The Tear-Imbued Handkerchief of Vic Champignole | April 24, 2010

The Tear-Imbued Handkerchief of Vic Champignole is a collaborative effort between visual artist Bob Butler and author Kris Allison. The short story follows a narrator’s relationship with Vic Champignole's fall from fame, a renowned landscape designer careening into madness. The narrator witnesses his own father, an inventor, struggling to cope with what life has dealt him and what his personal ambitions have been. In many ways, his father and Vic share this common conflict while they investigate it in contrasting ways. We see Vic delve into the chaos that nature seems to possess while the narrator and you, the reader, look in- much like a Greek chorus in ancient tragedies. Nine photographs depict imagined moments corresponding to the short story and serve to further flesh out the narrative, rather than disclose the stories deeper ideas or simply illustrate key moments.

The Tear-Imbued Handkerchief of Vic Champignole is on display at TWIN KITTENS (upstairs from the main TK gallery room) during the months of ACP (Atlanta Celebrates Photography) Sep 18 - Nov 13. The large framed photographs present Vic Champignole’s strange obsession and study with chaos, foliage, dirt and vegetation. Among the nine images are stations for reading and following along in the text to see how the two correlate.

Click here to learn more about the fine art books published in conjunction with this exhibit.

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Image Titles: 

THE TEAR-IMBUED HANDKERCHIEF OF VIC CHAMPIGNOLE - Cover Image
THE WINNING IDEA
A MIRTH-SUCKING CHORE
THE HEIGHT OF RENOWN
CONFRONTATION
BOX HILL
LANDSCAPE REVISIONISM
WERRIMORE ESTATE
SIFTING RAKES

© All content copyright Bob Butler, 2010.