Mar 19th 2014

Please join us for an afternoon poetry and improvised music performance with Sandra Binion, one of the artists in our current exhibition, The Art of Description. Her bilingual poem, Random Lines in Tereglio, will be read in English and Italian by the artist and Andrea Raos; they will be accompanied by sound artists Lou Mallozzi and Hal Rammel.

The poem Random Lines in Tereglio appears as wall text in Sandra Binion’s installation. “I like the idea of the wall as illuminated manuscript”, says Sandra Binion. “It is also a piece of music; there is a rhythm among the images, words, and spaces of silence.”

“When I was making the work in Italy, surrounded by friends who speak a language I only partly understand, I’d pick out every fifth word, and my sense of the conversation was assembled from those fragments, those details. The work is like that. I assemble meaning from impressions. I think with the senses, not in a linear way but with gesture, rhythm and movement. Putting the fragments together is a desire to communicate, and the images and writing come from this sense of being inside and outside at the same time.”

The text, paintings, video and photographs of her installation were first shown in a solo show, Rough Beauty, in the village of Tereglio Italy in 2012. The work is a response to Tereglio’s mountainous beauty and isolated serenity, which evolved into a personal and complex exploration of beauty in its most unlikely forms – discarded objects, weather-worn walls, lifeless plants.

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