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"River of Grass" at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

A solo show of work from Dorothy Simpson Krause series "River of Grass" will be at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, August 25 - September 28 with an Artist Talk September 9 at 3 pm.

This exhibition is an homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her seminal book, “The Everglades: River of Grass,” and a record of the Krause's time at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in the spring of 2012 as inaugural Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence.

Of "River of Grass", John Cutrone, Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts says:
For her residency at JCBA and to focus on the history and ecology of the Everglades, Krause produced an exquisite small artists' book portfolio: a handmade envelope referencing a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. The portfolio is comprised of ten 7" x 10" folios that combine the artist's images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents and maps. The portfolio was produced in a limited edition of 36 in the Spring of 2012 at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.

This exhibition also launches the sale of "River of Grass" artists' book portfolios. The limited edition portfolio sells for $850. The full purchase price benefits the Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program at JCBA.

Join us for a gallery talk as Krause discusses the project and her residency. The talk will also include a reading of the poem "Amphibian" by Miami poet C.M. Clark, who collaborated with Krause on a broadside project completed during the residency.

Artist Statement:
Forty miles wide and over 100 miles long this slow moving river ranges from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half it's original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. The ongoing battle for restoration of the Everglades is a moral test which hopefully we will pass. 

In addition to the book portfolio I produced during my residency, to capture the grandeur of this unique region, I combined photography, painting and printmaking techniques on surfaces as diverse as aluminum and fresco. The resulting images focus on the beauty of this rare ecosystem in its pristine reflectivity and, in the eroded surfaces, it’s fragility.

PDF describing the process can be downloaded and the residency experience at the Jaffe can be followed on facebook.

John Cutrone, Director
The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Wimberly Library, Room 350/ 3rd floor east
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
561 297 0226


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