This week we visited the new exhibition of Martin Laborde at Corner Door; we learned more about Kenneth Anger, we passed by the exhibition Juiceworks, we watched artist movies made by Heidi Bucher and Liz Magic Laser; and we wished you Happy Valentine’s day with the song Je t’aime…moi non plus performed by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin.
Jack Spicer wrote what he called ‘dictated poetry.’ To Spicer, a cipher, the work came from outside, his role as a poet was simply to transcribe the poem as it is dictated. This is because a poem cannot express anything of the poet’s desires—according to Spicer the poem in fact says the opposite of the poet’s intention. The poem itself has its own desires. Never write what you like; the lines you like are the ones that screw up the poem. The poet after writing a poem should feel empty, as though he didn’t say anything.
A poem originates as a desire, before language, contrary to expression. Spicer, in a famous series of lectures delivered in Vancouver in 1957, describes himself as a host, transmitting this desire that originates from a source outside. The source is unimportant. It is with your own words, your own voice that you have to bring form to the poem. You are stuck with words. You speak the words. But it does not follow that you wrote those words. Mirror makers know the secret – one does not make a mirror to resemble a person, one brings a person to the mirror.
Corner Door is a project space runs by Oscar Tuazon and located 3351 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles.
The show is on until beginning of March.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
This past Sunday, artist Oscar Tuazon opened a new space, A Corner Door, at 3351 Fletcher Drive in Los Angeles. The small triangular building will host rotating exhibitions and projects that allow for experimentation. It is always refreshing to visit a space run by an artist, so I am really excited to see how this new gallery progresses!
The premiere exhibition, Rug, Small Building, and Two Photos, by Nate Page is a solid endeavor, and a must see. Page used materials specific to the site of the gallery – dirty pillows from discarded sofas collected on neighboring streets, and square slabs of sidewalk concrete. It brought to mind Carl Andre’s floor sculptures, and, pillow forts, serious art making with a playful vibe. The opening was well attended with visitors hanging in and out of the gallery, around, and on top of the sculpture. A Corner Door is open Monday through Friday 10AM – 5PM, and Nate Page’s exhibition will be on view until July 4th.