Jen Bervin, Tactile Language
October 11-December 3, 2017
opening reception: Wednesday, October 11 | 6-8 PM | FREE
Jen Bervin will give a gallery talk & poetry reading starting at 6:30 PM.
An exhibition of Jen Bervin’s works from Silk Poems, a poem fabricated nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor, and Tactile Language, short videos that pay homage to Anni Albers’ typed studies and writing on weaving. The show title comes from Anni Albers’ book On Weaving:
“These varied experiments in articulation are to be understood not as an end in themselves but merely as a help to us in gaining new terms in the vocabulary of tactile language.”
Jen Bervin is an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science, and life in a complex yet elegant way. She has published ten books, including Silk Poems and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems with Marta Werner, named a Best Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement, Hyperallergic, and The New Yorker. Her work has also been exhibited at venues like MASS MoCA, Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, MCA Denver, and The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, and is held in more than thirty international collections, including Stanford University, The Brooklyn Museum, and The J. Paul Getty Museum. Bervin will be an Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in 2018. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant and a Rauschenberg Residency,