Postcards From Asia
[San Francisco : the artist, circa 2000]. Quarto, concertina style bound artist’s book, papered boards, containing 14 original woodcuts, each signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 25. Created in a small edition with prints made for Hazelwood’s Walking up and down in Asia series (2000), with different prints included in each copy.
In this copy, the prints are :
- Tug boat, Hong Kong
- Gardens, Macao
- Temple of Heaven (Beijing)
- Xiniang tourist show
- Tibetan Monk
- Old Pakistani
- Mosque, SIngapore
- Back-packer Thailand
- Tuk tuk, Bangkok
- Hello pineapple beach vendor, Thailand
- Tanuki Shrine
- Salary Man (Tokyo)
The artist writes : “From 1986 to 1993 I traveled around the world, living in Europe and Asia and in various parts of the States. My primary interest however was traveling in Asia. The intensity of travel lured me on to see more and more. Experiences of people and places left there mark and I have tried to give back some of that feeling. The Tibetan nomads, Vietnamese “cyclo” drivers, Japanese “salary man,” Sikhs, Thais, and Uygurs that make up this series are the actors on an impossibly crowded world stage. It is this sometimes overwhelming encounter with the world that these prints seek to express.”
Prints in this series include images of the following countries China, Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Pakistan. The production of this entire series makes up a period of 14 years from first trip to bound book, although the body of the prints were cut in the mid to late 90’s.
Review of the series : “When people embark on their travels, they often record their adventures in snapshots or in travel journals. Art Hazelwood has taken a more time-honored approach to recording the memories of his travels throughout Asia. After sketching his observations on drawing pads, Hazelwood creates woodcuts of his impressions in a graphic folk style. Flattened perspectives give added emphasis to an all over patterning, with crowded compositions that fill every square inch of the picture frame. Hazelwood’s dynamic genre scenes and landscapes at once emphasize the frenetic activity of a dense urban metropolis such as Tokyo or Hong Kong, while at the same time, capturing the more leisurely way of life led by the region’s rural inhabitants.
The artist first traveled to China in 1986, and has since developed somewhat of a love affair with Asia, having revisited the continent extensively over the past fourteen years. More than sixty woodcuts comprise Hazelwood’s Asia series, on view at the Fetterly Gallery in Vallejo. The artist’s enchantment with this region of the world and its people comes through in his images, which record travels in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Pakistan. Such sentiments prove to be infectious, for in looking at Hazelwood’s woodcuts, we cannot help but be tempted to partake in a similar journey by following the artist’s travel routes.”
Berin Golonu, Artweek July/August Edition 2000