18 Feb EVENT: Tuck Studio presents Thaddeus Holownia, Artist Talk and Book Launch March 14 2015 2 pm
Tuck Studio will be hosting an artist talk, book launch, and exhibition for ‘Working in the Dark’ on March 14th at 2:00 pm. Attendance to the 90 minute artist talk and exhibition is free of charge and copies of ‘Working in the Dark: An Homage to John Thompson’ will be available for $40. Please RSVP on the event Facebook page or call or email to reserve a seat, (506) 642-9692 [email protected]
Thaddeus Holownia, Canadian visual artist, professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, printer and publisher, has his studio and letterpress shop Anchorage Press on the Tantramar Marshes in Jolicure New Brunswick.
Anchorage Press has recently released Working in the Dark An Homage to John Thompson. The book centres upon Thompson’s life in the community of Jolicure, located on the High Marsh Road not far from Sackville, New Brunswick. It was there that Thompson bought and started to renovate an old farmhouse in 1973. A year later it burned down while he was on sabbatical in Toronto. By then, the home had become a complex symbol for him of his life as a poet and the imaginative journey he was taking while writing the ghazals of his last book Stilt Jack.
Working in the Dark contains a suite of photographs by Thaddeus Holownia, whose studio now stands upon the site of Thompson’s home; a long prefatory essay by the book’s editor, Peter Sanger; and a set of elegies for Thompson to which Harry Thurston, Matthew Holmes, Allan Cooper, Peter Sanger, Amanda Jernigan, Andrew Steeves and Rob Winger have contributed. It also publishes, for the first time, a prose poem by Thompson recently discovered in the Mount Allison University Thompson archives.
Holownia sees Working in the Dark as a tribute to a shared creative space and to the power of nature and life, a driving force in both his and Thompson’s work.
Holownia’s talk will centre on his collaborations with writers, and the creative process that drive his projects from conceptual ideas to physical beautifully crafted objects.
Images copyright of Thaddeus Holownia