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REACTION: Literary responses to Process, and unveiling of Phil Chang’s work

Literary responses to Process, and unveiling of Phil Chang’s work

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | 6:30PM | FREE
at PCNW | 900 12th Avenue, Seattle

Join us Thursday, May 8th for an evening of words and photography. In honor of our Process exhibition we have invited three writers/poets for a public reading of pieces that relate to the themes explored in the exhibition. Additionally, we will reveal a second piece by Los Angeles-based artist Phil Chang that has remained unveiled since the exhibition’s opening—Chang’s images disappear before your eyes, in broad daylight. His unfixed gelatin silver print photograms go directly from the darkroom into a frame, and do not see the light of day until the image is on exhibit, at which point it starts to disappear. In a performance of sorts, over the course of several hours, viewers can watch the image fade from fully formed to a reddish monochrome.

Invited writers:

Rebecca Bridge

Rebecca is the co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art, the ultimate collection of fun and thought provoking writing inspirations, exercises, reflections, and prompts for story writers and poets alike. This book gets at the process of writing much like the artists in Process explore their artistic practice. Organized around items you might find in an attic, the prompts in this book help readers tackle writer’s block. Bridge holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and writes, well, everything. Literally. Fiction, poetry, screenplays, memoir, and essays. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, The Red Rock Review, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Columbia Poetry Review, and Weird Deer, among other places.

Adam Boehmer

On Revealing:
“Our job is to become more and more of what we are,” says poet Marvin Bell. “The growth of a poet seems to be related to his or her becoming less and less embarrassed about more and more.” And so it goes: the process of putting pen to paper like a slow disrobing for all of your lovers. The longest burlesque. The delivery of more and more words out of your mouth, and how exposed you will feel afterwards.

Adam Boehmer‘s poems have appeared in The Los Angeles ReviewSporkGertrudeThe Monarch ReviewCityArts magazine, and the anthology The Full Spectrum, from Knopf Books. He has worked as a contributing writer for online entities such as Ironing Board Collective and Vignettes Collection. A collaborative book, Sweaters & GLASS was recently produced with Los Angeles-based artist Maggie Carson Romano, integrating poetry, photography, and objects.

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is a writer, artist, lecturer, curator, journalist and performer. She has authored a dozen books published in the US and abroad, including American Romances,  The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs and The Terrible Girls (City Lights Books) and The Gifts of the Body (HarperCollins). She writes regularly for The Stranger.

Brown’s altered texts and installations have been exhibited in the Frye Art Museum, Hedreen Gallery, Arizona Center for Poetry, and Simon Fraser Gallery (Vancouver, BC). She curated Devotion, an exhibition and series of experiences, for the Hedreen Gallery of Seattle University, and premiered “Monstrous,” her one woman performance/talk, at Northwest Film Forum, in 2013.

She has been awarded a Stranger Genius Award, Boston Book Review Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, Lambda Literary Award and (twice) the  Washington State Book Award. She has taught and lectured in the US and abroad and is currently Artist in Residence at Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and Poetics  at the University of Washington, Bothell, and on the MFA in writing  faculty at Goddard College, Vermont.

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