Quarantine BookClub

May 2020 - present
Quarantine BookClub
 is a collaboration between a fellow art photographer and me. We have a growing list of books to read and are photographically responding with regards to how the current pandemic is affecting us personally. Although our responses are separate and not viewed together as of yet, the similatrities of our projects and conversations about the books have helped to understand our feelings during these times and to motivate our personal art endeavors.

 

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Book #17
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Some tried to follow the guidelines, but got lost while the guidelines were also getting lost downstream.
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The Wheelspin of the Mind
Toned gelatin silver prints
6" x 9"
July, 2021

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Book #16 
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
Distance is relative to time and knowledge. 
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The Distance of it All
Digital process
20" x 20" roughly
July, 2021

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Book #15
Black Hole Survival Guide by Janna Levin
Enter with curiosity. Read, measure, calculate. The news is never new.
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Poof
Toned gelatin silver prints
8" x 10"
June, 2021

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Book #14 
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Receding from the Society has been an easy endeavor.
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The Ebb
Lensbaby and digital montage
20" x 24"
May, 2021

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Book #13
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Engage all senses in your repetitive life.
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Never Odd Or Even (nevEr Odd Or eveN)
Lensbaby and digital montage
Sizes range from 18" x 12" to 45" x 12"
May, 2021

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Book #12 
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
There is an innocence to understanding that is worth a pause.
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Curative Waters
Toned, gelatin silver prints
Cotton embroidery thread
10" x 8"
April, 2021

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Book #11 
Notable American Women by Ben Marcus
This author created a world in which everybody is against him. He is alone and angry. Obsessed with speech and how it is used.
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Use Your Words
Digital process
20" x 16"
March, 2021

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Book #10 
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
No matter the amount of space between us.
No matter the layers of coverings that muffle our conversations. 
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The Influence
Gelatin silver photograms, scanned
8" x 10"
February, 2021

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Book #9 
Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
Branches are equidistant and the snow has fallen in symmetrical piles. All of it is still. 
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The Dress I Made but Had No Occasion to Wear
Toned gelatin silver prints
7" x 7"
January, 2021

 

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Book #8
 - This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
I live in a house on an island. The air is clean, the land rich, and the spring water never freezes. Read more...

This Message...
Toned gelatin silver prints
15" x 19" (images 1, 6, and 11), 6" x 9"
December, 2020

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Book #7
 - One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Earth, Water, Fire, Air. Some characters can navigate the earth, some cannot. The dirt is food for the living and beds for the dead. 
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The Inevitable Survival (Earth, Water, Fire, Air)
Digital montage
48" x 11"
November, 2020

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Book #6
 - Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Obligatory rules of quarantine dominate an uneven global pandemic. I'm navigating with discarded maps from one hundred years ago and time appears to be circular.
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Kairos
Gelatin silver prints
10" x 6.25"
October, 2020

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Book #5
 - Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
Timelessness as a repetitive cycle was first brought to my attention as a very young person sitting in front of a movie screen taking in the thoughts and ideas of the blockbuster movie Back to the Future.
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Time Emit
Toned gelatin silver prints
8" x 8"
October, 2020

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Book #4
 - Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
At the time I read this book, social situations amidst the pandemic had become confusing.
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Infection Rate
Montaged digital images with archival ink
11.5" x 8.5"
July, 2020

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Book #3
Metropolitan Stories by Christine Coulson
All the stories make up one story; a novel. The connections mixed with art history and glimpses inside the ongoings of an art museum all intertwine into a magical, almost untouchable, storyline.
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Untitled
Toned silver gelatin prints incorporating montage, photo oil colors, acryclic paint, and archival ink
8" x 10"
July, 2020

 

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Book #2
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
An aristocratic man sentenced to house arrest in a formerly glamorous hotel for many years definitely tells a good story. 
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Detention
Digital prints 8.5" x 11"; DSLR camera with Lensbaby; scanned pencil drawing
June, 2020

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Book #1
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Writers and photographers have a similar language. By constantly explaining the mood of a place to the viewer, both are connected through word usage, metaphore, and meaning.
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Dear Friend,
Silver gelatin prints on Ilford's 4" x 5" postcard RC paper; Kodak No.2 Folding Cartridge Premo camera; ink on back of print with stamp illustration
May, 2020