Thursday, January 31, 2019

Book Beginning: Mary Chomenko Hinckley: Material Evolution



Throughout history, artists have helped us see the world in new and exciting ways. They have revealed the beauty and the grandeur as well as the complexities and the not-so-beautiful of the world.

-- from the Foreword by Brian Ferriso, in Mary Chomenko Hinckley: Material Evolution. Mary is an American artist who works in bronze, resin, glass, and photography. Her new book is a monograph of her stunning work.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


Mary creates images strictly from her own personal experiences and concerns, past and present, and the imaginative equivalents they suggest to her. The narrative, if there is one, stems from the secret world of the artist.

-- from "Images, Words, and Letters: Seeking Meaning in the Art of Mary Chomenko Hinckley," an essay by Paul J. Karlstrom. There was only a picture on page 56, so this was as close as I could get. Paul is an art historian, author, and the former West Coast regional director of the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Art.


Roberta said...

Seeing the title inspired me to check the art on her website. An interesting mix of realistic and invented designs in juxtaposition. Hope you enjoy the book!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

Bev Bouwer said...

I love the art on the cover of the book, thank you for sharing and enjoy the book.

Breana M. said...

Mary Chomenko Hinckley: Material Evolution sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for mentioning it!

Yvonne said...

Interesting book. Have a great weekend!

Louise Ferrell said...

The cover art is really cool!

Anne Bennett said...

I often find myself inadvertantly reading books like your selection this week. I hope you enjoy it. My quotes from Where the Crawdads Sing

Kathy Martin said...

I don't read nonfiction but this sound like a fascinating biography. I'm featuring The Military Wife by Laura Trentham from my review stack this week. Happy reading!

Literary Feline said...

This sounds interesting. I don't often read books like this, but I do like hearing the story behind a piece of art. I hope you have a great weekend.

Laura Thomas said...

I don't read a lot of non fiction but this sounds fascinating.

My Friday 56 from Match Me If You Can

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Sounds like an interesting and beautifully illustrated read!

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