Amazing week (preparing, setting up, installing) and uplifting weekend (painting, reading, performing) at the Simoncini Gallery in Luxembourg. We had a three-day opening party during which we nomadically performed our collaborations moving across the three floors of the exhibition.
At the lower level we had installed a complete set of Pierre Joris’ publications — about 60 books & chapbooks moving between poetry, essays & translations. The earliest publications date from 1969; in 1990 start the years of collaboration between Pierre’s works & the art I created for his books. The readings at that level thus focused on our Domopoetics world. The readings on the 1st floor (or 2nd floor in the US!) focused on my recent books & carnets as exhibited there. The performance on the ground level was dedicated to live Action Paintings — I made 5 this weekend! — with Pierre reading from The Book Of U, his new book of poems published by Editions Simoncini with my translation and illustrations for the limited edition.
On Friday Man’ok performed on bass with us. On Saturday & Sunday Pierre DJ’d sound files by earlier collaborators Holland Hopson & Michael Bisio.
So far this has been a truly superb experience for us and, we hope, for the many visitors, from old friends to the people who came in because they saw the action in progress from the street.
The show will run until November 26 and a few more Actions will occur.
With many thanks to André Simoncini & Ingrid Anders and their incredible team of collaborators who made it possible.
Here is the first batch of documentation organized by sections:
Opening Weekend Actions:
Ground Floor : Action Paintings
Basement floor : Domopoetics Zone
Upper Floor: Works by Nicole
Galerie Simoncini Editions:
The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans
Poems by Pierre Joris
Translations & Original illustration by Nicole Peyrafitte
Pre-Opening article in WOXX