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COPYO9O9 by Gihon River Collective [GRC]

GRC Invited Artsists/Writers Brian Belott, USA (Visiting Artist)

“Brian Belott’Books” Small books for small hands, Belott’s books are at a far remove from Anselm Kiefer’s enormous, decaying, lead-and-semen ledgers. They work well in groups; it’s nice to have a cluster of them on a shelf.... ....The absence of objects is one of the subjects.-By Donald Baechler (French West Indies, Dec 2006) Ed Smith, USA (Visiting Artist) Ed Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing. His work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. These include The British Museum, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp Belgium, Ministry of the Flemish Community, The Hood Museum, The Davis Museum, Yale University and many more. Ed Smith’s work is about the human condition and references antiquity, classicism and the dignity of labor.

Cole Swensen, USA (Visiting Writer)

Kathy Black, USA (VSC Program Director)

Cole Swensen is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. She is the author of five collections of poems, including Try (University of Iowa Press, 1999), winner of the 1998 Poetry Prize; Noon (Sun and Moon Press, 1997), which won a New American Writing Award; and Numen (Burning Deck Press, 1995) which was nominated for the PEN West Award in Poetry.

Kathy Black’s work forces together images that may not belong together, gives the intense information that comes through painting from life and creates a place to explore metaphors that emerge from the collision of objects and images. She has shown her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the US and abroad. Kathy is currently the Program Director at Vermont Studio Center.

Cole Swensen’s poetry is based on research projects that attempt to collide the language of information with language as art, underscoring--and perhaps disrupting or dissolving-- the distance between these modes. Gregory Botts, USA (Visiting Artist) Gregory Botts attended the School of Visual Arts in 1970-72. He won a scholarship to the Skowhegan School in Maine in 1972. He was most recently represented by the Salander O'Reilly Gallery in NYC and The Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he also keeps a studio. He still paints in NYC on the Brooklyn waterfront and has recently taught at the NY Studio School and at the National Academy School.

George Pearlman, USA (VSC Executive Director) In painting as in reality the appearance of space is two dimensional and the experience is multidimensional. In painting we call this phenomenon plasticity. In the dynamics of this spatial experience lies the expressive value of a painting . It reflects the artists deepest feelings and touches on his/her every experience. I have found in my painting the more I push to explore these feelings the more I have attempted to capture a more expressive interpretation of the visual experience. Abstraction frees the spirit to allow for the deepest exploration of this expressive experience. This exhibition has been organized in agreem ent w ith

Vermont Studio Center is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization founded by Artists in 1984, the largest international artist and w riter’s residency in the United States. Every m onth for the past 25 years, VSC w elcom es to Johnson, Verm ont, over 50 sculptors, painters, installation artists,

Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace

printm akers, photographers, m ulti-m edia artists, poets and

sponsors the additional events

w riters from around the world.

And developed by VSC alum ni of Septem ber 2009

GRC Fellowship offers FREE Residency @ VSC for UK artists & writers See our website for application process

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Artist “The greatest gift you can give an artist is time in the studio to explore his/her imagination. The Gihon River Collective has created its own simple but effective initiative embodying artists supporting artists. They are offering an opportunity for a peer to have this time through money raised from the sales of Small Works that they have each donated. Away from daily distractions artists and writers can work on their aesthetic and political concerns and take the next step to a broadening global artistic practice. All of the exhibitors of COPYO9O9 have had that experience as offered by a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. Now they want to give someone else that time. I hope you will join me in supporting their cause. ”

EVENTS to accompany writing and artwork in the form of an exhibition EVENTS HELD @ COPYO9O9 EXHIBITION SPACE: *** Small Works Fundraiser endorsed by YINKA SHONIBARE MBE will be introduced at Launch Party *** ! LAUNCH PARTY

Thursday, 9 September from 6-9pm

! Artist & Writer Networking

Saturday, 11 September from 2-5pm

! Sharing the Residency Experience

Saturday, 11 September from 7-9pm

EVENTS HELD @ WESTBOURNE GROVE CHURCH ARTSPACE: ! Writer & New Media Event Monday, 13 September from 3-6pm ‘The Border Escaped Her’ presented by Christopher Lee|Liliana Valenzuela|Renata Szur !


Chair: Tontxi Vazquez Tuesday, 14 September from 7-9pm *Curators Tour of COPY0909 Exhibition from 6-6:45 (before Panel Discussion) ‘Residencies: Beyond Everyday Life’ Panel: Amna Ilyas|Ed Smith|Liliana Valenzuela|Mark Dilks

! Children’s Workshop facilitated by Juliie Beech

Sunday, 19 September from 3-5pm

Exhibition Team: Christy Symington Curator in Chief (UK-based)|Chutima Kerdpitak (Nok) Curator (UK-based)| Erin Lee Benson Curator (US-based)|Tontxi Vazquez Marketing Director|Wendel Ward Project/Financial Manager Many thanks to our Sponsors & GRC Supporting Artists: Alice Cunningham|Briony Marshall| Gareth Hughes|Jean Walcot|Joanna Pierides|Lynn Todd|Mikkel Mechior Faerch-Jensen

Christy Symington, UK (Curator in Chief, VSC Alumni 2001) Christy [A] coalesces amorphous forms with scars of absent man-made structures; [B] unveils individuals, often people of colour, which history has little recognized; [C] wrestles with the beauty, symbolism and survival threats of the Tiger. She is an Associate Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors [and Trustee 2003-07]. She has studied and exhibits in London, Paris and New York including the Threadneedle Prize, Society of Portrait Sculptors and Freedom to Create Prize. Tontxi Vazquez, Puerto Rico/UK (Chair of Panel Discussion) Wide cultural, institutional and corporate experiences in the sphere of Fine Arts have spanned a few decades where he has been critically acclaimed as an Artist/Curator in alternative spaces in the NYC scene and Latin America. He is well read in photography, music and is currently receiving accolades for his filmmaking. Currently living in the UK where he continues to explore issues of first world people, post-colonialism and continues to empower young people into their unique brilliance.

A3 COPY0909 Exhibition Poster Catalogue [Front]  

by Gihon River Collective

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