EXHIBITION OPENING: Friday, November 2, 2018 (6-8pm)
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, November 3, 2018 (3-4:30pm)
B R U N A is pleased to present Lo, the Ouroboros its tayle devouring, a project by Seattle-based artist JOE Milutis. Taking the form of an exhibition and artist talk, this project departs from the seventeenth century German alchemist MICHAEL Maier’s emblem book, Atalanta Fugiens. Published in Latin in 1617, Atalanta Fugiens represents an early form of mass and multi-media that reveals a mystical pre-history of the modern world, a system of symbology and thought that preceded modern science.
For his presentation at B R U N A, Milutis will exhibit creative translations of Maier’s alchemical texts, which he composed and printed as posters that mix visual and lyric concerns and forms. Recombining the original illustrations of Matthias Merian with his own 21st century sensibilities, in this project, Milutis teases some questions around the (im)possibilities of alchemy as a literary form, the (in)fidelity of images and symbols according to context, and the pedagogy of mysticism and montage, among others. After opening the exhibition, Milutis will also speak on the context of the project, riffing on such topics as alchemy, the Rosicrucian underground, occult Christianity, and pre-modern forms of Esperanto.
JOE Milutis is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses academic and creative work in a variety of media and distribution modes, including experiments in narrative and poetics; sound and radio; video; new media; performance and various media/literature hybrids. He is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell and the author of Failure, A Writer’s Life (Zer0 Books) and Ether: The Nothing That Connects Everything (Minnesota). Work has appeared in Fence, Triple Canopy, Cabinet, PennSound Authors, Jacket2, Tagvverk, Gauss PDF, as well as a variety of performance, gallery venues, chapbooks, artist books, and experimental PDFs.
This exhibition will be on view November 2, 2018 - December 8, 2018.
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