Author Event: Brett Ingram - Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler

The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler is filled with more than 400 illustrations in pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, gouache, watercolor, colored pencils, and markers, demonstrating Kuhler’s phenomenal draftsmanship and wide range of style―from delicately shaded graphite works to comic-book ink drawings. Complementing Kuhler’s impressive artistry is his gift for analogical thinking, which flowered in his appropriation and reimagining of personalities, places, and events from world history to form a cohesive and fully imagined world. After decades of secrecy, Kuhler eventually first shared his work and the story of his imaginary country with filmmaker Brett Ingram, whom he met by chance in the mid-1990s. In 2009 Ingram released Rocaterrania, a feature-length documentary with prized footage of Kuhler at home and at work, and talking about his creation. With The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler Ingram has written the complete story of Rocaterrania as relayed to him over time by Kuhler, resulting in a fascinating, highly entertaining first and major book about this rare, newly discovered, full-blown visionary outsider artist.

Author Bio:

Brett Ingram is the director of two critically acclaimed documentary feature films, Monster Road and Rocaterrania, and twenty award-winning documentary and animated shorts. His work as a writer and director has screened on Sundance Channel, PBS, National Geographic, Animal Planet, and at hundreds of film festivals, museums, and cinemas around the world.

Ingram's first book, The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, was released in October 2017 by Blast Books, New York. His articles on animation, visual art, and media education have appeared in international journals, his photography in The New York TimesVancouver Observer, North Carolina Naturalist, and other publications.

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007) and North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships in Visual Art (1995) and Film (2002), Ingram has taught filmmaking and cinema studies at Wake Forest University, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Formerly an electrical engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine Program, Ingram is the founder of Bright Eye Pictures film distribution, director of the Renaldo Kuhler Archive, and head of Springwood Laboratories, a multidisciplinary creative enterprise.



Event date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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