River of Grass: Dorothy Simpson Krause


August 25 through September 28, 2012 Jaffe Book Arts Gallery  

This exhibition is an homage to Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her seminal book, “The Everglades: River of Grass,” and is also a record of the Krause's time here at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts last spring as JCBA's inaugural Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence.

The Everglades is one of America's most unusual rivers, forty miles wide and over 100 miles long, slow moving and ranging from a few inches to a few feet in depth. Only half its original size, the Everglades has been largely destroyed to meet the demands of urban and agricultural growth. To capture the grandeur of this unique region, Krause combined photography, painting and printmaking techniques on surfaces as diverse as aluminum and fresco. The resulting images focus on the beauty of this rare ecosystem in its pristine reflectivity and, in the eroded surfaces, it’s fragility.

For her residency at JCBA and to focus on the history and ecology of the Everglades, Krause produced an exquisite small artists' book portfolio: a handmade envelope referencing a packet of documents an early settler might have carried. The portfolio is comprised of ten 7" x 10" folios that combine the artist's images of the Everglades with historic photographs, documents and maps. The portfolio was produced in a limited edition of 36 in the Spring of 2012 at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. (Download a PDF describing the process here.)    

This exhibition also launches the sale of "River of Grass" artists' book portfolios. The limited edition portfolio sells for $850; sales benefit the Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program at JCBA. Florida sales tax of 6% must be collected, also, for books purchased here at the Jaffe Center or shipped to a Florida address. For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, please contact John Cutrone: jcutrone@fau.edu

Sunday September 9, 2012 at 3 PM Jaffe Book Arts Gallery. Join us for a gallery talk by Dot Simpson Krause as she discusses the project and her residency. The talk will also include a reading of the poem "Amphibian" by Miami poet C.M. Clark, who collaborated with Krause on a broadside project completed during Krause's residency.

Visitor parking is available in the library parking lot. The metered system accepts coin, cash and credit cards at the rate of $1 per hour. Posted gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM, or by appointment. Weekend hours as announced through JCBA emails or on the JCBA Facebook page.