Summerhall, Edinburgh 7 Dec – 24 Jan (Public preview 7pm, 6 Dec)
World-leading text artists and poets have contributed work about living and dying for The Dark Would exhibition, which includes pieces by Susan Hiller, Richard Long, Tom Phillips, Simon Patterson, Richard Wentworth, Tony Lopez, Caroline Bergvall, Steve Giasson, Erica Baum, Ron Silliman and many others, including ‘outsider’ artists.
Whether homeless people or outsider artists or art stars – we all have to find our way through the dark. Challenging and uplifting, The Dark Would reads the human traces that we leave in the world. This exhibition asks what it is to have a body and to lose it. As well as including work from the living, there will also be ‘answering’ works by dead artists and poets including Stephane Mallarme, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Joseph Beuys.
Summerhall hosts the world premiere of this ground-breaking show curated by poet Philip Davenport. The Dark Would exhibition is an ‘out-growth’ of the large anthology of text art and poetry edited by Davenport and published by Apple Pie Editions 2013.
There will be a series of artist’s talks paralleling the exhibition.
Two upcoming poetry readings.
On Thursday 14th November I’ll be reading at Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon for the BlueGate poets alongside Bethany Pope.
And on 22nd November I’ll be reading at the Frog and Fiddle in Cheltenham as part of ‘A Night of Poetic Talent Bonded by the Theme of Medicine’ organised by Sarah L. Dixon, alongside Dominic Berry, Angela France, Bob Harding-Jones, Brenda Reed-Brown, Anna Saunders, Daniel Sluman and Emily Wills.
Excellent Well Versed spoken word event in the Muffin Man the other night. Thanks to Anna Saunders. Looking forward to the next one, with Daniel Sluman and Michael Scott headlining.
Nice review of Bike, Rain in Sabotage. Thanks to Fiona Moore:
“… the effect of reading these poems repeatedly is restful – like being with a companion who is friendly, humorous, questioning, existentially anxious in a daily sort of way.”