Photocopy on Crane text, pigment marker on Ruscombe Queen Anne cover,
sewn pamphlet, 5.75 x 8.5 x .25 inches, number 8 from an edition of 30. $60
Artist’s book, 40 pp, unpaginated, 5.5 x 8.5 x .25 inches, text -photocopy on Crane’s 32 lb 100% cotton paper, cover – Arpa Chocolate handmade paper, number 20 from an edition of 50, $90
Video on DVD, NTSC, with sound, 11 min. 22 sec. $30
The Strange Life of an Old Man Clad Entirely in Leather centers on the enigmatic late-nineteenth-century historical figure known as the Leather Man, who dressed all in leather, slept in caves, didn’t speak, was fed by strangers, and continually walked a 360 mile circuit through Connecticut and New York. Each page reproduces a fragment of a newspaper account of the Leather Man, most published during his life and shortly after his death. Almost nothing was known of the man and his motives, so these accounts are a mixture of observation, projection, and hearsay. I have strung these accounts together to form a composite, contradictory portrait more of that time and place and society than of the man himself.
James Walsh was born in Brooklyn, New York, studied literature at Hobart College, Geneva, New York and Oxford University, England, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has been making visual work in a variety of media since 1986, and has shown throughout the US and in Turkey, Italy, England, and Sweden. He is the author of two books – Foundations (1997) and Solvitur ambulando (2003) – and numerous unique and limited-edition artist’s books. Awards and residencies include a Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey and residencies at MacDowell Colony, The Edward Albee Foundation, Art Omi, and Center for Book Arts in New York.