On July 10, 2013 the art show “Layers” by Connecticut artist William Evertson opened at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH. Several visitors traveled from Canada and New York to take in the show of artists books, moku hanga prints, and drawings. The Nash Gallery, located in the lower level of the Gordon-Nash Library, will be open for three final showings of Evertson’s artwork on Saturday, July 27, Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
(Scroll to the bottom of the article to watch a video of the exhibit and narrative by Gordon-Nash Library Director Cathy Vinčević)
Handmade books are among the artist’s works on display including his recent piece, “Today Only”, a 20-foot accordion book consisting of ten original photogravures and original poetry. The book is part travelogue and part documentation of performance art from Belgium and France.
In addition to the handmade books the exhibit includes original woodblock prints produced using traditional moku hanga techniques, three new prints from the artist’s Photobooth Kabuki, ink drawings, small handmade boxes with game themes as well as several images that illustrate scenes based on imagining endings to the unfinished 1944 novel, “Mount Analogue”, by French surrealist writer Rene Daumal.
Statement From the artist’s website
“Most simply, I am an artist. I make marks. With ink, dabs of paint, words and flickering electrons. Similar to remembering details in dreams, I grasp for small fragments of meaning.”
Evertson’s impulse for simplification over the last decade evolved from the Asian influences gained through an arts residency in Thailand working with Buddhist monks. Following his residency he studied for five years with master Japanese woodblock artist Keiji Shinohara.
To learn more about William Evertson and his work visit his website at http://www.williamevertson.net/