Painter Brian Longe returned after a twenty-year hiatus from exhibiting, during which time he lived in the Sierras, intensely studying the mountain topography and raising a family. “The Source” a solo exhibition at The Luggage Store in San Francisco, marked the culmination of his research in the form of mural-size geographic abstractions.
Landscape worked with Brian to produce photography, video, and show collateral, as well as an editioned, 84-page catalog.
The design of the catalog is structured into two distinct sections, denoted by a shift in both material and layout. The initial section places Brian’s work within the context of his peers and art history, including work by Picasso, Joan Miro, Ana Mendieta, and Jackson Pollock. The layout, bespoke on a page-by-page basis, embraces the fluidity and spontaneity of Brian’s own work. The latter section of the book presents Brian’s work to the viewer at a scale that embraces the boundaries of the printed piece and acknowledges the massive scale of the work. A gallery-like layout and a gesture that invites the reader to view the work as large as possible, though still a fraction of actual size.