Raymond Meeks – Ciprian Honey Cathedral CE
Raymond Meeks is renowned for his handmade unique editions and in that vein has collaborated with MACK to produce an exquisite accompaniment to his new book ciprian honey cathedral. Alongside a signed and numbered first edition of the book will be a second book of pictures of his partner in the formidable process of clearing briar and entangled vines from her yard and garden, all made on Mothers’ Day, 2020. Titled errata and bound in linen, the 40 page book includes one of Meeks' signature transparency prints on acetate. Also included is a signed and numbered 10x8” silver gelatin contact print, a self portrait by Meeks’ partner Adrianna Ault, hand printed by the couple. All of these elements will be housed in a wooden frame box produced by Meeks, with assistance from Adrianna and her two daughters.
The Limited Edition of 150 copies comprises:
- signed and numbered first edition of ciprian honey cathedral
- linen softcover [30 x 24cm] limited edition book errata, including a transparency print by Meeks, hand applied into the booklet sequence.
- 10x8" self portrait of Adrianna Ault, numbered and signed by Ault & Meeks
- numbered wooden frame housing [34 x 28 x 12 cm]
- wrapped in glassine
ABOUT THE BOOK:
What is there between the branch and apple when it falls?
We have seen it—we would recognize it anywhere. Yet of an evening we are told nothing is there. Wright Morris
Raymond Meeks is renowned for his use of photography and the book form to poetically distill the liminal junctures of vision, consciousness and comprehension. In ciprian honey cathedral, he brings this scrutiny close to home, delicately probing at the legibility of our material surroundings and the people closest to us.
Meeks has long been fascinated by the way we construct the world around us; how we carry our possessions, these accumulated comforts, inheritances, markers of material success; how we adorn homes with trees and shrubs, a mantle clock to count the hours. Stumbling across an abandoned house or unkempt lawn becomes a search for common clues to tiny hidden transgressions.
This question of knowledge and understanding is perhaps most drastic in our solipsistic reality. Meeks also photographed his partner, Adrianna Ault, in the early mornings before she awoke, on the threshold at which daily domestic life converges with the deepest state of sleep. This plight of supine trance is a place of reprieve beneath the surface of consciousness, free from the chaos and uncertainty of the sentient world above, and alludes to the veiled threat that, ultimately, we are utterly unknowable to one another.