A Blue Dark

1 Jun 2019 – 7 Sep 2019

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Ink drawings by Fritz Horstman / Poems and translations by Fiona Sze-Lorrain


The Gallery Upstairs at the Institute Library is proud to present its summer show A Blue Dark. In this exhibition, Connecticut-based visual artist Fritz Horstman collaborates with Paris-based poet, translator, and zheng harpist Fiona Sze-Lorrain to explore a cross-genre range of textual/non-textual responses to the presence of a luminous dark. Both artists meditate on its changing physicality, materiality, space, emotions, images, meanings, and music by dialoguing with each other's work—ink drawings, poetry, and translation—inspired by the complexity of black, gray, and white, as well as their fluid mysteries of being. Exhibited texts are handwritten by Sze-Lorrain on washi paper treated by Horstman. A beautiful limited-edition catalogue ($22) featuring the work of Horstman and Sze-Lorrain has been published by Vif Éditions on this occasion and is available for sale at the Library.


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