Friday, June 28, 2013

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Showtime Early summer in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire is the venue for my next exhibition. It will be hosted by the Gordon-Nash Library in their newly refurbished Nash Gallery and curated by Cathy Nolan Vincevic. On display will be a variety of works created during the last several years including three of my newly editioned Photobooth Kabuki woodcuts. These are inspired by Japanese Purikura (print club) photobooths where you can adjust your image to appear more "manga". For these pieces I combine solarplate photogravures with traditional woodcut to place myself back in in the era of ukyio-e prints; a direct precursor to this modern taste for anime and manga. On exhibit will be two prints from my ongoing work concerning imagery based on finishing Rene Daumal's unfinished novel, Mount Analogue.







 This woodcut, above, titled Zeng He's Stowaway, is the latest. This piece required six hand-carved blocks and a total of thirteen color applications. Original blocks will be on display for those interested in this traditional Japanese printmaking technique. Several relatively small accordion style artist books will be on display. The most involved, titled Today Only, unfolds to over 20 feet and contains ten solarplate photogravues printed in the artist's studio with embossing and poetry. The work is part travelogue and part meditation on impermanence.  Gordon-Nash Library blog announcement. Event Page (for those on Facebook) LAYERS - July 10th through July 31st. - Opening July 10th from 5 - 8pm. Nash gallery in the Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main St. New Hampton, N.H.Along with books are a related passion; small hand-made 'game' boxes loosely based on tic tac toe and current events, strife and dualities. The boxes contain two carved game piece "stamps"that are similar to artist's 'chops' stamped into prints. The boxes also contain booklets and collaged interiors.
The exhibit will also include many of my ink drawings and studies, several mixed media works and collage.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Layers"




Gordon Nash Library

Press Release:  Connecticut artist William Evertson will be exhibiting artists books, moku hanga prints, and drawings July 10th through the 31st in the gallery of the Gordon-Nash Library. Opening reception July 10 5pm - 8pm. 

Statement From the artist’s website

“Most simply, I am an artist. I make marks. With ink,dabs of paint, words and flickering electrons. Similar to remembering details in dreams, I grasp for small fragments of meaning.” *
*Years ago my artist statement would run five hundred words as I tried to describe my work. Currently I'm considering removing the last two             sentences. 

Evertson’s impulse for simplification over the last decade evolved from the Asian influences gained through an arts residency in Thailand working with Buddhist monks and a subsequent five year period of study with master Japanese woodblock artist Keiji Shinihara.

Handmade books are among the artists works on display including his recent piece, Today Only, a 20’ accordion book consisting of ten original potogravures and original poetry relating to impermanence.  The book is part travelogue and part documentation of performance art from Belgium and France.

William will exhibit original woodblock prints produced using traditional moku hanga techniques involving the carving and printing of multiple blocks that overlap to build the image.  Three new prints from the artist’s Photobooth Kabuki series will be on display as well as several images that illustrate scenes based on imagining endings to the unfinished 1944 novel, Mount Analogue, by French surrealist writer Rene Daumal. 

Finally the artist will exhibit his ink drawing exploring zen koans and traditional landscape themes.   Small handmade boxes with game themes and carved stamps will round out the exhibit.

William writes about art and process on his blog Deconstruction/Art Contemplations.

The sale of works from this exhibit will help fund the Gordon-Nash Library and Mr. Evertson.

William Evertson website - williamevertson.net

The Gordon-Nash Library is located at 69 Main St.  
New Hampton, NH 03256
(603) 744-8061









Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Gordon-Nash Library in the Blogosphere

We had a lovely visit from Ellen McEvoy, a librarian from the Shoreview Library  in Ramsey County Minnesota. Whenever she travels she tries to visit as many libraries as she can on her route.

The Gordon-Nash Library is now part of her tour and her description of her visit is available here:


http://libraryvisitsproject.blogspot.com/2013/06/gordon-nash-library-new-hampton-new.html?showComment=1370443610217#c290085173863038510
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