Jen BervinUnited States
Grants Awarded2016 | Visual Art | China
for a grant to carry out research in China on traditional silk embroidery technique and 4th Century poet Su Huiïs Xuanji Tu, (Picture of the Turning Sphere) for a large-scale, multidisciplinary artwork
Strange Oscillations and Vibrations of Sympathy features work by contemporary female artists that acknowledge or reference women writers. The exhibition's title is derived from a sentence Sylvia Plath underlined in her copy of Virginia Woolf's The Waves, and that Stephanie Brooks later appropriated for a text-based artwork. These multiple layers of mediation are integral to all of the included works. The exhibition features 34 works by 21 artists inspired by writers Octavia Butler, A. S. Byatt, María Elena Cruz Varela, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, Clarice Lispector, Gabriela Mistral, Toni Morrison, Alejandra Pizarnik, Mary Shelley, Rebecca Solnit, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Virginia Woolf.
Poets Ari Banias, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Souvankham Thammavongsa read selections of their work in honor of Agnes Martin in an evening curated by artist Jen Bervin. The program concludes with a reception and exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.