The Poetry Scores Art Invitational for Paul Muldoon's Incantata will be held Friday, November 11 (that's 11/11/11) at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 So. 12th St. in Soulard.
At our Art Invitationals, we invite 50 or so local artists to make new work in response to the poem we are scoring. We require that they title the work after a verbatim quote from the poem. We then hang the work in the space according to where in the flow of the poem the langauge used for the title appears.
In this way, the poem hangs the show. It works, year after year. Incantata will be our 6th annual invitational, with no duds to date.
This year, I bugged the artists early to work early and finish early so we can promote early. This partly is financial in motive. Our invitationals are silent art auctions, with proceeds split evenly three ways, between artist, venue and Poetry Scores. We're hoping to whet some appetites for this work and get some eager buyers in the door at Mad Art -- maybe even field some opening bids in advance.
Anyway, this is the early work we have in as of now -- in the order in which it will appear in the show.
"In everything there is an order"
"A pupa in swaddling clothes"
“Its tidal wave of army-worms into which you all but disappeared”
of a potato-mouth in a potato-face
speak out, unencumbered,"
Claire Medol Hyman
"...as I watched the low swoop over the lawn today of a swallow..."
"of nothing more than a turn
in the road where a swallow dips into the mire
or plucks a strand of bloody wool from a strand of barbed wire
in the aftermath of Chickamauga or Culloden
and builds from pain, from misery, from a deep-seated hurt,
a monument to the human heart"
"You'd be aghast at the idea of your spirit hanging over this vale of tears."
"The Shower of Rain"
Thus far confirmed for the invitational:
Gena Brady Allen
Andrea Avery Durway
Claire Medol Hyman
Meera Lee Patel
Kim Keek Richardson
Robert Van Dillen
More to come!
Before we get there, our score to Incantata will have been premiered. This year, we commissioned the great composer Barbara Harbach to do our work for us. Her score to Incantata will be premiered by musicians from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 30 at the Lee Theatre in the Touhill on the campus of UMSL. Be there!