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Author Purcell, Rosamond Wolff.

Title Owls Head / Rosamond Purcell.

Published New York : Quantuck Lane Press : Distributed to the trade by W.W. Norton & Co., [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  770.92 PURC    AVAILABLE
Physical description 239 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents 1. Breaking Ground 9 -- 2. Infiltration 23 -- 3. Disintegration 49 -- 4. Digging Deeper 67 -- 5. Transgression 81 -- 6. Underground 89 -- 7. Passing Through 103 -- 8. Still Point 115 -- 9. Foundry 129 -- 10. Rag and Bone Shop 139 -- 11. In the Trenches 151 -- 12. A Wonderful Life 157 -- 13. Transcription 165 -- 14. Barn 175.
Summary On the way to Owls Head Lighthouse, you couldn't help but drive by William Buckminster's property, eleven acres packed with...well...stuff -- a vast array of scrap metal and windows, possibly the largest collection of wooden lobster buoys in the world -- all of it in states of disintegration. Once an antiques shop and a scrapyard, this jumbled collection had become something of a tourist attraction in itself. Rosamond Purcell, the Boston-based artist and photographer whom Ricky Jay calls the "doyenne of decay," discovered Buckminister's place more than twenty years ago and was immediately and permanently awestruck. Best known for her work in the back rooms of natural history museums, Purcell plunged into Buckminster's vast realm with the compulsive curiosity of a true collector -- but her ideas of value don't always coincide with traditional antiques shoppers. A pile of broken clocks, busted birdhouses, mountains of chandeliers -- Buckminster wonders what Purcell will do with the things she buys. "This is the kind of thing I'd take to the dump." he tells her. But Purcell will bestow on her finds classifications based on "what else they are." In her eyes, fragmented comic strips and television schedules stuck to cement slabs become Rosetta stone-like artifacts, a strangely shaped tree root is transformed into a gigantic snail, and moldy books assume their own geography.
Owls Head details the twenty-year friendship that grows between Purcell and Buckminster as she excavates and catalogs the detritus that threatens to overwhelm him. Along the way, Purcell gathers prized scraps of information about Buckminster himself. From the origins of the sprawl, to his much-vaunted skills in the pool hall, to his dreams for his most precious possession, Owls Head brings Buckminster to life with a photographer's eye for detail. Part archaeology, part taxonomy, part New England yarn, and always a labor of love, Owls Head is a polished meditation on the beauty of decay, the comfort of objects, and the human quest for meaning.
Subject Purcell, Rosamond Wolff -- Friends and associates.
Buckminster, William, 1922- -- Anecdotes.
Antique dealers -- Maine -- Owls Head -- Anecdotes.
Women photographers -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Photographers -- United States -- Anecdotes.
ISBN 0971454868