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All American School Approved Brand by Cathy Gayhardt
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Once upon a time there was a church in downtown Baltimore where there was a very nice hall called the Red Door Hall. All sorts of interesting things happened there - including a concert by Z'Ev, Fred van Hove, & the Tinklers Big Band (all in one nite!). In the same church, in the same yr as the aforementioned concert (1979), there was an art gallery called The Little Room Gallery. It was a private project of one Cathy Gayhardt. I always admired her sitting there, probably usually alone, trying to make it happen.

Cathy made photocopied artist's books that used her drawings & photobooth portraits of herself & her typewriting. Photocopying was somewhat new & exciting at the time. I remember access to photocopiers being somewhat rare in Baltimore then. Photobooths were exciting too. All 3 of the bks I have by her use these self-portraits. They're usually somewhat deadpan, almost Buster Keatonesque.

When I was looking thru this bk from back to front I was thinking: What can I write about this? The drawings are very Kandinsky? &, Lo & Behold!, in the front of the bk there's a quote from Kandinsky - so the comparison's fair. The drawings appear to've been done w/ pen & ink & charcoal. They're very delicate, lively, balanced w/o being symmetrical.

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June 3, 2008 – Shelved
June 3, 2008 – Shelved as: artists-books

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