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ILENE BERMAN:

60 HOURS Elizabeth Pope offers a poetic response to Ilene Berman’s installation 60 Hours which incorporates desks, felt and graphite as part of an exhibition of artwork by Saint Louis University studio art faculty at the University’s McNamee Gallery in Cupples House.

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY’S MCNAMEE GALLERY IN CUPPLES HOUSE

another step closer

sixty hours of hollow resentment

more circles appear

you sit

now they echo bubbles

a poor crooked child

gathered as quintets

in a felt school desk

here in a fourth grade class

how are you to understand

soak in the smoothness

a standardized test

a pattern. a message.

dizzying circles

is that what they call them

leave a mind yearning

twenty percent luck

wandering land

stand from afar

When your soul a wandering land

the rest of the world against you for a pattern. a message. but you knew that waves collapse side by side dreams from the wall

some bubbles scribbled with anxiety

of a childhood bedroom

yet others dark with boldness

-Elizabeth Pope

Ilene Berman, 60 Hours (photo credit: Richard Reilly) IN REVIEW

WINTER 2015 ALLTHEARTSTL.COM 08

All the Art, Winter 2015  

The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis

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