, video shorts, and silent auction. Featured artists include Tom Joyce, Sam Abell, John Gossage, Charles Arnoldi, John Fincher, Tony Delap, Sharon Core, James Drake, Michael Light, Stephen Dupont, David Taylor, Barbara Bosworth, Mark Klett, Victoria Sambunaris, Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb, Betsy Karel, Sharon Harper, Johnnie Winona Ross, Charles Ross, Janet Russek, and many more.
We’re taking over the Santa Fe Farmer’s Marker building for the night with a huge pop-up bookstore that will include all of our titles, where you can view and purchase books. And you can meet the artists, who will be available to sign copies or discuss their projects. We will also premier a series of short videos showing artists describing their Radius books. There will be food trucks, local beer, and a silent auction of limited hand-made books.
For four years Justin Kimball accompanied his brother Doug, an auctioneer, into the houses of the recently deceased or dispersed. While Doug cleared these spaces of items for potential resale, Justin sought within them the evidence of an individual’s life. Photographing the smallest objects, he reimagined their existence and relationship to their absent owners. “I use the camera’s descriptive power and the photographic illusion of truth to create the narrative and inspire feelings about its subject,” he writes of these images. “The resulting photographs are my perception of what happened in those spaces: who lived there? What was hidden and what was seen?”
“Janelle Lynch’s book is brave and true. But hold on to your heart. Its quiet passion sneaks up and steals your soul.” — Tony Bannon, Director, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
Radius announces a new limited edition, which is also the cover image for the forthcoming title Janelle Lynch: Barcelona. It is a 16 x 20 inch inkjet print, “Wall II,” edition of 20, image above. Sales help support the publication.
In addition, Janelle Lynch’s photographic work from the book has been shortlisted for The Cord Prize juried by Diana Edkins and Charlotte Cotton. This is the inaugural prize for a new annual international contemporary art award. You can visit an online exhibition of the 25 selected artists here.
The book developed from Lynch’s exploration of the fallow landscape outside of Barcelona from 2007 to 2011. With her 8×10-inch camera and a portrait lens, the artist photographed pylons, puddles, leaves, and litter as metaphors for themes of absence and presence, mourning and remembrance. Following the success of Los Jardines de México (Radius Books, 2011), Barcelona continues Lynch’s long-term interest in representations of the life cycle in the landscape. Included with the five series of images that comprise this remarkable new project are writings in English and Spanish by the artist. The book begins with a personal essay about Lynch’s early relationship with nature. Woven throughout the remaining pages are text about and quotes from Charles Burchfield, Wendell Berry and Roland Barthes, whose works have been influential in Lynch’s process.
Here we are in good company.
The 50 Books/50 Covers Competition sponsored by AIGA, Design Observer, and Designers & Books traces its roots back almost 90 years to 1924, this survey of the best in book design represents perhaps the longest-standing legacy in American graphic design.
Selections are exhibited online at all three sites and Historical 50 Books/50 Covers collections from 1995-2010 are viewable in the AIGA Design Archives.
This new book is the result of seven years that Aaron Huey spent photographing the Oglala Lakota people in South Dakota. It is a body of work that goes beyond the terrible legacy of the Wounded Knee Massacre into the rich, enduring world of the tribe’s visions, dreams and ceremonial warrior culture. You can read the Time Magazine article here.
Several contemporary Oglala drawings collected by Huey during his stay have been reproduced and loosely inserted into the book. More about Aaron Huey: Mitakuye Oyasin