Press release for collaboration with Ellen Wiener

Art Sites Gallery

651 W. Main Street

Riverhead, NY 11901

artsitesgallery.com

(631) 591-2401

<Forest / Mirror> <Ink / Page>

May 31- July 6, 2014

Visual artist Ellen Wiener and poet LB Thompson collaborate in a playful and interactive installation at Art Sites gallery in Riverhead to open May 31 and running through July 6.  Both North Fork residents, they are known in their respective fields for intense hermetic attention to form and detail.

In the main gallery, explore themes of lost and found in Longhand Forest, Ellen Wiener’s giant mural printed and affixed to wood panels with hidden compartments containing Thompson’s poem sequence Fibonacci Monstrosity.  Both in the artwork and in poems introducing characters who are denizens of this twisting arboreal landscape, words and images reel together in an expanding and contracting nautilus design based on the Fibonacci sequence. Visitors to the gallery may seek out and steal the poems scrolled inside the hypnotic matrix of the drawing.

In the second room, the complex painting Cabinet with Cards corresponds with thirteen Poems in the Suit of Diamonds, which are displayed on shelves around the painting. Together the poems and the painting interrogate the curious economics and ethics of the material world as represented by the suit of diamonds. Here “reading” becomes a divinatory practice, rotating the audience on an axis, just as the poems like playing cards can be read right-side up or upside down.

Two limited edition artists’ books will also be available for sale and on display. Fibonacci / Forest is a fieldbook with details from Ellen Wiener’s Longhand Forest printed on vellum overlaying Thompson’s Fibonacci Monstrosity. A boxed deck of fifteen 5×7 cards, Poems in the Suit of Diamonds, features an entrancing original card-back design by Wiener.  Both editions are signed and numbered by the artist and the poet.

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Ellen Wiener is a painter and printmaker whose latest work concentrates on literary sources and pictorial language. Recent exhibitions include work at PS1-MOMA, The National Academy, Lori Bookstein and Central Booking Galleries. She has held faculty appointments at Sarah Lawrence Writers Institute, Princeton University, SUNY Stony Brook.

LB Thompson studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. She has received awards for emerging writers from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her chapbook, Tendered Notes: Poems of Love and Money won the Center For Book Arts prize. Her poems and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, and Stonecutter as well as other literary magazines and websites. She teaches writing at The New School and at Suffolk County Community College.