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Almine Rech Gallery Paris: JOHN GIORNO - PAINTINGS
ERIK LINDMAN- HUMAN PERSONALITY
- 14 Sept 2012 to 12 Oct 2012

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14 Sept 2012 to 12 Oct 2012

Almine Rech Gallery Paris
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JOHN GIORNO - PAINTINGS
14.09.12 - 12.10.12
Almine Rech Gallery Paris
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Artists in this exhibition: JOHN GIORNO, ERIK LINDMAN


JOHN GIORNO- PAINTINGS
14.09.12 - 12.10.12 / Paris

Opening: 13 September (6 - 8:30 pm)


Opening Thursday, September 13th 2012 / 6 - 8:30 pm
7 pm - Performance by John Giorno
7:30 pm - Music Live with Liturgy

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Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to present the third solo exhibition of John Giorno.

John Giorno was born in New York in 1936. He was recently the subject of a solo exhibition, entitled ‘Thanx 4 Nothing’ at the Faux Mouvements Centre d’Art contemporain in Metz. In 2010, he produced the ‘Diagonales’ exhibition at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Puteaux and ‘Sonopoetics (de la parole à l’image, de la poésie au son)’* at the Institut supérieur pour l’Etude du Langage Plastique in Brussels.

John Giorno assigns the divine, the sacred and the pragmatic to the poet’s function. His work embraces two disciplines: poetry and art, which have been a source of mutual fascination and inspiration for centuries. His paintings ‘Poem Paintings’ with their strong vibratory intensity, are excerpts from his poems, phrases that have continually haunted him, ‘Thanx 4 Nothing’, ‘Don’t wait for anything’, ‘I resigned myself to being here’. The canvases of this New York icon move comfortably from punchy black and white works to watercolours in all hues of the rainbow, and vary from the large format to the smaller and more intimate square piece. The word alone has the right to quote or to challenge in his oeuvre. After liberating poetry from its shackles from the very start of his artistic career, thanks to the Giorno Poetry System and projects such as ‘Dial A Poem’, which allowed the public access to poetry readi ngs by a mere phone call, John Giorno continues to push until he tears the very limits of his own art. It is almost impossible to evoke Giorno’s work without speaking of his encounters, of the eras he traversed, of the Holy Trinity of Warhol, Johns and Rauschenberg, whom he knew intimately. Giorno was in fact the subject of Warhol’s 1963 film ‘Sleep’. The artists that formed his entourage fuelled his desire to reinvent poetry. ‘I want to cum in your heart’, ‘Eating the sky’, ‘I want it to rain for the rest of my life’. These phrases find their inspiration among the founding fathers of the Beat Generation; Burroughs, Ginsberg, Gysin, of whom Giorno is the last messenger, both at the heart of the New York underground rock movement and Tibetan Buddhist meditation, of which he is an avid practitioner. For Giorno, the concept of artistic medium seems to be incidental: almost nothing seems to stop this great preacher in his pursuit of sound, rhythm and the absolute image.

Text by Julie Boukobza
Traduction d'Emma Lingwood




ERIK LINDMAN- HUMAN PERSONALITY
14.09.12 - 12.10.12 / Paris
Opening: 13 September (6 - 8:30 pm)

"...active habits are strengthened by repetition but passive ones are weakened." -C. S. Lewis

Keep on opening the window. There's the indelible strain arching across bristling, magnetic spires. After that: coronation with five thousand halos dripping, literally, with glory. Everything that was has fallen away from me ; now only a throb echoes against itself. The trumpets, no longer limp, are ready. They wait, all attention, like soldiers. My sandals explode, one at a time. "Each leg is shorter than the other". I can hear the knocking behind the door, but the door itself eludes me even as I smash my jaw against its threshold. But I don't do that too often anymore. Rupture is the truth emerging via beauty, yielding astonishment. Astonishment is the dissolution of the membrane between awareness and truth. The Good is psycho-physiological electricity.

After the whole order blew apart, it became possible to separate the wheat from the chaff. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix

Erik Lindman was born in 1985, in New York, U.S where he lives and works.
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix is the founder of Liturgy, New York based transcendental black metal band.

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