Latitude Artist Community
The Artists of Latitude
by Bruce Burris, Crystal Bader and Phillip March Jones.
This book documents the work of the Latitude Artist Community in its hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. It is being released in conjunction with the exhibit, Lexington Meet Latitude, opening at the Ann Tower Gallery in September 09. Click on the book cover for a preview of the first 15 pages.
BLACKTHUMB was originally founded by Phillip Jones and Joshua Boldt as a renegade landscaping company in the environs of Lexington, Kentucky. Using mostly illegal French labor, they created gardens and water features for some of the city's wealthiest and most corrupt citizens. Their most successful installation was a swimming pool/fish pond built for a wealthy Lebanese undercover agent. Unfortunately, he poured 6 gallons of neon blue toilet bowl cleaner into it, thereby killing all plant and animal life in the entire neighborhood. In fact, every garden installation and water feature was eventually destroyed by Blackthumb's clients. But they always came back and we would build and re-build the same gardens year after year. I suppose that ... once you go black ... And now we make t-shirts? Right.... MANIFESTE DU POUCE NOIR : blackthumb is nothing but a front. a name to disguise not so secret ambitions of world domination and the timely creation of beauty.
31 BRAINS FOR 31 DAYS Published November 07, 2009