Nelson Ball & Barbara Caruso / Home Project / A Photo Documentary

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Left: a portrait of Nelson Ball by Barbara Caruso, distributed with Ball’s “Force Movements” (Ganglia, 1969). We used this portrait for the cover of Nelson’s Minutiae (Apt. 9 Press, 2014). Right: Caruso’s artist’s proof for the cover of Ball’s The Pre-Linguistic Heights (Coach House, 1970).

Catherine Stevenson recently completed a 14-month project with Nelson Ball to photograph and document Nelson’s home, the one he shared with his wife, artist Barbara Caruso, from 1985-2009. Nelson Ball still lives in the building, a four-story office building in Paris, Ontario that the two converted into a living space, bookstore, and art studio.

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Barbara Caruso’s journals, published in two volumes by Mercury Press (“A Painter’s Journey”), a book of her essays (“Wording the Silent Art”) also published by Mercury, and an issue of Open Letter dedicated to her work (edited by bpNichol).

Titled “Nelson Ball & Barbara Caruso / Home Project / A Photo Documentary,” the film is beautifully paced, with Nelson’s text (including some poems) interspersed between Catherine’s photographs of each part of the building.

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Nelson Ball books on my shelves.

It is an amazing record of a space shared by two wonderful artists, writers, booksellers, and partners. It is well worth your time. Please watch it:

Nelson also recently published an excellent new trade collection, Some Mornings, through Mansfield Press. Go buy it!

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