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Josh Hockensmith and Mark Iwinski at Preservation Chapel Hill

  • Horace Williams House 610 East Rosemary Street Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 United States (map)

Josh Hockensmith and Mark Iwinski at Preservation Chapel Hill

Preservation Chapel Hill is proud to host its March 2017 exhibition by artists Josh Hockensmith and Mark Iwinski.

Josh Hockensmith is a book making artist. As a poet, almost twenty years ago, he stumbled on the field of artists’ books which made him “conscious of the materiality of books, that is the way a book’s physical body contributes to our reading of it.” Mark Iwinski is a conceptual artist who uses “interdisciplinary means including site specific works, printmaking, sculpture and book arts, to reveal layers of absence and memory in our landscape and cities.”

Hockensmith’s artists’ books start with a text idea often stimulated by photography. His exhibition at the Horace Williams House will comprise large photo prints as well as artist’s proofs copies of two projects, AFTERand NEW GEOMETRY. Both projects are derived from the prospective of a book artist in the digitial world where, he contends, “we alternate between giving books reverence and declaring them dead.”

Iwinski declares his work to be “forward looking nostalgia.” Driven by an interest in deforestation, he has, for many years, been documenting isolated fragments of old-growth forest in select areas of the US. He prints directly from tree stumps, finally presenting these works in tapestry like configurations on walls, in books or stretched on large wooden frames a few inches above the floor to signify tree stumps. His work CODEX is a large scale artist book approximately sixty inches high and over six feet wide when open.The work, which will be on display in this exhibition, embodies the tree within the form of a book as a narrative history. This is an exhibition not to be missed. 

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