Paintings and Fables:
Artist’s Book Signing and Reading

Friday, October 6th,6-9pm

Paintings by Eric Hibit
Fables by Wayne Koestenbaum

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to announce Eric Hibit and Wayne Koestenbaum: Paintings and Fables Artist’s Book Signing, Reading and Pop-Up on Friday, October 6th, 6-9pm. Books will be available for purchase and Wayne Koestenbaum will give a reading at 7:30pm. The pop-up show of paintings by Eric Hibit will remain up throughout the weekend during special gallery hours of 3-6pm, Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. Ortega y Gasset Projects is located at 363 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Paintings and Fables is a 42-page, limited edition, 8½  x 10¼,” full-color, hardcover artist’s book by Ortega y Gasset Projects Co-Director Eric Hibit. The book includes 19 of Hibit’s meticulous acrylic paintings, with fables written by Wayne Koestenbaum in response to selected works. Paintings and Fables is printed in a limited edition of 110 with each book containing hand-painted front and back endpapers by Hibit. The book is designed by Evan Gaffney.

Inspired by a vintage book of Japanese paintings, children’s books, and fairy tales, Paintings and Fables presents the reader with a non-linear narrative of words and images. With the impossible precision of a dream, Koestenbaum’s fables meander through scenarios inspired by Hibit’s paintings:

Eric Hibit, Buddha Hand with Flower, 2015, acrylic on paper, 17 x 14”

Eric Hibit, Buddha Hand with Flower, 2015, acrylic on paper, 17 x 14”

Does a greenhouse understand the flowers it lodges?  If a greenhouse is indifferent to its flowers, could I set up an Empathy School, and teach the greenhouse to feel sorrow?  Could the pink flower enroll in my Empathy School?

Eric Hibit is a visual artist based in New York. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, TSA Gallery, and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has exhibited nationally at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, and internationally in Giverny, France and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in The Village Voice and his work has been featured in the New York Times and New York Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.

Wayne Koestenbaum has published eighteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Notes on Glaze, The Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other Essays, Hotel Theory, Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Andy Warhol, Humiliation, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist).  He has had solo exhibitions of his paintings at White Columns (New York), 356 Mission (L.A.), and the University of Kentucky Art Museum.  His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, was issued by Ugly Duckling Presse Records this year.  He is a Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and French
at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Books are $60 (includes tax, + $15 shipping in the US):