Do allow me to say: thank you. Thank you for your overwhelmingly, wildly positive response to the release of Au Courant Vol. 02, which was a great departure from the feel and focus of Vol. 01.
With the second volume, Au Courant clearly became a book - and an artist's book or journal, at that - whereas the first release was more of a standard, independent-magazine type publication. In and of itself, this is not a bad thing. Like most of us who take to print production, I love magazines and what they represent by way of appealing to a community.
Au Courant Vol. 02, however, symbolizes a move beyond that serialized, thematic magazine format to one that is decidedly, happily, more personal.
As its main instigator and its sole creator, I've always shied away from placing my name all over the publication and yet, Au Courant Vol. 2 does indeed represent my work across photography, objects, writing and such, in a more direct and harmonizing way than I ever could envision. Which is why it took two years to complete; I wanted to make sure I was engaging with the process in the right way.
Thus, there is nothing on the pages that I felt obligated to include, nothing that felt gratuitous.
The conversations I shared were just that, conversations with other creatives whose work or process I admired deeply. For instance, Los Angeles sculptor Peter Alexander's words on moving through the varying phases of one's artistic career was as timely a message as ever to receive. Similarly, it was inspiring to observe how Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon of Studio WM work in tandem from their Rotterdam design studio, as it was gratifying to chat with another Caribbean creative, Nadia Huggins, on her own coming-of-age and realization that her photographic interests lay more in the field of fine art than in the hurried world of advertising.
All the imagery, places, and concepts discussed for Au Courant Vol. 02 followed the same path - they were all things of great interest that I thought would appeal to you and to other, like-minded folk.
I wasn't sure you would appreciate this turn in direction. But I made the turn anyway, and you came along with arms wide open, and with great appreciation, questions, ideas, suggestions, and requests for Vol. 03., which is already under way, and will be published mid-2017.
As it stands, there are only 18 remaining copies of Au Courant Vol. 02 via www.AuCourantVol.com, ready to be sent to any city - with complimentary global shipping, I might add.
With each copy sold, I become even more grateful for your company and patronage on this journey.
Again, thank you!
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