Last month, Tim Doyle took part in the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery’s Authors show, called “Adaptation.” Nakatomi is now proud to release the artist copies left over from the opening!
Above is pictured “Become Unstuck” Doyle’s tribute to Slaughterhouse-Five, the seminal classic from Kurt Vonnegut.
Here’s what Doyle had to say about the print shortly after he designed it, from his FLICKR page-
“SlaughterHouse Five is far and away my most favorite book. I first read Vonnegut’s Galapagos when I was in High School as part of a book assignment. The other novels on that list seemed incredibly boring to me at the time, and Galapagos was the only one that the English teacher (name escapes me…) said came close to Science Fiction, so that’s what I went for. After that, I was hooked, and went for Slaughterhouse Five next.
Slaughterhouse Five has shaped so much about my life and perception of it- how I feel about war, and reality, and death. It’s an alternately sweeping and small novel, and I can’t imagine it any differently than how it was written. Many times reading a book, I’ll think- “oh, it could be better if the author had done X instead.” But Slaughterhouse Five is written with an immutable authenticity- it could not have been any other way. Which is clearly a very Tralfamadorian concept, come to think of it.
This piece is probably my most ambitious- containing more actual drawing than maybe 3 other of my prints combined. I couldn’t boil Slaughterhouse down to one image or moment as I usually do with my film prints. I wanted it to appear like how the book describes the Tralfamadorian novel- you see the story all at once and have to perceive the entire structure as a whole work of beauty, with all it’s ups and downs.
Thank you for reading, and if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
“Become Unstuck” is an 18×24 hand-printed silkscreen, signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 100.
Never one to do just ONE piece for a show, Doyle also created this one while in the throes of a caffeine fit at 4AM shortly before the show opened-
Also from Tim Doyle’s FLICKR feed-
“For the ‘Adaptation’ Author’s show upcoming at Benjamin Benjamin gallery in Portland. Quote is from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, and the photo ref is from Jill Krementz. Hand drawn and then scanned and colored. I used a brush for the whole thing, and really had a blast. I actually think I might do more work like this. One of my favorite quotes, I said it to my son through the glass the day he was born, as he was in the nursery with all the other babies.”
“Got to Be Kind” is a hand-printed silkscreen, and measures 16×20. This is a copper metallic ink edition of 15, part of the original pressing, but held back for Nakatomi sales. There was a blue edition that was sold only at the gallery in an edition of 50, and sold out at the show.
As you can see, these prints come from a very personal place for the artist, and we’re very proud to have them here in the store.
Both prints are available HERE in the Tim Doyle section of the Nakatomi store.
-alex fugazi, wampeter collector.