From the Editor's Desk: Revisiting Sideways Atlanta & Hambidge's Fables Exhibition Catalog

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Sideways Atlanta, Suzanne Winterberger and Bill Tomey, 1995, published by the Creative Intelligence Agency, paperback, 146 pages BW, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, ISBN: 096503335X

 
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Sideways Atlanta, Suzanne Winterberger and Bill Tomey, 1995, published by the Creative Intelligence Agency, paperback, 146 pages BW, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, ISBN: 096503335X

SUMMER READING: SIDEWAYS ATLANTA 
Sideways Atlanta, named “best tour guide for the city” by Atlanta magazine [“Secrets of the City” November 2002]written by Suzanne Winterberger and Bill Tomey—contains gravitating attractions, historical accounts of the city’s “rise from the ashes” and anecdotes of Atlanta’s legends: Hosea Williams, “Atlanta’s Most Notorious Driver,” Margaret Mitchell and James J. Andrews. Tomey and Winterberger have gracefully meshed the qualities of a offbeat guide—tours of the city and lists of popular places to visit—with engrossing tales of historical icons and haunting myths. Sideways Atlanta is appropriately titled to commemorate a neglected dog named Sideways, adopted by the Georgia Tech community and after sustaining injuries, began to literally walk sideways. Tomey and Winterberger, both photographers, began their work on the guide in 1993, and the resulting product is as uniquely southern as the excerpt describing grits.

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The guide’s cover is simple, and the black, white and red color scheme alludes to the spirit of sideshow advertisements such as, “Atlanta’s Elephant Graveyard, The KKK Robe Factory and Where the Sinkhole Ate 2 People and 3 Cars!” Inside, the guide is divided into chapters according to subject matter. Chapter 14, “Close Encounters,” delves into the supernatural, foretelling of the odd migration of pilgrims to Conyers, Georgia on the thirteenth of every month to hear to words of the Virgin Mary, spoken through Nancy Fowler. Also mentioned, the sighting of Christ’s face swirling in tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut billboard and the capture of the supposed space alien on highway 78 in 1953. Atlanta showcases its phoenix-like quality, Sherman’s march on Georgia scared the state, but Sideways Atlanta celebrates the city’s rebirth. Though the guide was written in 1995, the timelessness of these locations makes visiting them essential. The wonders mentioned can be experienced at any time; however, summer suggests longer days and flexible schedules, which allow greater opportunity to trot from spot to spot at your leisure.

Sideways Atlanta was published in 1995 by the Creative Intelligence Agency
Paperback, 146 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
ISBN: 096503335X
Price: $9.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling for every 3 books ordered
Available here
-Elizabeth Visscher


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Fables of the Eco-Future, self-published by The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, 83 pages, full color, 12×8 inches, edited by Lisa Alembik, designed by Joey Hannahford, available on blurb.com

 
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Fables of the Eco-Future, self-published by The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, 83 pages, full color, 12×8 inches, edited by Lisa Alembik, designed by Joey Hannahford, available on blurb.com

HAMBIDGE’S FABLES OF THE ECO-FUTURE, EXHIBITION CATALOG
The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences’s full color catalog of their recent Weave Shed Gallery exhibition, Fables of the Eco-Future (March 30-June 8, 2013), is a striking hardcover self-published by the Hambidge Creative Residency Program [12 x 8 inches, 83 pages, full color, glossy paper]. Edited by exhibition curator Lisa Alembik and designed by Joey Hannaford, this book indexes the work from the exhibition while providing supplemental material. The catalog opens with a table of contents of each piece, and follows with a letter from the executive director, Jamie Badoud, and a statement from the curator, Lisa Alembik. Charming foliage-shaped graphics sweep across the first few pages and border the bottom corners of every page accenting the page numbers. This volume provides the reader with high-resolution photographs (including the name, title, medium, and dimensions) of every work and text from the written pieces from the exhibition. It is also a treat to read artists’s and curator’s statements throughout. Self-published by Hambidge; available on blurb here.
-Edith Braggiotti-Painting


 
 
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