Richard Tuttle: 8 Poems

September 3-October 15, 2011

This event is the culmination of a project months in the making; Richard will be on hand to give a poetry reading at 6pm sharp, and a reception will follow.

Artifacts and elements from the book’s construction will be on view at WNYBAC from September 3-October 15.
Signed copies of the book will also be available for purchase. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the book and meet the artists.

Opening Reception: September 3, 6-8pm starting with a poetry reading by Richard Tuttle at 6pm

A collaboration between WNY Book Arts Center and the University at
Buffalo Art Galleries, Richard Tuttle: 8 Poems is an exhibition
featuring documentation of three different projects realized by Richard
Tuttle over the course of the last year: a book of poetry, site-specific
sculptural performances, and a newspaper publication. The exhibition
will feature photographs, maquettes, correspondence, pieces of the
poetry book in progress, presswork, and additional artist books by
Tuttle from the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection.

Richard Tuttle: 8 Poems, Tuttle’s latest project in Buffalo, is a book
of poetry printed by Mohawk Press and published by the UB Art Galleries.
The final book will: measure a mere 3.5″ x 5.5″; feature an inside cover
and inside back cover made of handmade pigmented paper cast from wood
blocks cut by Tuttle; have eight pages, entirely letterpressed, each
with a single poem and a portion of a “continuous line” conceived by
Tuttle that undulates throughout the book; and will be hand-sewn and
bound in an edition of 200.

As part of the Artpark: 1974–1984 exhibition organized by the UB Art
Gallery, Center for the Arts, in the fall of 2010, Richard Tuttle
installed Toxicity And Purification, a series of temporary sculptures
based on his original 1974 Artpark project. The two dynamic forms
comprising Toxicity And Purification spiraled upwards to function as a
pump removing toxins (spiritual, cultural, environmental, etc) from the
earth and were erected in and around Buffalo at sites deemed in need of
purification. Unlike his original sculpture, which was vandalized and
destroyed almost immediately, the elements and the potential for human
intrusion were integral to this new work. The sculptures, which remained
true to the basic forms while varying radically in size and material,
were installed for a predetermined length of time from one hour to a few
days, or left to the elements.

Artpark Sun: Artist Claims Descent From Canova is a newspaper published
by the UB Art Galleries documenting the ephemeral sculptural
performance, Toxicity And Purification. As an example of
cross-disciplinary collaboration between UB departments, the UB Art
Galleries, and area cultural institutions, this publication engaged area
writers along with UB faculty, students, and alumni from the Poetics,
Media Studies, and Visual Studies programs to write articles on topics
ranging from the local environment to Neoclassicism. The publication
will be distributed at area venues, including the Albright-Knox, Western
New York Books Arts Center, and the UB Art Galleries.

All events are free and open to the public.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation Baird Foundation
Cameron Jane Wendt Foundation StoryGrowing