Strange Shapes of the Unwarped Primal World
Works by Matt Kish
Friday, September 8 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 | noon to 4 p.m.
Before I was able to read, I understood that images could tell a story, and in some cases they could communicate more forcefully and more truly than the words on a page. Every book or story I have ever read has played itself out in the theater of my mind as a long series of vivid images. I literally “see” what I am reading, perhaps even more than I “read” the text I am seeing. For most of my life, there has been an unavoidable compulsion to give these inner visions some kind of reality, to take the stories I see in my mind and put them down on paper in ink and in paint. These drawings and paintings, alchemical images borne of everything I have ever seen and read and remembered, show you my life and my experiences as a reader of stories.
Matt Kish is a self-taught artist, and a librarian. He has been drawing since before he could read, and has never stopped. He has published Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page (Tin House Books, 2011) and illustrated Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss, The Desert Places by Amber Sparks & Robert Kloss, and The Revelator by Robert Kloss. His art has also appeared in the magazines The Chicagoan, Salt Hill Journal, The Turnip Truck(s), and the Japanese art and literature journal Monkey. Last year his work was the subject of a large two artist exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati titled Chasing the Whale and Other Endless Pursuits: Matt Kish and Robert Del Tredici. He is currently at work re-copying the entire text of Herman Melville's short novel Benito Cereno while also illustrating every page as well as creating an original painting for each of the 184 named dead in Homer's epic poem The Iliad.
September 8 – 23, 2017
The Gentle Oraclebird is a narrative exploration of kindness, using ritual and storytelling, and a new divination mechanism inspired and derived from the Chinese tradition of "lottery sticks," tarot decks, and carnival-based fortune telling mechanisms.
As an artist and builder, Shing Yin Khor is fascinated by the human impulse to create order and meaning by creating ritual, especially in a difficult and unstable universe. A gentle and considerate fiction, the Oraclebird is a character created to offer a considerate and tender fortune for those who may need an encouraging word.
Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist that is exploring personal narrative, new human rituals, and collaborative worldbuilding through graphic memoir and science fiction, and large scale art structures. Her themes are inspired by old museums, cabinets of curiosities, pre-Linnaean taxonomy, and the quiet horror of colonial era collecting.
Her immersive and narrative haunted house art installations, The Last Outpost and The Last Apothecary, received grants from Burning Man for their 2014 and 2016 festivals, and she has recently completed another large scale science fiction-themed site specific installation, Salvage Station No. 8, in conjunction with Beam Camp in New Hampshire.
Born in the port city of Malacca, Malaysia, she currently calls Los Angeles home.
Friday, October 6, 2017
7 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Noon to 4 pm