Walking up and down in Asia Sixty woodcut prints by Art Hazelwood
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Kong, China, Tibet, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan
Walking up and down in Asia
From 1986 to 1993 I traveled around the world, living in Europe and Asia
and in various parts of the States. My primary interest however was traveling
in Asia. The intensity of travel lured me on to see more and more. Experiences
of people and places left there mark and I have tried to give back some
of that feeling. The Tibetan nomads, Vietnamese "cyclo" drivers, Japanese "salary man," Sikhs,
Thais, and Uygurs that make up this series are the actors on an impossibly
crowded world stage. It is this sometimes overwhelming encounter with
the world that these prints seek to express.
Prints in this series include images of the following countries China, Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Pakistan. The production of this entire series makes up a period of 14 years from first trip to bound book, although the body of the prints were cut in the mid to late 90's.
Sixty woodcuts were printed by the artist on masa paper in editions varying
in size from 25 to 50 of which numbers 11 - 20 were bound by the artist
in a hand sewn hard cover book format. The prints were tipped in onto Arches
text paper. The book measures 16" x 18" and is 72 pages altogether.
This hardcover book is $1,800. Individual prints $50 - $100
Review of Walking Up and Down in Asia
"When people embark on their travels, they often record their adventures
in snapshots or in travel journals. Art Hazelwood has taken a more time-honored
approach to recording the memories of his travels throughout Asia. After
sketching his observations on drawing pads, Hazelwood creates woodcuts of
his impressions in a graphic folk style. Flattened perspectives give added
emphasis to an all over patterning, with crowded compositions that fill every
square inch of the picture frame. Hazelwood's dynamic genre scenes and landscapes
at once emphasize the frenetic activity of a dense urban metropolis such
as Tokyo or Hong Kong, while at the same time, capturing the more leisurely
way of life led by the region's rural inhabitants.
The artist first traveled to China in 1986, and has since developed
somewhat of a love affair with Asia, having revisited the continent extensively
over the past fourteen years. More than sixty woodcuts comprise Hazelwood's
Asia series, on view at the Fetterly Gallery in Vallejo. The artist's enchantment
with this region of the world and its people comes through in his images,
which record travels in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam,
Thailand, India and Pakistan. Such sentiments prove to be infectious, for
in looking at Hazelwood's woodcuts, we cannot help but be tempted to partake
in a similar journey by following the artist's travel routes."
Berin Golonu, Artweek July/August Edition 2000