The Atrium Gallery at Corning Community College presents: Edward A. Dougherty's The Book of Emblems, a project that updates a form popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. Combining a woodblock print with a verse, emblem books often taught morals and illustrated proverbs. In this way, both the literate and illiterate could “read” the book and be edified. Complementing his work are ikebana floral arrangements by Natsue Kobayashi and selected pottery pieces.
Edward A. Dougherty is a poet living in Corning, NY. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and has published 2 books of poetry and 5 chapbooks, the most recent of which is Backyard Passages (2012, FootHills Publishing). Long interested in crafting language that evokes images, Dougherty has also published poems in response to visual arts. He is developing his chapbook The Luminous House, in response to Paul Klee, by working with artwork by Marc Chagall; the working title is Under a Secret Zodiac.
The public is invited to a free opening reception for the artist and poet on Thursday, February 13 from 3 to 6 pm, with music by William Groome. The exhibit runs through March 13, 2014.