Entering the Armory is like entering a cave these days. It was so dark, just enough light to get you through the entrance and transparent door, hiding the rich antiquity of the foyer itself. My friend and blogger, Elizabeth, has posted her take on this historic part of the venue, as well as views of different categories of the prints themselves. Do visit Elizabeth's blog at THE WORLD EXAMINING WORKS There you will also see a wonderful demonstration of sand painting by an impressive photo of a monk.
My interest, today, is in what appears to be a trend to bring back the narrative print in a format borrowed
from the limited edition homemade book tradition. In particular, I was drawn to a showcase on the wall
showing the work of Marcus Rees Roberts, whose reading of the poet Paul Celan inspired these pages - the poetry formed by "fragments, repetitions, hesitations and abrupt halts". These have the title Draft For A Landscape 11, 2009, evocative of the Ukrainian forest, a compelling image found in Celan's early work. Mixed media, collage, chalk, oil, acrylic, varnish and pencil on Somerset Soft White paper in full linen case binding. Gloomy, but I like the expressive imagery.