Thank you Cill Rialaig!

I spent the month of April at the Cill Rialaig artist residency in County Kerry, Ireland, pursuing my photographic work on the Celtic landscape.

Cill Rialaig is a residency that truly respects the time and effort that are part of the creative process, offering time and space in seven rent-free stone cottages in a reconstructed pre-famine village.  It brings world-class artists to a remote peninsula in rural Ireland, and for those of us who spend time there, that place settles, embedded, in our heart.

Recent book reviews on Instagram

For those of you who don’t yet know, most of my recent pieces of writing are mini book reviews that I have been posting on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adh2103/

I approach books from a wide variety of genres, with a particular focus on art books and work of art theory and criticism.

I’m particularly proud of my most recent post on “7 Reece Mews; Francis Bacon's Studio,” -- (Thames and Hudson 2001), a collection of Perry Ogden’s photographs of Bacon’s South Kensington studio after his death.

A Poetry – Photography Collaboration Published by the Tupelo Quarterly

The Tupelo Quarterly just published a pairing of Robert Huddleston’s poetry and my photography.

As we write in our process statement:

“The poems and photographs seemed to pair off like dance partners. We see the relationship of text and image here as complimentary yet also somewhat antagonistic: an interlocking, refractive sequence, which, like dissonant music, harmonizes but never completely resolves.”

Take a look here: http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/pied-beauty-by-alexandra-huddleston-robert-huddleston/

Online sale of Icelandic landscape photographic prints (through February 24th, 2017)

I’m starting this year off with a 30 day print sale of work from “Vertigo”!

I’ve selected ten of the best photographs from the project, and only ten copies of each of these photographs will be part of this sale.

Check out the work on sale here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/icelandic-landscapes-limited-edition-print-sale-ma

I decided to launch this sale in order to raise money to fund my upcoming residency at the Cill Rialaig Retreat in County Kerry, Ireland.  Cill Rialaig is a restored village of stone cottages, located on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.  I went through a competitive application process to secure the month-long residency, which offers a free studio-cottage for a month, complete with a peat burning stove!  However, I will have to cover my own airfare and living expenses, and hence the sale.

I’m using the Kickstarter platform for the sale because it has a clear, well design and easy to use layout.

Link to the online sale: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/icelandic-landscapes-limited-edition-print-sale-ma

2016 Portfolio Book, handmade

This year I designed and bound my portfolio book myself.  Here are a few photographs of the final piece.

YEAR : 2016

SIZE : 12.75 in by 8.5 in by 1 in (32 cm by 22 cm by 2.5)

MEDIUM : hardcover, Japanese stab binding, handcrafted

OTHER : designed and fabricated by Alexandra Huddleston

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“How To Flatten a Mountain” exhibition opening July 7th at 7pm

The group exhibition “How To Flatten a Mountain” will open at 7pm on July 7th at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin!

Exhibition duration: July 8th through July 24th

Cost: free and open to the public.

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Be sure to visit if you are in Ireland!

The publicity announcement below features a section of one of my photographs that will be in the show.  Text from the press release reads: “Alexandra Huddleston’s work explores the visible trace of human activity on the natural world, pinpointing moments of intersection and aftermath with a degree of clarity and definition rarely afforded to the naked eye.”

More Information can be found here: http://2016.photoireland.org/show/how-to-flatten-a-mountain/

Cow House Studios: Residency in Ireland

In May, I was one of eleven photographers invited to participate in the Cow House Studios, How to Flatten a Mountain residency.

Over the course of ten days, we were inspired by workshops with the Irish artists Karl Burke, Miriam O’ Connor, and Paul Gaffney.

Curators Ángel luis González and Kate Strain worked with us to select the photographs for an exhibition that will be held at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin during PhotoIreland Festival 2016.

The amazing Frank Abruzzese was our host, cook, and man of all trades.

I had a wonderful time working with and learning from everyone involved!

Look forward to news about the upcoming exhibition….

Social Media

Just a reminder, you can find me on social media on:

Twitter: @alexhuddle

Instagram: adh2103

[blogging with a particular emphasis on photography and book reviews (all genres)]

A new series of work up on the website!

VERTIGO

“East lies to the north, and puddles collect in the firmament.  We are disoriented, seeking a provisional vantage.  Titled “Vertigo,” these metaphysical landscapes are made on an island in the North Atlantic where all the elements are in flux…”

  See the photographs: http://www.alexandrahuddleston.com/vertigo/

Over the coming months and years I will be adding to the selection of photographs as I review the existing archive and as I make new work...so look forward to more to come...

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"333 Saints" in Major British Library Exhibition

On October 16, 2015 the British Library Exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” opened to critical acclaim:

http://www.bl.uk/events/west-africa-word-symbol-song

(Open until Tue 16 Feb 2016)

The event includes five photographs from Alexandra’s project “333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.”

A great review of the show can be read in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/16/british-library-west-africa-word-symbol-song-exhibition

On Thursday, October 15th, Alexandra spoke about her Timbuktu work at SOAS, University of London.  The event was well attended and included an excellent question and answer exchange (at least from the perspective of the presenter!)

https://www.soas.ac.uk/cas/events/15oct2015-timbuktu--an-illustrated-talk-by-alexandra-huddleston.html