An Afternoon of Art and Literature with HJ Bott and Steven Long
Galveston Arts Center is pleased to host a book signing event with artist HJ Bott and author Steven Long on Saturday, July 7, from 2 to 4 pm. Bott will be signing copies of the recently released monograph of his career, Rhythm and Rhetoric: 40 Years of the DoV Concepts, in conjunction with the exhibition HJ Bott: A 40 Year Celebration currently on view at the Arts Center. Steven Long will be signing copies of his newest novel Ruby's Passing. This event is free and open to the public.
In the early 1970s, Bott worked as a technical writer and systems analyst by day at UTMB and devoted his evenings and weekends to creating art in his studio located across the Strand from the Galveston Arts Center. During that time, Bott developed a system that has been the center of his artwork for the past four decades, the "Displacement of Volume Concepts" or DoV. This single element/module can be found throughout his drawings, paintings, sculpture, installations and as well as his DoV-Z Robott performances. Rhythm and Rhetoric includes essays by James Edwards, Kelly Klaasmeyer, Casey Stranahan and Catherine D. Anspon. In addition to a comprehensive history of the artist's professional career, the book contains color images of Bott's art, following the concepts that unite his work into one symbol expressing his view of the world from 1972 to the present.
Journalist Steven Long also resided on the Strand during the 1970s while writing for In Between Magazine when he met Bott. His work has been published in the nation's leading newspapers and he has been described as a "legendary journalist" in a review of his new bestseller, Ruby's Passing. This latest thriller is a departure from the stunning true crime tales of his past releases as the veteran Texas author departs describing real events for the world of fiction. "After almost 40 years living under the discipline demanded by quality journalism, the sheer fun of storytelling is liberating," notes Long. "With this book, I have attempted to marry both using the tragic real hometown deaths of friends from my childhood as the foundation for a gripping tale of insanity, possession, and pure adventure."
Copies of both publications will be available for purchase during the event.
Saturday, July 7, 2 to 4 pm
Galveston Arts Center
2501 Market at Rosenberg
Free and open to the public
Galveston Arts Center is temporarily located at 2501 Market Street (the corner of Market and 25th Streets in the former Maceo's location), until the damage to our Strand location is repaired.
We are open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.