It’s the last weekend to see The Brink: Andrew Dadson, the exhibition presented on the occasion of the biennial award given to an artist in British Columbia, Washington, or Oregon in the early stages of a promising career. This year’s recipient of The Brink is Andrew Dadson, whose canvasses, photographs, and works on paper have been on view in the Henry’s East Gallery since April. As we bid the show farewell we are happy to announce the launch of a publication to commemorate the artist and his first solo museum exhibition.
For this book we collaborated again with Portland-based Publication Studio, the independent publisher who was an artist-in-residence during last summer’s book-oriented program, Shelf Life. Publication Studio has helped countless artists, writers, and cultural organizations make and publish books, including two that the Henry and Publication Studio co-published last summer with the artists Lucy Pullen and Matthew Offenbacher.
Readers are taken on a photographic walk through the exhibition space, interspersed with detail images of key pieces. The installation was beautifully shot by Jones Sanchez, who captured both the immense size of the artworks as well as the bright colors peeking out between heavy black brushstrokes. The book also includes short essays by exhibition curator Sara Krajewski and Hedreen Gallery curator Jessica Powers, and an interview conducted by Reid Shier, the director of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver. These were typographically set in a bold, black font to suggest the monochromes so often present in Andrew’s work.
We were privileged to be able to work closely with Andrew on the design of this book, and because of this we were able to produce something truly special. Because not only was he gracious enough to dig up images and contribute his thoughts throughout the design process, Andrew decided to make the covers for the first edition of his book by hand.
That’s right. All 100 covers of the first edition have been handmade by Andrew Dadson, who crafted them in a manner similar to Painted Paper Folds Up, Down, Left, Right (2012), an artwork currently on view. Andrew spent a few days straight working on the covers before mailing them from his studio in Vancouver to Publication Studio in Portland, where the covers were bound to the rest of the book. The covers are incredibly tactile, the heavy coat of paint cracking at the edges formed by the folds in the paper. It takes the book from being a simple publication and into the realm of the artist multiple.
The Brink: Andrew Dadson comes down this Sunday, July 22 and the book will be available for purchase this weekend. We hope you’ll take one last look at the show and then stop by the front desk to check out the book and hold Andrew’s work in your own hands.
The Brink: Andrew Dadson
Limited edition of 100
Published June 2012 on the occasion of the exhibition The Brink: Andrew Dadson at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, on view April 21 to July 22, 2012 and organized by Henry Curator Sara Krajewski.
Texts by Sara Krajewski, Jessica Powers, and Reid Shier with Andrew Dadson
Design by Jayme Yen
Printed and bound by Publication Studio, Portland, Oregon
The Brink is made possible by the generous support of Henry patrons John and Shari Behnke, founders of The Brink award. The exhibition is organized for the Henry by Curator Sara Krajewski.