Josef & Anni Albers
EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina was strongly influenced by the “Great Revival” that swept the country after the Revolutionary War and lasted intermittently until the War between the States… This emotional preaching, interspersed with stirring hymns, induced physical manifestations known as “the exercises.” These included the phenomena known as jerking, wheeling, dancing, laughing, barking, and falling down.
—North Carolina: A Guide to the Old North State (WPA, 1939)
Eden, North Carolina is a city in Rockingham County that nearly borders Virginia. It’s where the Smith and Dan Rivers converge. It began as a utopian colony founded by William Byrd II and was later sold to some planters by Byrd’s son to pay off his gambling debts.
Guide note: One of the best photographic gifts I’ve been given was a viewing of Tod Papageorge’s “Passing Through Eden" read alongside some passages from the book of Genesis. Since then, I’ve been struck with some depictions of this biblical state of mind.
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Aaron Canipe is a State Guide to North Carolina. He was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina and received his BFA in photography from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. Aaron also helps operate Empty Stretch, a DIY-publisher and blog. He’s exhibited work throughout the South and has been published in the Washington Post and the Oxford American’s “Eye on the South” blog. Follow him on Tumblr at mysteriesmanners and see more work on his website, aaroncanipe.com.
For the past few years I’ve been working on an extensive body of work about a fictional Illinois coal town, Blisner. I’m working with London publishers fourteen-nineteen to release a hard cover monograph this fall, available in time for the NY Art Book Fair. We just launched the pre-order options!
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The other options include prints that I’m really excited about. Take a look, and please pass along.
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Drawing machine c. 1663 - Getting into Szarkowski’s “Photography Until Now” on this southbound train.
Today I finally got my hands on a copy of this Charles Ray monograph published by Scalo Verlag, Zurich and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 1998. Christopher Mahnoski brought this book into our “Introduction to Sculpture for Non-Majors” class one afternoon, and it served as my first exposure to the work of Charles Ray. This book managed to shift my whole understanding of making work, which up until this intensive summer course had been almost entirely a “traditional” approach to making photographs. Since this class I’ve avidly researched and engaged with Ray’s work, and it was a pleasant surprise to see it on the cover of the New York Times representing their piece on the shifting practices in contemporary photography.
Jason Middlebrook + Letha Wilson at Retrospective Hudson.