Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Catching Words and Images With Phil Cousineau and Gregg Chadwick
Just hitting bookstores is my latest collaborative work with Phil Cousineau, Wordcatcher. Phil and I share a love of art and language and this latest book combines Phil's marvelous word histories with my artworks inspired by the word tales. Phil Cousineau and I often work collaboratively. For Wordcatcher I created 25 images inspired by Phil's intriguing descriptions. I spent much of the Fall in my drawing studio with my hands and clothing covered in chalk dust with the smell of wood shavings and sepia inks in the air. The resulting artworks are mainly rendered in ink washes with black and sanguine chalks heightened with white chalk on paper.
Duende (Federico Garcia Lorca in Havana)
Wordcatcher is already garnering praise:
“Stake out a claim next to the standard dictionary you use for this less pedantic companion. It contains fewer words but sends up Fourth of July skyrockets on all of them. But caveat emptor, readers beware! Cousineau’s love affair with words is contagious and you are likely to end up lovesick with words yourself.”
—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions and Tales of Wonder
"A book that allows us to remember the genius of language-- to see, feel and, it seems, even "taste" the living-ness and poetry hidden within these many common and uncommon words. A delicious book."
----Jacob Needleman, author of What Is God?
On May 5, 2010 Phil Cousineau and I will be together at 7 pm at Booksoup on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood celebrating our collaboration. Also on May 6, 2010 we will be hosting a gathering at my studio in Santa Monica to celebrate the publication of Wordcatcher and to feature other collaborative projects that Phil Cousineau and I have worked on. Both evenings will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
Murmur (Grow, Grow)
May 6th, 2010
Please Join Phil Cousineau and Gregg Chadwick for a Celebration of Collaboration
Phil will read from Wordcatcher and The Oldest Story in the World and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Santa Monica Art Studios
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405