Following performances and exhibitions in France, Germany and New York, Livingston native Bill Hayward returns home for a discussion and slide show from his new photographic memoir, Chasing Dragons, at Elk River Books on Tuesday, August 9, at 7 p.m.
Hayward works in photography, film, painting, poetry, dance and other art forms to explore the human form and condition. He has been recently featured at Gallery Castello 780 in Venice, Italy, the Martin Art Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn and the Tribeca Grand in Manhattan. His work has been collected in several books and featured in numerous national and international publications such as Interview, Vanity Fair, GQ, BOMB, Numéro Cinq, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, Soho Style and VERSO. Subjects for Hayward’s portrait photography have included Bob Dylan and Willem Dafoe.
Chasing Dragons: An Uncommon Memoir in Photographs documents Hayward’s five-decade exploration of his art through photographs, paintings, film stills and poetry. In five acts and 346 images, the book reveals Hayward’s evolution from portrait photographer to abstract painter, filmmaker and multimedia artist.
“Over the years, Hayward has turned away from objective photographic representations, choosing instead to mine the depths of the human psyche, conveying something elemental, even primordial” writes Sam Barzilay, creative director of United Photo Industries. “Chasing Dragons tells the story of one artist’s quest for self-discovery and new modes of expression – inspiring the same spirit in his subjects and all those who encounter his work.”
The free event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. and will be followed by a book signing and reception. Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.