James Jean has announced his latest book, XENOGRAPH. This limited edition book will features paintings, drawings, digital works, and preliminary sketches of work created by the artist between 2010 and 2014. It will pick up from his last book REBUS, and will contain a seven page gatefold featuring panoramic compositions on all sides. This will complete the series of surreal ballpoint pen and ink drawings done in his sketchbook during this time.
The book is 292-pages, 12½″H × 9½″W with a clothbound hardcover. It will be printed on FSC-certified paper and bound domestically in the USA. There are 3 editions available for pre-order. The First Edition, which is limited to 3,000 copies, the Box Edition which is limited to 250 copies and comes with a letterpress print created exclusively for the release (seen above), and finally an Art Edition which is limited to 5 copies and comes with not only the letterpress but also an original sketch inside the book.
Stained glass maven, Judith Schaechter, recently published images of a very large new stained glass work called “The Battle of Carnival and Lent” on her blog. She created this work specifically for the Eastern State Penitentiary‘s long running art installation program, to which she was accepted last year. She’s been posting progress shots on her blog for a while now – I’ve posted some of them below along with shots of the final work.
The Eastern State Penitentiary is an unbelievably exciting venue for Judith to be showing her work. Like Alcatraz in San Francisco, the defunct jail is open to public tours and has Al Capone’s old cell dressed up the way he kept it back in the day (he was jailed in both locations during his career). Eastern State, however, has kept several of its hallways derelict and unswept, abandoned and dirty. Spaces that have been falling apart and eroding over the years since Philadelphia stopped using it in 1971 are kept in their tender state, dusty with caved-in ceilings. In some cells, knots of old tree roots have moved down and in, further eroding the building’s structure and warping what little light enters.