Walter Hamady

September 7 - October 20, 2012

West Wing

Walter Hamady

“the problem transcends the differences...”


Two disparate cigar boxes (Willem II optimum tubed cigars, and Exodus 1959), verso of cutting die of Walter’s profile in circle - from Gabberjabb Number Six, lens board from old wooden camera with cracks, printer’s reglet, walnut strip wedge, wooden tube for pencil lead from Robert Runser 1914 - 2003, key post from Eric Rude’s clarinet, birch bark from Dona Look, British militaria pin “Egypt” from Alastair Johnston, ticket, British railroad identity tag, bifocal lens (artist’s), collage face of woman from cigar labels, black hinge from speed graphic camera, Plexiglas, small screws

8 x 14 x 2 inches

Press Release

In the West Wing, Corbett vs. Dempsey presents a small selection of new assemblages by Walter Hamady. A legendary book designer and publisher, Hamady has run his own Perishable Press since 1964.  As a collage and assemblage artist, he’s been showing since even earlier, and his new box-works extend the mode he’s been exploring for the last 25 years, utilizing wooden containers retrofitted with impeccable ephemera into uncanny, surrealist-informed confabulations.