|Simon Redington's BOMB (2008)|
|A woodcut print from BOMB|
Redington's piece is based on the poem BOMB, written in 1958 by Gregory Corso, described as "a heart-felt homage to the terror of the H-Bomb." For the 50th anniversary of its publication, Redington worked for Kamikaze Press to produce this piece, featuring the original text with an artwork all his own. Most of the images in Redington's work were created with woodcuts, printed onto thick white paper that enhances the vibrancy of his piece.
One of my favorite parts of Redington's book is his outstanding use of color. The first page of the book, seen above, takes the image of a terrified soldier and uses a beautiful fade from red to black. For a book about the destructive force of the hydrogen bomb, Redington is not reduced to a nuclear-winter scheme of blacks and greys, but uses bold, bright images. The woodcut (right) mixes black with the starling reds and yellows against a soft blue background, enhancing the vibrancy of the already bright colors. The image of the America flag below even uses a hot, shocking pink!
|Two-page spread of BOMB|
Redington's BOMB, a part of the CBA's main exhibition, Fine & Dirty, as well and many others (including everything in our past Wednesday Exhibitions!) can be seen until March 31st, 2012. As always, admission to our exhibits is free, so stop on by Monday-Saturday and see them before they're gone!
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