DATE: 11/20/2011 | BY JANE BROWN
Please join Book Soup and ARTBOOK | Paper Chase on Tuesday, November 29, from 7-9pm at the ARTBOOK | Paper Chase showroom--7174 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood--for a spirited discussion about Southern California’s blasting and wondrous light with esteemed author and critic Lawrence Weschler and critically acclaimed photographers and bookmakers Mike Light and Mike Slack. Weschler will discuss his new book, Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, in relation to Light and Slack’s Los Angeles imagery. Light will present aerial photographs of the city--in bright daylight and electrified darkness--from his new book, LA Day/LA Night. Slack will show his classic Polaroids of the west, along with a preview of some new digital work.
A reception and book signing with all of the panelists and reception will follow. Weschler will sign copies of Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative; Vermeer in Bosnia; Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees and True to Life. Mike Light will sign copies of LA Day/LA Night; Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack; 100 Suns and Full Moon. Mike Slack will sign copies of : OK, OK, OK; Scorpio; and Pyramids.
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required and will be accepted until venue capacity is reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAWRENCE WESCHLER was a staff writer for The New Yorker from 1981 to 2002 and is a contributing editor of McSweeney’s and Threepenny Review. He is the author, The Passion of Poland; Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin; David Hockney’s Cameraworks; Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder; A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces; Boggs: A Comedy of Values; Robert Irwin: Getty Garden; Vermeer in Bosnia; Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences. Mr. Wilson was shortlisted for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Everything that Rises received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Weschler’s newest book, Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, released last month.
A two-time winner of the George Polk Award and a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award, Lawrence Weschler has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and NYU, where he is now distinguished writer in residence at the Carter Journalism Institute, and director of the New York Institute for the Humanities.
MIKE LIGHT is a Bay Area photographer focused on the environment and how American culture relates to it. He has exhibited worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Library, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.
A private pilot, Light is currently working on an extended aerial photographic survey of the Western states, which won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Radius Books published the first of a planned multi-volume series of this work, Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, in the fall of 2009. The second, LA Day/LA Night, was released in April, 2011.
Light is also known for his work in public archives. Full Moon used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts, and 100 Suns explored military photographs of U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations.
MIKE SLACK lives and works in Los Angeles. He is the co-founder of The Ice Plant (http://theiceplant.cc) and the author of three photo books: OK OK OK; Scorpio and Pyramids.
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