Down To Write You This Poem Sat
26 June – 3 September 2016

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

Art and poetry share a long and rich history, from the visual poetry experiments of the modernist avant-garde to the association of the Beat Generation with artists like Andy Warhol. Today, this conversation continues, with artists and poets borrowing freely from one another and often active in both areas.

Down To Write You This Poem Sat brings together a number of works that move between visual forms and the written word. One of the defining features of this intersection has been the way language is increasingly loosening itself from the printed page, responding both to new technological developments and social and political change. Titled after Canadian poet bpNichol's First Screening—a collection of animated poems written for the Apple IIe computer—Down To Write You This Poem Sat explores this shift, with artists and poets readily making use of new media while drawing on the language and techniques of mass culture through film, writing, performance, and installation.

Down To Write You This Poem Sat is generously supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.