Delicate Utterances. Marks on the Cave Wall.
Delicate Utterances. Marks on the Cave Wall
Artists present first of two collaborative works in Great Barrington this weekend
Great Barrington, MA. Lenox based artist Karen Dolmanisth works with found objects and natural materials to create site specific sculptures and drawings that combine physical movement with an intuitive relationship to space and time. When Pioneer Valley poet Holly Wren Spaulding began collaborating with her two years ago, the process that emerged grew from their shared affinity with many of the same concepts, influences, and life experiences that have mattered to the artists independently, including John Cage, Yoko Ono and Buddhist practice. Their current process and project, ‘Still, Inviolate Center,’ will be on view this weekend at the Geoffrey Young Gallery in downtown Great Barrington with a live performance at 5:30 pm.
Holly Wren Spaulding and Karen Dolmanisth. Arts and Industry Building, Florence, Massachusetts. Photo by Candace Hope.
“I’m wanting to make a beyond-words gesture that says: from this place, I know that which is greater. It’s a ritual. A sacred act, like touching the cave wall,” says Dolmanisth. Spaulding, meanwhile, works from an archive of their conversations, co-experiments, and an exchange of materials and resources, distilling these elements into words and images imbued with the perspectives of two women who are creating work at the margins, surrounded by an overculture that continues to question the value of women’s voices, bodies, and experiences.
‘Still, Inviolate Center,’ incorporates Domanisth’s site specific, multi-media work with natural materials, water, and space, with selections from Spaulding’s ‘Lost Lexicon’ project, an extended series of compressed poems that imagine the voices of beings and places of a threatened natural world, and is presented in conjunction with MESHES, a group show featuring 2D works by John Clarke, Karen Dolmanisth, Dana Piazza and Sara Wallach. The first of two scheduled public performances will happen on Saturday, January 5, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm at the Geoffrey Young Gallery, 40 Railroad Street, 2nd Floor, Great Barrington, MA. Free admission. Seating will be limited and doors will close once the program begins. Wine served. This is a 18+ event. Later in the month, Dolmanisth and Spaulding will present their second piece, ‘As Mountains.’