Catalog of D.E. May art published
The Ford Family Foundation has supported the publication of numerous catalogs since the inception of the Visual Arts program in 2010. “Most catalogs are produced in association with a specific exhibition,” says Anne Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. “But occasionally there comes a time for a publication on the merits of the body of work and the artist’s lifework.”
Such is the case with Inland Waterways Correspondence, a collection of images by Salem artist D.E. May. The catalog was recently published by Marquand Editions with an essay by Linda Tesner, director of the Ronna & Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College.
May, whose work is collected by museums and individuals, has worked as an artist in the Salem area for 40 years. In recent years, he has been creating artwork out of old stereo-view cards, those stiff cards with a double image on one side and a blank reverse side.
May uses the non-picture sides to create varied forms of a boat-like object. He embellishes the printed side with a handwritten address and old stamps, and then mails them to his gallery, PDX Contemporary Art.
“I suppose I have always been drawn to the non-archival,” he explains in his artist’s statement for PDX Contemporary Art. “The work I do may not be here forever, but it will probably see us out.”
May received a 2013 Hallie Ford Fellowship, an award he credits with changing his artistic mindset. “Before The Ford Family Foundation entered my life, most projects that I contemplated seemed to exist only at the conceptual level,” he explains. “That mindset has utterly changed. Possibility has a new force behind its meaning.
“What once seemed unimaginable has now become conceivable and gloriously within reach.”