As part of the November Blue Night series in Nelson, Robert E. Livingood will be releasing 'In Wonder & Warpaint', a new book of essays illustrated by Stephanie Kellett. Not a traditional reading, the event will be more of an installation, inclusive of original images from the book, and a sculptural/sound installation of Robert's.
Soft cover books will be available at the event. Hardcover will be available through order only. Prints of the main chapter art will be available as well.
116 pages, full color images
We all have experiences we'd rather not remember - ones we try to run from, ones we ignore, and ones we repress. Whether we consciously remember them or not, they form who we become. These experiences can make or break us. If they make us, they always resurface later as a story to tell. For this reason, In Wonder and Warpaint exists.
This book is many things: it represents moments in the life of a young boy growing up fast in places like Detroit, Houston, and L.A. during the late 70s and early 80s; it's a tale of love as strong as a mother bear protecting her cubs; it's a personal account of the influential power of art, culture, and punk rock, and it's a coming of age story set in a collapsing world that is simultaneously being re-birthed. But more than anything, this collection of illustrated essays is like a poem of wild beauty scrawled upon piles of broken rubble and urban decay.