Reasons to go to… New York

September 26, 2019

Really, who needs a reason? But if you should find that your travel plans include New York this autumn, be sure to visit The Center for Book Arts, which is presenting three new exhibitions that showcase the book as a medium that translates across time and space: Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today curated by Deirdre Lawrence, The Traveling Artist: Journals by Lydia Rubio, and Witnessing Through Artist’s Books: Clarissa Sligh. These exhibits will be open to the public October 4 through December 14, 2019. (Note: The Center for Book Arts website is under construction, so here is a detailed description on Eventbrite, and here is a Facebook link.)

Walt Whitman’s Words includes work by the remarkable artist Meg Hitchcock. If you do go to New York, you can also see Hitchcock’s visual poetics at C24 Gallery (September 26 – November 29), Doug Adams Gallery at Graduate Theological Union (September 5 – December 13), and Green Door Gallery in Brooklyn (October 11 – November 10, 2019).

Reasons to go to…New York

October 29, 2015

Meg Hitchcock - Self-portrait

It has been a while since we mentioned Meg Hitchcock, and this seems an auspicious moment to renew that acquaintance. Of her work, which she calls “text drawings,” Hitchcock says, “I deconstruct a sacred text by cutting its individual letters, and reassemble them to form a passage from another holy book.”

These remarkable works are currently on exhibit in New York:
Verbatim, a solo show at Studio10
October 30 – December 20, 2015
Opening: Friday, October 30; 7-9 p.m.
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Text Me, a group show at Hazan Projects
October 29 – December 12, 2015
Opening: Thursday, October 29; 6-8 p.m.
35 N. Moore Street, Tribeca, NY, NY 10013

Ten Years of Artists Books, curated by Donna Seager
at the Brooklyn Public Library
October 1 – January 24, 2016
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

and in Massachusetts:
Bibliothecaphilia, a group show at MASS MoCA
on view through March 2016
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

More Meg Hitchock on her artist’s website.

On a geographically related note…if you’re headed to the East Coast, you might also consider attending the 42nd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.
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image (via email): Meg Hitchcock, Self Portrait: The Lord’s Prayer, Letters cut from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, 23 x 18 in. (detail), 2015

visual poetry…

September 17, 2012

Meg Hitchcock - Psalm 54We’ve written before about visual poetry and we’ve previously mentioned the Austrian artist and visual poet, Anatol Knotek. Now you can enjoy the best of both. Knotek’s visual poetry tumblr is a collection of carefully curated images by artists from around the world. The site is updated daily and each of the (to date) 126 pages offers a dozen or more thought-provoking examples of “visual & concrete poetry, experimental typography, installation & conceptual art.”
image: Meg Hitchcock, Psalm 54

Meg Hitchcock ~ Gayatri Mantra (detail)At first, the images look like squiggles, line drawings, mandalas. But look closer and you see that the lines are created with words, and the words, in turn, assembled letter by letter, obsessively, from somewhere else. This is the work of Meg Hitchcock, who deconstructs a variety of sacred texts and reassembles the letters into other sacred text, melding content and context, form and meaning. See samples of her work on her website and learn more about Meg Hitchcock’s astonishing visual poetry on her blog.
image: detail from Gayatri Mantra

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