I take the show on the road and visit with artists Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, who have worked collaboratively under the name MANUAL since 1974. They have a new body of work on display at Moody Gallery titled Raising Nature. The exhibition, held concurrently with the Fotofest 2016 Biennial, has the artists directing their attention outdoors, reflecting on trees and their significance to the world we inhabit.  

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Additional Raising Nature and MANUAL images and links below:

Left: The live oak tree behind their house.
Right: Trees Flower #7 (Hawthorn, fruit stage), 2015, archival pigment print, ed: 5, 39 1/2″ x 30 1/2″.
Header image above: Detail from Yellow Birch Cycle #4, May 18 [10:39:21—10:42:17 am].
Artwork images courtesy of Moody Gallery and the artists. Photos of backyard tree and books are mine.

Yellow Birch Cycle #4, May 18 [10:39:21—10:42:17 am],
2015, archival pigment print, ed: 5, 33 1/8″ x 43 1/4″.

Visual Bibliography, 2015, archival pigment print, ed: 5, 34 3/8″ x 43 1/2″.

Books from the Hill/Bloom collection that have informed the development of the new body of work.

Show Notes:
Raising Nature
exhibition page
 on Moody Gallery’s website (features many more images from the exhibition).
2005 MANUAL interview by Anne Tucker in SPOT Magazine.

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  • Excellent interview. “Trees have their own agenda.” Love that. And I finally got to hear how they came up with “MANUAL.” I sure do miss those two. Wish I could be there to see the actual exhibition. The images are quite lovely. I have to go measure my oak trees now…lol They’re very old as well. Thanks for spillin’ some stuff, Brian.

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