The artists discussion will include Whitman’s use of photography and how these artists weave photography into their artistic practice.
Marianne Dages Marianne Dages is a Philadelphia based artist investigating the crossroads between image, language, and thought. Her work is held in public collections including the MOMA Library, Yale University Library, and SAIC Chicago. In 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Print Gallery Tokyo. She’s been an artist in residence at Herhusid in Iceland, Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency in Germany, and Wells College. Marianne teaches letterpress and bookbinding and publishes artists’ books under the name Huldra Press..
Daphne Fitzpatrick (born 1964) is an artist based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Fitzpatrick was born in Long Island. Her work encompasses sculpture, video, photography and a variety of found objects and images. She references the idea of a modern flaneur in her work, and makes visual puns on sexuality. Fitzpatrick was a member of the faculty at Yale. She was also one of the founders of Bellwether Gallery, by which she was later represented. She is currently represented by American Contemporary Gallery in New York, NY.
Stefan Killen has been taking pinhole photographs of New York City since 1991, exhibiting them at the Alan Klotz Gallery and in shows juried by Larry Gagosian and Molly Barnes. His work was included in the award-winning book Out of Focus: Pinhole Cameras and Pinhole Photographs, in United Airlines’ in-flight magazine Hemispheres, and has been featured on Lomography.com, OpeningCeremony.us, and Don’tTakePictures.com, as well as on the sets of such tv shows as Girls, American Odyssey, Power, and Billions. Stefan is working on several books of his photography, including an interdisciplinary meditation on Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”. In celebration of Whitman’s 2019 bicentennial he developed “Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman!”, a national public reading of the poem that offers participants an introduction to Whitman’s sweeping meditation on time, our interconnectedness, and the transcendent power of art. Stefan lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he runs his design studio Red+Company. He grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
The Center for Book Arts is marking this bi-centennial by looking at how Whitman’s writings have influenced contemporary artists working in the book arts. Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today follows several themes Whitman focused on in his writings, providing the connective tissue that links these works together. Geography, history, identity and immigration are a few themes that emerge from the works of art on view. Whitman’s fascination with Ancient Egypt, photography as a branding tool, and his notion of the world as he imagined it are all evident in the art on view. These diverse objects range from books, drawings, photographs, sketches, broadsides and a scroll.