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A 50-page, limited edition art book featuring images by Eric Hibit and writing by Wayne Koestenbaum, including hand-painted endpapers
A 50-page, limited edition art book featuring images by Eric Hibit and writing by Wayne Koestenbaum, including hand-painted endpapers
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Paintings and Fables features a selection of my acrylic paintings made between 2008 - 2016. My paintings explore notions of beauty and desire. My inspirations include natural objects (such as flowers and shells), Memphis design, kitsch decoration, Persian miniatures, and children’s book illustration. Beginning with a black-and-white painting from 2008, the book progresses chronologically, showing the development of my color sensibility.     

I'm honored that author and artist Wayne Koestenbaum contributes six delirious and delicious written works to this book. Each of Wayne's fables reads like a dream: a fragment of narrative without beginning or end. They are impossible, vivid, and mysterious. The pairings in Paintings and Fables explore how stories and pictures might open each other up: two imaginations, side-by-side, dancing. 

As a special feature, I physically intervene in the publication by adding hand-made ink paintings on the front and back endpapers of each book. This makes each book a unique piece of art. 

Design by Evan Gaffney 

Paintings and Fables

by Eric Hibit and Wayne Koestenbaum

Publishing date: 2017

Book Launch event, October 2017, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY

50 pages, hardcover, 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"

Edition of 120, with original ink paintings on the front and back endpapers of each book

About Eric Hibit:

photo: Jason Falchook
photo: Jason Falchook

Eric Hibit (born Rochester, NY 1976) lives and works in New York. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has exhibited nationally at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, and internationally in Giverny, France and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in the Village Voice and the Washington Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.

About Wayne Koestenbaum:

photo: Katherine McMahon
photo: Katherine McMahon

Wayne Koestenbaum has published eighteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Notes on Glaze, The Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other Essays, Hotel Theory, Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Andy Warhol, Humiliation, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). He has had solo exhibitions of his paintings at White Columns (New York), 356 Mission (L.A.), and the University of Kentucky Art Museum. His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, will be issued by Ugly Duckling Presse Records this year. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and French at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Original ink paintings by Eric Hibit available for a contribution of $200 or more (includes signed copy of Paintings and Fables), from upper left: Pitcher with Chinoiserie, Carrier Shell, Shaker Chair, Gold Bars Stacked High, Imperial Delphinula, Moroccan Rug, Honey Dripper, Cock's Comb Oyster, 2015-2017, ink on paper, 23 x 17 1/2" each

Original acrylic paintings by Eric Hibit available for the contribution of $1800 or more (includes signed copy of Paintings and Fables), from upper left: Seahorse Family, Tulip Fields, Jupiter from Mars, Cosmic Conch, Blue Mushrooms, Dive Into Love, 2015-2016, acrylic on paper, 17 x 14" each, framed in plexiglas with options of white or natural wood finish. 

Risks and challenges

"Paintings and Fables" is my first publication. While the process of publishing is new for me, I am confident that "Paintings and Fables" will be a success because I've thoroughly researched the multiple aspects of publishing including design, layout, printing, and binding. I've found solutions for each of these that work within the financial goals of this project. Evan Gaffney brings years of design and printing experience to this project. Of course, unforeseen challenges may come up in the process. I'm confident that my preparations for this project will enable to me to effectively handle new challenges as they emerge.

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