By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
A group of poets and visual artists have an exhibit that highlights a mashup of words and art that has roots in the Dada movement of the early 20th century, which challenged established canons of art and thought.
The opening reception for the exhibit, “I See You, An Ekphrastic Corpse,” will be 6-10 p.m. October 2 in the Art Haus at Milepost 5, 850 N.E. 81st Ave., with entrance on Oregon Street. The exhibit will continue through November 20.
The Gathering Crows, a collective of literary and visual artists, has created the show. They invited six poets to write on the theme “I See You.” Their website is gatheringcrows.org.
Each poet was given only the last sentence from a previous writer before continuing to write on the theme. None saw the entirety of the previous writer’s work. The dadaists called this form an “exquisite corpse.”
When the poets finished, their works went to the artists to interpret. A work of art inspired by a work in a different medium is called “ekphrastic art.”
The writers included Dena Rash Guzman, Ger Killeen, Patricia J. McLean, A. Molotkov, Duane Poncy and Penelope Scambly Schott. The artists included Tom Buell, Becky Busi, Jonathan Marrs, Allison McClay, Julia Storrs and May Wallace.
During the exhibit, other events are planned:
Oct. 10 — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Exquisite Corpse drawing workshop for all ages with artists Julia Storrs and May Wallace. Suggested donation: $10.
Oct. 17 — 3-5:30 p.m. “Meet Your Face,” a written and visual self-portrait workshop for age 12 and older with Penelope Scambly Schott and May Wallace. Suggested donation: $20.
Nov. 17 — 7:30 p.m. Writers read their work as part of the Readings@Milepost5 series, co-sponsored by Elohi Gadugi Journal. Free.