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Katie Holten with Daniel Smith: About Trees

Sep 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Katie Holten discusses her new book About Trees with Monkey Mind author Daniel Smith.

About About Trees:

About Trees is an artist book by Katie Holten. It’s a book about trees written in trees. Holten created a Tree Alphabet and made a new typeface called Trees. This timely, poignant and urgent publication considers our relationship with language, landscape, and perception in the Anthropocene. The book includes contributions from Jorge Luis Borges, Andrea Bowers, Inger Christensen, William Corwin, Charles Darwin, Nicole Davi, Tacita Dean, Amy Franceschini, Charles Gaines, James Gleick, Fritz Haeg, Amy Harmon, Natalie Jeremijenko, Eduardo Kohn, Elizabeth Kolbert, Irene Kopelman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ada Lovelace, Robert Macfarlane, E.J. McAdams, Pedro Reyes, Robert Sullivan, Rachel Sussman, Nicola Twilley, Gaia Vince, Aengus Woods, Andrea Zittel and others.

Praise for About Trees:

“It is essentially an edited compilation of texts about, yes, trees, but also about forests, landscapes of the anthropocene, unkempt wildness, altered ecosystems, and, more broadly speaking, the idea of nature itself. It ranges from short texts by Robert Macfarlane … to James Gleick, and from Amy Franceschini to Natalie Jeremijenko. These join a swath of older work by Jorge Luis Borges, with even Radiohead (“Fake Plastic Trees”) thrown in for good measure. It’s an impressively nuanced selection, one that veers between the encyclopedic and the folkloric, and it has been given a great and memorable graphic twist by the fact that Holten generated a new font using nothing less than the silhouettes of trees. Every letter of the alphabet corresponds to a specific species of tree.” —Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG
About Monkey Mind:

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. . . . I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.

Author Bio:
Katie Holten is a visual artist based in New York. She represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and was commissioned by the city of New York to create Tree Museum (2009), a public artwork celebrating the centennial of the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY. She has had solo museum exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, (2010); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2009); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2008) and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2007).

Daniel Smith is the author of Monkey Mind and Muses, Madmen, and Prophets. He holds the Critchlow Chair in English at The College of New Rochelle. His articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, n+1, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications.


Sep 22, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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