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Artist book published to coincide with a solo museum exhibition at SECCA in NC; this will be the first publication of Frank's work

UPDATE (August 7) : The opening reception for Frank Selby: Misunderstanding at SECCA has been changed to Friday October 26.  Please mark your calendars - hope to see you all there!

UPDATE (July 28) : Due to your generosity we can now afford offset printing (instead of digital printing) on a nicer paper stock!Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This will make the artwork reproduce to its maximum potential.  If we raise additional funds we will continue to upgrade the printing process and materials.  We will not print more than the original 500 copies.    

UPDATE (July 17) :Thank you for helping us reach our initial goal!  We hope you will continue to share this campaign with your contacts.  If we continue to exceed the goal we will be able to print on nicer paper stock and maybe even upgrade to a hard cover! 

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA (www.secca.org) is organizing a select survey of Frank Selby’s drawings from the past five years of his already considerable practice. The exhibition will include 17 works created between 2008-2012, including 3-4 new works that will premiere at SECCA. Curated by Steven Matijcio, SECCA's Curator of Contemporary Art, Frank Selby: Misunderstanding is slated to run from October 25, 2012 to February 10, 2013 and we hope that you are able to join us on this special occasion. This is Selby’s first solo exhibition in North Carolina, and his first in a museum context – making this a true moment to celebrate, and commemorate.

The focus of the show will be on Selby’s figurative work, tracing the evolution of his sublime draftsmanship alongside the devolution of the frayed social fabric/s he mines. More specifically, Selby meditates on the breakdown of societal order through meticulously rendered pencil drawings on paper and vellum. In so doing, he draws special attention to the way information is obscured through media translation and memory – creating finely detailed, but fundamentally skewed documents akin to decaying video stills, film skips and faded photos.

In his words, “By bringing attention to the idea of failures and miscommunications, I try to make of them a presence and suggest the infinite array of similar miscommunications, small and large, that make up our social and political reality.”

In an effort to extend this exhibition beyond its finite dates, and to create a fitting document of this pivotal moment in Selby’s career, SECCA is working closely with the artist to produce a catalog. The book will be printed in North Carolina through a local company, and we will also work with a local designer. It will be a soft cover catalog of approximately 80 pages, with both black & white and color images.

This book will be a unique reflection of Selby’s work – elegant, sophisticated, and simmering with energy – but it can only happen with your support. Please support us in this grassroots, community and supporter driven effort, and make this moment in Selby’s career one to remember. 

Drawings by Frank:

"Laughter"  2008  Graphite on Mylar  32x28in
"Laughter" 2008 Graphite on Mylar 32x28in
"Light Blue Riot"  2010  Watercolor on Mylar  18x24in
"Light Blue Riot" 2010 Watercolor on Mylar 18x24in
"rriioott"  2008  Graphite on Mylar  11x18.5in
"rriioott" 2008 Graphite on Mylar 11x18.5in
"Now on Now"  2011  Graphite on Mylar  31.5x24in
"Now on Now" 2011 Graphite on Mylar 31.5x24in
"Double Fist"  2011  Film Marker on Mylar  18x33in
"Double Fist" 2011 Film Marker on Mylar 18x33in

Project Details:

Budget:  The budget includes printing of 500 copies of the catalog, design, honorariums for writers and domestic rewards shipping.

Designer:  Donna Wojek Gibbs (Greensboro, NC)

Printer: Sun Printing Company, Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)

Photography: Steve Norman (Salisbury, NC)

Framing (of rewards):  Fine Frame Gallery (Salisbury, NC)

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