Absract of Keynote Paper:
Frank O’Hara’s Poetics of Art Writing: ‘On Looking’ to the ‘Crowning of the Poet’ Redell Olsen
Frank O’Hara’s writing on art is diverse and crosses multiple genres from criticism, poetry to collaborative and visual works. In addition to critical writings on artists he often wrote poems on paintings, dedicated his poems to painters and made reference in his own poems to particular paintings from a range of art historical periods that included his own. In its diversity O’Hara’s art writing contributed to the conditions of mutual influence that emerged between the poets and writers who were his contemporaries. Grace Hartigan’s painting the ‘Crowning of the Poet’ (1985) demonstrates the ongoing effect of the poet on the artist nearly twenty years after O’Hara’s death. This talk will examine a number of paintings and works of art that relate in very different ways to O’Hara’s poems and explore the ways in which these paintings, when read in conjunction with O’Hara’s writings, might help us to re-imagine and to rethink the traditional modes used to describe the constellated and inter-related practices of poetry and painting.
See a Video of the Paper Here (Olsen at 4:09)
Abstract Keynote: Redell Olsen
‘Proposals For Landscapes: and other mutual antipathies’
This talk will offer a series of proposals For landscapes, a recalibration of the optics for a poetics of the conceptual. This reading will explore these possibilities across multiple registers of the material and linguistic possibilities of felt-thought. It will assert a space for itself between the symptomatic dismissal by the visual arts of poetry as ‘literary costume’ and the more recent neglectful mis-readings of conceptual art by writing at the expense of the conceptual histories of the lyric genre.
28th of April 2016 – International Conference on Artistic Research: Writing
Keynote: Redell Olsen
‘A Column of Air: Flickers/Writing/Painting’
28 April 2016, 14.15 till 15.00 — Royal Academy of Art
In 1967 Art and Language designated a column of air ‘art.’ The place of writing as and in place of painting seemed assured. When you begin to look away from seeing and reading the dematerialised art work, there emerges a new possibility, a poetics of flickers. In 2016 this column of written air flickers with art forms very different from the art critical language associated with conceptual art. What does this flickering reveal? Poetics and the visual arts flicker with glimpses of this not not-conceptual-art, and not not-writing-as art. My performance/lecture will explore how writing might engage with a flickering ekphrastic turn to landscape painting and its spin-offs. Timothy Morton questions whether ‘Nature’ was ever really there as more than a flickering ghost. I will nevertheless resist the double bind associated with simplistic definitions of ekphrasis, undoing the binary logic of writing as a half-glimpsed phantom of another ‘proper’ subject. The possibility of the filmic will be registered across the boundaries between the documentary, the poetic, and the visual-as-writing. Tracing this exploration through existing works and images, this lecture/performance hopes to enact a writing of paintings for paintings and an aesthetics of art that flickers in writing.
Video of Paper here
Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio
8pm Monday 9th November 2015
Please join us in welcoming Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow Peter
Gizzi, who will be reading with past fellow Redell Olsen
Free entry and refreshments
- Judith E Wilson Drama Studio
The Faculty of English, 9 West Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9DP United Kingdom + Google Map
The Photographers Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
Performance / reading as part of Print Screen Writing and the Image: This in-depth symposium in collaboration with University of Westminster addresses current thinking on the relationship between writing and the image, with particular emphasis on connections across the fields of experimental literature, photography, and film.
Presenters / Speakers include: Laura Mulvey, Patrick Keiller, Jonathan Long, Redell Olsen, Daniel Kane and Leigh Wilson. Organised by Dr. Georgina Colby and Professor John Beck in conjunction with The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
Film Poems now available from Les Figues (Los Angeles). Contains film poems: Bucolic Picnic (or, toile de jouy camouflage) (2009), Newe Booke of Copies (2009-10), Lost Pool (2010), and S P R I G S & spots (2011-12).
Live performance with film and recordings on wax cylinders.
30 August 2013 in Brighton, UK at the Nightingale Theatre.
Video documentation of the event at filmpoems
With thanks to Aleksander Kolkowski, Katy Price and Drew Milne.