Audio recorded by Alec Jordan
As a part of The Mercurial Gallery’s ‘Strange Little Books’ exhibition, on display through August 16, the gallery held an artist talk with featured artist Jamison Odone, a children’s book author and illustrator, on August 1. For ‘Strange Little Books,’ Odone conceived and created a whimsical installation displaying the original watercolor and ink paintings from his most recent book, Mole Had Everything, across the three gallery walls in seven yarn-and-nail, two-dimensional circles. Hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room is a slowly turning mobile constructed with Odone’s original “Dante trading cards”––small drawings accompanied by quotes from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno.
Listen to the hour-long talk below––or download the podcast on iTunes––and hear about Odone’s drawing habit beginning in childhood with Bob Ross’ TV show The Joy of Painting and growing steadily into a full-blown compulsion by adulthood. Be sure to check out ‘Strange Little Books’ before it closes on August 16 at The Mercurial, 11 Library Place in downtown Danbury, Connecticut.
For more information on the show, visit themercurial.com/solo-exhibition-jamison-odone.