About the sketchbooks, from Richard Kamler:
In 1965 I bought a sketchbook, 14” x 11”. It had a black fabric cover. It had 200 pages. Both sides were available.
I liked its heft.
As time passed, I bought another one and then another and then another one…
I’m now into my 18th book. Some a year in the making. Others 4-5 years.
They reflect, among many responses, my engagement with issues that resonate with me, personal reflections and the question that is central to the work…”what does IT look like?”
The only order to the sketchbooks is that of time passing and my engagements and my continual darting about.
The sketchbooks are my practice. A way of being in the world.
Or “…to leave a stain upon the silence..” Samuel Beckett.
The early books look at visionary architecture. How we might organize ourselves into more sustainable communities.
What did it look like? I looked at the work of Paolo Soleri, Buckminister Fuller, Frederick Kiesler.
Thoughts about an installation on the Holocaust and a letter to my father four and a half years after his death.
I go to the desert.
I go to Alaska.
I become an artist-in-residence in prisons and jails and I spend years doing a range of work on this.
I believe that the artist should “be at the table” and I do Seeing Peace and Seeing Peace/the Billboard.
The books are about making a mark!