Publisher: West Hollywood, California: St. Ann’s Press, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 109512
First edition, first and only printing. Hardcover. Fine red cloth-covered boards, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Paintings by Darren Waterston. Essay by Benjamin Weissman. Poetry by Amy Gerstler. 114 pp., with 63 four-color plates. 12 x 10 inches. This first edition was limited to 2250 copies.
Near Fine (damp stains to first and last few pages, not affecting plates, else Fine), in Near Fine dust jacket (light foxing to the jacket interior, else Fine).
From the publisher: "Darren Waterson's early paintings were interpretations of conventional landscape imagery, depicted as meditations on fertility and decomposition. Examples of the early work appear in this book, but the majority of the paintings are from a more recent period where he shifts the focus of the work away from decaying abstraction into one of exoticism, decadence, and an underlying erotic sensuality. Waterson uses traditional painting materials and techniques, and the multiple layers of paint that are the foundation for his works infuse them with a wet, atmospheric quality. He also has an acute interest in the aesthetics of the East, and motifs of the Orient punctuate every picture. The paintings that at first appear quite ethereal and whimsical upon further investigation reveal a sensuality combining a poetic language of flora and fauna with an overt observation about the human body and other creatures. The result is a complex layering of opposing forces: beautiful and unsettling, appealing and revealing, extroverted and introspective."