SETH

GEORGE SPROTT 1894-1975
AN EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS
FROM THE PICTURE NOVELLA

Also: Six Cardboard Buildings from the Imaginary City of Dominion
and paintings from Aimee Mann's "Lost in Space"

February 5 - March 13


Exhibition Poster, Front: 19 1/4" x 14"


Exhibition Poster, Back: 14" x 19 1/4"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SETH

GEORGE SPROTT
AN EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS
FROM THE PICTURE NOVELLA

February 5 - March 13, 2010

........ Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings, paintings on paper and sculpture by Seth from February 5 through March 13, 2010. This will be Seth's first U.S. solo exhibition and will include 50 artworks, the majority of which comprise the bulk of his celebrated Graphic Novel GEORGE SPROTT 1894-1975 (originally serialized in The New York Times Sunday Magazine from 2006 to 2007). In addition, the exhibition will feature 6 of Seth's Dominion city cardboard architectural models, each of which has been specifically constructed for this event. Each of these buildings represents a specific location associated with the character of George Sprott himself. Also included in the exhibition are Seth's original gouache and ink paintings from Aimee Mann's sublime 2002 album LOST IN SPACE.


........ GEORGE SPROTT is the story of an 81 year old fictional TV personality in the last hours of life before his fatal heart attack in 1975. Told as a patchwork tale, we come to know George, piece by piece, in a series of "interviews", flashbacks and personal reminiscences. It is a story about time, identity, loss, and the persistence of memory. In the end it is left to the reader to decide whether George's existence was a life well lived or a tragedy of wasted potential. The GEORGE SPROTT drawings presented in this exhibition are self contained, single page stories, each encapsulating a piece of the larger George Sprott puzzle. GEORGE SPROTT has recently been selected among the best books of 2009 at both Amazon and Google and also in The New York Times.


........ Seth was born Gregory Gallant in Clinton, Ontario in 1962. He grew up in a variety of small south-Western Ontario towns until moving to Toronto in 1980 to attend the Ontario College of Art. He is the author of "It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken," "Clyde Fans," and "Wimbledon Green," all published by Drawn and Quarterly Publications of Montreal. In 2005, "Clyde Fans" won the Doug Wright Award for best book. A hardcover edition containing selections from his sketchbooks titled "Vernacular Drawings" was released in 2001. His long running comic book series PALOOKAVILLE has been appearing annually since 1991. Seth's books have been published in seven languages. In 2005, Canada's Art Gallery of Ontario honored Seth with a career retrospective featuring work from his graphic novels and the first exhibition of his cardboard city. His work has also appeared many times in The New Yorker, both inside and on the covers. A feature documentary film about Seth and his work will be released in 2011 by the National Film Board of Canada.


........ Seth is also an award winning book designer and has designed for a wide variety of publishing houses. He is perhaps best known for his designs on the long running "Complete Peanuts" and for the "John Stanley Library." In 2006 he designed the covers for "The Portable Dorothy Parker" for the Penguin Classics line. Seth lives and works in Guelph, Ontario.


........ The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or abaumgold@aol.com.

 

CKCK Viewer's Guide, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ½" x 18 ½"

 

Northern Hi-lights with George Sprott, 2007
Ink on paper

19" x 15 ½"


Prologue, 2007
Ink on paper
19" x 18 ½"

 

Merrily We Roll Along, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ¾" x 19 ¾"


A Fresh Start, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ½" x 19 ¼"


Bluebird Cafe, Frank Street Location, 2009
Mixed media
c. 8 1/4" x 7" x 8"

*see description below

 

Channel 10 on Your Dial, 2007
Ink on paper
21" x 18 ½"

 

Friday Fright Night, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 18 ½"

 

7:01 PM, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ½" x 19 ¼"


The Gentleman Adventurer, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ¾" x 19 ½"


7:25 PM, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 20"


St. Henri of the Woods, 2009
Mixed media
c. 12 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 11 1/2"
*see description below

 

Uncle George, 2007
Ink on paper
20 ¾" x 19"


The Institute of Polar Studies, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 19"


"Enjoy Our High-Hat Service," 2009
Ink on paper
19" x 19"


The White Dream, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 19"


CKCK Viewer's Guide, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ½" x 18 ½"


The Forest Heights Cemetery Carillon, 2009
Mixed media
c. 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"
*see description below

 

The Daughter, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ½" x 19"


A few words from the man himself
Ink on paper
19 ¼" x 19"


5th Floor, 2007
Ink on paper
19 ½" x 19"


A Funny Dream, 2007
Ink on paper
20 ¼" x 19"


. I Remember, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 18 ½"


The J.Morgan Smith Private Landing Library, 2009
Mixed media
c. 11 1/2" x 6" x 9 1/2"
*see description below

 

A Confection for the Mind, 2007
Ink on paper
20 ½" x 18 ½"


8:25 PM, 2007
Ink on paper
19" x 18"


Every Thursday, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 18"


The Narwhal Press, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 18"


And so, here we are, 2007
Ink on paper
19" x 18 ¾"


