MOCA GA to Showcase Ruth Laxson Hip Young Owl, opening on Saturday, January 26, 2013

MOCA GA to present Ruth Laxson Hip Young Owl featuring more than 125 works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, original artist books, mail art and more. January 26 – March 30, 2013. Co-curators: Jo Anne Paschall and Marcia Wood

Online PR News – 08-January-2013 – Atlanta/GA – The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) announces the opening of Ruth Laxson Hip Young Owl. This retrospective exhibition will present nearly all of Laxson’s hand-made artist books, as well as a large number of her prints, drawings, paintings, letter art, and sculpture. Exhibition dates are January 26 – March 30, 2013. Co-curators for this exhibition are Jo Anne Paschall (a former Director of Nexus Press) and Marcia Wood (owner of Marcia Wood Gallery). The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Friday, January 25, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There will be a Conversation with the Artist and MOCA GA’s Director, Annette Cone-Skelton on Wednesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. with a reception beforehand beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Conversation with the Artist is free to the public. In addition, Michael Goodman, Founder and Director of Nexus Press (Atlanta, GA), will lead a Bookmaking Demonstration and Lecture at MOCA GA on Saturday, March 9, at 2pm. Funding for this exhibition and the catalogue were raised in large part by a grant from The Judith Alexander Foundation and by friends and supporters through with matching funds from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

About the “RUTH LAXSON: Hip Young Owl” Exhibition
Hip Young Owl, the very first museum retrospective for Atlanta’s beloved Ruth Laxson, will feature more than 125 works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and original artist books, mail art and more. Included in the exhibition are works from several public and private collections and early works that have never before been shown. Curated by Marcia Wood, a prominent Atlanta gallery owner, and Jo Anne Paschall, a Director of Nexus Press, this exhibition will survey the breadth and depth of this 88 year old artist’s work and celebrate the legacy of a true master throughout a long career. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will include essays by Laurie Whitehall Chong, Special Collections Librarian and Curator of Artists' Books at the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, and Margaret Shufeldt, retired Curator of Works on Paper at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.

“Ruth Laxson was born in 1924 in Roanoke, Alabama, and is one of Atlanta's most beloved artists and is recognized as one of the nation's preeminent artists’ bookmakers.

Laxson's work is in the collections of major museums and artists’ book collections in the U.S. and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Museum (London), Yale University Fine Art & Architecture Library (New Haven, CT), Getty Center Museum (California), Sackner Collection (Miami, FL), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Illionois), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), the High Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta), among many others.

As communication is a major theme of Laxson’s work she uses language as a working material. Automatic writing and pattern poetry are the hallmarks of Laxson’s artistic style as she merges text and image into text as image. The artist states “I hope to test the language for meaning and merge text and image in the spirit as the surrealists. But I want to take it a step farther to text as image.” Exquisite, meticulous craftsmanship and playful yet thorough exploration are the hallmarks of Laxson’s work. In her artists’ books she combines handset type with handwritten text, drawing, etching, stitching, layering, chine colle, ink, watercolor and more in perfectly hand bound small editions.

Her current drawing series, God Dolls, is a continuation of Laxson’s honest, wise and witty commentary on the contemporary human experience. Each work is treated much as a page in one of her books in a larger scale, incorporating predominantly hand drawn imagery and text in ink and gouache, with occasional additions or manipulations of the paper through cutting, pasting, folding and stitching.”
- Marcia Wood Gallery, 2008

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant contemporary works by artists in the state of Georgia. To place its artists in a broader context, MOCA GA's exhibitions also include artists from around the world. MOCA GA's programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. MOCA GA is located at 75 Bennett Street in the TULA Art Center. Admission is free to members, $5 for non-members and $1 for students and U.S. military with ID. For more information, please call 404-367-8700, visit or email Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.