On Bolus Head By Michael Carter and Brian Gromley Launch for Book and Prints Saturday, March 16, 5-7PM
Printed Matter and En Garde Books are pleased to announce a launch party and reading for the limited edition print book entitled On Bolus Head, by poet Michael Carter and artist Brian Gormley, Saturday, March 16, 5-7 pm.
In addition to the printed books, select proofs of the original print
series will also be on display and available for purchase.
Based on poems written by Mr. Carter during multiple residencies at the Cill Rialaig Project in Co. Kerry, the original On Bolus Head
series, etched on 38 metal plates in an edition of 20 at the Cill
Rialaig Print Center, is a collaboration between Mr. Carter and Mr.
Gormley inspired by personal experiences and observations upon the lore
and landscape of Kerry, particularly the environs of Cill Rialaig and
Bolus Head, a point at the extreme southwest of Ireland.
Mr. Gormley offers visual interpretations of Mr. Carter’s texts, but
what emerges through this collaborative process is an interplay between
text and image, both as contiguous pages and within a larger narrative.
Situating On Bolus Head in the context of visual practice by
poets such as Mallarmé and Rimbaud, and etchings by Goya and paintings
by Kokoschka (among others), David Scott of Trinity College notes in his preface to the print version:
“Like many artists’ books since their heyday in the late 19th and
early 20th centuries, Michael Carter’s and Brian Gormley’s On Bolus
Head, in setting out to explore one of the wildest and most magical
corners of Ireland at the same time investigates the complementary
relation between text and image. This is not to say that the
relationship between the components is illustrative: it is rather a case
of two different media mastered by two different artistic temperaments
responding to a common environment – in this case that wild and romantic
extremity of the Kerry coast that is Bolus Head -, aware of each
other’s approach but exploring as much the potential of the medium in
relation to a common scene as the potential of the landscape itself.”
The privately-printed, limited-edition hard-bound book represents a
digitalized simulacrum of the print series that both documents and
decodes the On Bolus Head project, aided by Dr. Scott’s preface
and an appendix featuring type-text of Mr. Carter’s allusive, and
sometimes lexically illusive, poems as etched.
This New York launch follows on the heels of a successful presentation
of the On Bolus Head series at the National Library of Ireland in
September 2012, and immediately precedes an exhibit in the Long Room of
the Trinity College Library in Dublin, where selected prints will from
the series will be on view March 25- April 30, 2013.
Michael Carter is an American poet, critic and essayist, and was
publisher of the quintessential East Village arts and literary ‘zine
redtape. Author of Broken Noses and Metempsychoses, his work has been published in numerous anthologies including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992 and From A Terrace In Prague.
Brian Gormley is an internationally acclaimed painter and
printmaker who has exhibited his prints at the Irish Museum of Modern
Art and The Graphic Studio Dublin, and paintings at many galleries and
venues worldwide. He has most recently exhibited work with Dublin’s
Cross Gallery at Scope Miami, 2012.
Rising from the ruins of a pre-famine village near Bolus Head, The Cill Rialaig Project was founded in 1991 by Noelle Campbell-Sharp
and has provided haven and retreat to thousands of international
artists; it recently celebrated its 21st anniversary with multiple
events across Ireland, including the presentation of On Bolus Head at the National Library of Ireland.
The On Bolus Head collaborative book was also listed No. 2 of the
top ten small press books of 2012 by Bart Plantenga for Karen the Small