The Hudson Club, 2009
Mixed media
c. 11" x 7 1/2" x 11"
*see description below

 

More from the man himself, 2007
Ink on paper
20 ¼" x 18 ¾"


Life is But a Dream, 2007
Ink on paper
20 ½ x 18 ½


Double Page Spread of Cityscape, 2007
Ink on paper
18" x 25 ¼"


Epilogue, 2007
Ink on paper
20" x 19 ½"


The Royal Dominion, 2009
Mixed media
c. 15" x 12" x 9"
*see description below

 

PAINTINGS FOR AIMEE MANN'S "LOST IN SPACE"

 

Humpty Dumpty, 2002
Gouache, ink on paper on board
12" x 10 1/8"

 

Lost in Space, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
11 ¾" x 10"

 

This is How it Goes, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12" x 10 ¼"

 

Real Bad News, 2002
Gouache, ink on paper on board
12" x 10 1/8"

 

Pavlov's Bell, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12 ¼" x 10"

 

The Centerspread of "Lost in Space," 2003
Gouache, ink on board
10" x 15"

 

Invisible Ink, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12 ¼" x 10"

 

Today's the Day, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12 ¼" x 9 ¾"

 

The Moth, 2002
Gouache, ink on paper on board
12 ¼" x 10"

It's Not, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12" x 10"

 

Fighting the Stall, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
11 ¾" x 10"

 

Nightmare Girl, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12 ¼" x 10"

Backfire, 2002
Gouache, ink on paper on board
12" x 10"

 

Observatory, 2002
Gouache, ink on board
12 ¼" x 10 ¼"

 

TPRESS: The New York Times Book Review

 

SIX CARDBOARD BUILDINGS FROM THE IMAGINARY CITY OF DOMINION

Bluebird Cafe, Frank Street Location, 2009
Mixed media
c. 8 1/4" x 7" x 8"

........Practically a Dominion City institution. This small franchise began in 1935 with one location on Milverton Street. By 1965 they had 7 identical branches throughout the city. Much beloved by Dominionites (despite the rather run-of-the-mill menu) and a favourite lunch spot of George Sprott. The Frank Street location is just around the corner from George's office in the Elgin Building. George ate there at least 3 times a week for 20 years. His favourite dish--a meatloaf sandwich with a side of sour pickles.

 

St. Henri of the Woods, 2009
Mixed media
c. 12 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 11 1/2"

........One of the founding Churches in Dominion. Erected in 1878, this little Catholic Church was built by French Canadian settlers, and it is quite typical of the Quebec style -- rough-hewn stone and silver metal roofing. Named after the local Saint. Despite the fact that George Sprott was an Anglican, this is the Church in which he and Helen Trupp were married (Helen was the lapsed Catholic). Still an active congregation to this day. On Sunday morning its one great bell can be heard tolling throughout the downtown.

 

The Forest Heights Cemetery Carillon, 2009
Mixed media
c. 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"


........This structure sits dead centre in Dominion's famous cemetery. Each day, for approximately one hour, its chimes peel out with a medley of traditional Canadian melodies -- mostly of maritime and French Canadian origins. In recent years there has been some dispute about whether this monument is worth the public funds for maintenance (its 1920's mechanism breaks down constantly). George is buried within 500 meters of the tower.

 

The J.Morgan Smith Private Landing Library, 2009
Mixed media
c. 11 1/2" x 6" x 9 1/2"


........This modest building was the home of Dominion's founder J. Morgan Smith. A man of considerable wealth and a little education. He opened this private library in 1881 and for a small fee anyone was allowed to borrow books. The books were from Morgan's own private collection. It would be another two decades before the city had a Public Library. The library exists today as more of a landmark than an active institution. The bulk of the collection is from the original stock, however select donations have enlarged it over the last century. Much of George Sprott's personal Artic library has found its way onto these shelves.

 

The Hudson Club, 2009
Mixed media
c. 11" x 7 1/2" x 11"


........One of Dominion's many private clubs. Though the club was originally opened with an eye to a membership of Polar adventurers, it has never really lived up to that ideal. Dominion has long flattered itself as Northern City but truthfully, like most Northern Ontario towns, it is much closer to the South than the North. Its membership is largely drawn from local business men and its functions are not much different than the usual Oddfellows hall. Still, it has a great bar and some terrific murals done in the 1930's. It goes without saying that George was a much admired member there.

 

The Royal Dominion, 2009
Mixed media
c. 15" x 12" x 9"


........A grand vacation lodge about 50 miles north of the city. Built near the the beautiful Chalk Cliffs, it has been a popular summer resort since the turn of the last century. Known for its grand ballroom and its excellent kitchen. Once open to the public, it became more exclusive in the 1940's when it became a private club. Before this era the Lodge was renowned for its hunting and fishing but times change, and in the fifties it was mostly patronized by golfers after the addition of its famous links. George Sprott visited "The Royal" every summer from 1958 to 1973. No Golfer, George spent his time in the bar.

 

Press: DART: Design Arts Daily: Feb. 1, 2010