Exhibition — The Brother In Elysium: Artwork And Publications by Jon Beacham


From April 12th to 26th, 2013 Boo-Hoo­ray presents the first com­pre­hens­ive over­view of the art­work and pub­lic­a­tions of Jon Beacham and his pub­lish­ing imprint The Broth­er In Elysi­um. The work in this exhib­i­tion brings togeth­er his col­lages, his seri­al artist pub­lic­a­tions, film, pho­to­graphy and hand made books. The exhib­i­tion will be on view at Boo-Hoo­ray in New York…

Beacham is one of the hardy few that are rein­vig­or­at­ing fine print­ing in 21st cen­tury Amer­ica. The Broth­er in Elysi­um reg­u­larly pub­lishes metic­u­lous and beau­ti­ful pub­lic­a­tions that seam­lessly join poet­ics with the aes­thet­ic of early Amer­ic­an archi­tec­ture and land­scape, and thought­fully chosen mater­i­als. The pub­lic­a­tions have a bal­anced and clear under­stand­ing of form, focus­ing on space, typo­graph­ic­al choices and the place­ment of type on the page.

Beacham acquired a print­ing press in Janu­ary of 2008 while oper­at­ing Her­mit­age, his book­store and gal­lery in Beacon NY. As he intro­duced let­ter­press print­ing to his meth­od­o­logy, his pre­cise and mel­an­choly col­lage work opened up into the ongo­ing cre­ation of books, mul­tiples and eph­em­era as com­pon­ents of a grand unfold­ing Amer­ic­an nar­rat­ive.

The Amer­ic­an land­scape is at the core of Beacham’s work along­side the doc­u­ment­a­tion of place and exper­i­ence through the use of film. Found and selec­ted mater­i­als are also integ­ral to Beacham’s pro­cess of col­lage. His meth­ods of mak­ing books through hand set type and hand book­bind­ing in this con­tem­por­ary era of book pro­duc­tion and pub­lish­ing, is viewed by him as an artist prac­tice.

The Broth­er In Elysium’s trade edi­tions of books are on dis­play here along­side ori­gin­al art­works and artist edi­tions. The focus of this show span­ning the years 2008 – 2013 explore ideas of the artist / print­er / pub­lish­er as an inher­ent lin­eage in post WWII Amer­ic­an art and lit­er­at­ure.”


265 Canal St, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

April 12th to 26th, 2013