Nov. 14, 2011 - April 6, 2012
The University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery presented works by photographer Van
Edwards alongside poetry by his son Joshua Edwards. Titled "Campeche," the name of
pirate Jean Lafitte's colony on Galveston Island, the exhibition was on view from
Nov. 14, 2011, through Jan. 13, 2012.
First conceived as a book of poetry and photographs and published by Noemi Press earlier this year, Van Edwards and Joshua Edwards describe Campeche as a meditation on life by the sea, natural forces and the future. It is also a dialog between a father and a son, and an ode to disappearance. In conjunction with the opening reception on Nov. 14, Joshua Edwards, along with UHCL faulty members Shreerekha Subramanian and John Gorman, read a selection of original poetry.
About the Artist and Poet: Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. His first collection of poetry, Campeche, was published by Noemi Press in 2011, and his translation of Mexican poet Maria Baranda's Ficticia was published by Shearsman Books in 2010; another poetry collection, Imperial Nostalgias, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2013. He has received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Program, Vermont Studio Center, Zoland Poetry, University of Michigan, Stanford University and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, where he will be a fellow in residence from October 2012 through September 2013. Van Edwards is a photographer, educator and carpenter. He has received grants from Houston Endowment Inc., the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., and his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions. He lives in Clear Lake Shores, Texas, and is an adjunct faculty member at UHCL.