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Film stars as sad butterflies or reclusive bats; women as fighter bombers; inoffensive husbands as raging lions – these are a few of the visual metaphors that feature in Roger Hudson’s colourful and complex photomontages. Created over several decades, these art works have only now been compiled in his newest book entitled “Taking the Scissors to Society, The Photomontages of Roger Hudson,” with a fascinating autobiographical text recalling how they were created. The beautiful and comprehensive collection comments on the foibles and nightmares of humanity. The book will be officially launched at the Highlanes Gallery on Laurence Street on Tuesday, 7 February from 6:30-8:00. This publication coincides with Hudson’s reaching the milestone of 80 years last September; the launch will be an opportunity to mark both of these occasions.

David Newton, who will be the guest speaker and master of ceremonies for the launch, is a well-known American artist now living nearby in Meath. ‘An intriguing read, as well as images demanding to be flicked through and contemplated over and over again,’ says Newton of “Taking the Scissors to Society.” He will give an illustrated talk exploring how these works relate to the history of photomontage as an art form.

Councillor Paul Bell, Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, will preside. With assistance from Create Louth. All welcome.

Roger Hudson has lived in Drogheda for over 13 years and played an active role in its artistic life. He previously lived in London and Dublin, where he has exhibited in solo and group shows. His other literary accomplishments include three collections of poetry and an historical crime novel.

Signed and numbered limited edition copies of “Taking the Scissors to Society” will be available for purchase at €25 on the night. Also available online at http://takingthescissors.com or in Drogheda at Books Direct, West Street Newsagents and Stockwell Café. In Dublin the book can be purchased at the ‘Winding stair ‘ and ‘The Library Project,

http://takingthescissors.com/