“Into the Woods” : Glasgow, Tuesday, June 12th

“Into the Woods” brings together Stuckemeier’s painting installation “What is the Taste of Magenta?” (2018) and three of Huddleston’s large-scale, archival photographs from the series “Canto 1: The Dark Forest” (2018).

The works of these two artists play with interiority and exteriority. Huddleston’s photographs take the viewer, quite literally “into the woods,” leaving them in a dark interior, one created by the natural world.  Stuckemeier’s free-hanging installation creates an interior space that surrounds the visitor with the sensual experience of magenta, a color that represents the link between heaven and earth.

The spaces created by both of these artists are a locus of transformation, a meeting place between worlds.  Although Stuckemeier’s and Huddleston’s practice span very different media, the resulting works share a clarity and visual simplicity.  Together they leave the viewer on the threshold.

Alexandra Huddleston: https://www.alexandrahuddleston.com

Stuckemeier, Gabriele: https://www.gabrielestuckemeier.com

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Canto I: The Dark Forest – Now Online

Canto 1: The Dark Forest

The three photographs in the series “Canto I: The Dark Forest” were made in Northern New Mexico, USA, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  They take the viewer into the woods, leaving them in a dark interior, one created by the natural world.  It is a space of transformation, a meeting place between worlds.  Clear, visually simple, these photographs leave the viewer on the threshold…

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BELOW: Studio installation shot. May 2018.

Timbuktu Talk at New York University

On Wednesday, April 11th, I was joined by professors Ousmane Kane and Michael Gomez for a discussion about West Africa’s scholarly tradition.

Thank you to everyone who made it such a thought-provoking event!!

The event was co-sponsored by New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department, History Department, Africana Studies Department, and Medieval & Renaissance Center, with support from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

Link: https://wp.nyu.edu/library-news/timbuktu-and-beyond-the-past-present-and-future-of-west-african-manuscript-collections-4-11-at-630pm-bobst/

The year’s round-up

2017 was a productive year.  So much so that I’ve fallen behind on updating this blog over the last few months!  My apologies.

Rather than trying to catch-up, here’s a round-up of the year’s highlights:

RESIDENCIES:

Last April, I was in residence for three week at Cill Rialaig, County Kerry, Ireland.  I lived and worked in my very own cottage on the side of a cliff facing Ballinskelligs Bay.  It’s an area full of both Neolithic and early Christian archeological sites.  Of course, I spent much of my time walking the surrounding hills.

In October, I participated in Common Ground, an interdisciplinary group residency in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland.  It was a week of intense conversation and creativity among a dynamic and international group of artists.  Of course, I went walking in the mountains almost everyday!

NEW WORK:

I have a new portfolio online, “Summer Grasses” : https://www.alexandrahuddleston.com/summer/

The work was made during my third pilgrimage, the 700 kilometer route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the south of France.  Although the photographs are online, in some ways the project is still ‘in progress’ since I’m in the middle of working on the book, which will be the true ‘final version’ of the work.

PUBLICATIONS:

“Vertigo” is now a hand-bound, limited edition artists book (of only 5!).

You can learn a bit more about the book here: https://www.alexandrahuddleston.com/books/

Photographs from “333 Saints” were part of an excellent article in Ultreia (July – September 2017, pp. 35–50. Print) on Fondo Kati’s amazing work in historical research and manuscript conservation: “D'Al-Andalous a Tombouctou: Le Fabuleux Voyage Des Manuscrits De Tombouctou”

Tupelo Quarterly featured a small poetry-photography collaboration between myself and my brother, the poet Robert Huddleston: http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/pied-beauty-by-alexandra-huddleston-robert-huddleston/

Gerhard Clausing wrote a lovely little review of “East or West” in The PhotoBook. (29 June 2017) Web. : https://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/alexandra-huddleston-east-or-west-a-walking-journey-along-shikokus-88-temple-pilgrimage/

 

As always, thank you for your interest my work.

Artists exist only through the kindness and support of their communities.  As I look back on the work and accomplishments of each year, I am reminded that everything good that has happened comes from this foundation: Thank You!

All the very best,

Alexandra

Ultreïa Magazine features Timbuktu’s Fondo Kati, illustrated with three of my photographs

The July –September issue of Ultreïa magazine includes a beautiful article on Timbuktu’s ancient manuscript library, the Fondo Kati.  The owners of the library trace their descent from a fifteenth-century scholar from Spain and the Songhay Emperors of Mali.  This is also the family I lived with during my year in Timbuktu.

I’m so pleased to see the head of the family, Ismaël Diadié Haïdara, featured in the article.  He tells the story of the family’s manuscripts and of his recent exile.

Three of my photographs from 2007 accompany the piece.

Quentin, Florence. “D'Al-Andalous a Tombouctou: Le Fabuleux Voyage Des Manuscrits De Tombouctou.” Ultreia, July – September 2017, pp. 35–50. Print.

 

New Work Now Online: “Summer Grasses”

“I have found what I came for, whatever it was!”

—journal entry from the end of my first pilgrimage

Between 2009 and 2014, I walked three of the world’s most important pilgrimages—in Spain, Japan and France—travelling over 2500 kilometers by foot.  The photographs in “Summer Grasses” are from my third pilgrimage, the 700 kilometer route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the south of France.  The work shows changes in the land, light, weather and spirit during thirty-four days of walking.

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 July 14, Rain fell before dawn

July 14, Rain fell before dawn

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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