Happy Poetry Friday!
This week I’m sharing info on an art exhibit I’m in, and also haikus for December’s call for #haikuforhope.
I’m very happy to be a part of this rich-multilayered exhibit: intimate: small works by 9 artists that’s opening, Friday December 14th and running through the month of January. I thought this would fit in well with the #haikuforhope poetry that are circulating this month–as art often makes me very hopeful! If you are in the Chicago area and interested in attending either the opening or after, let me know and I’ll send you the exact location.
Here’s a blurb about the exhibit:
Art is a process. It’s not just the sweeping gesture and refined form of the grand finished work. It’s the sketch, the study, the drawing, the process of exploring an idea in various media such as graphite, gouache, watercolor, print and small canvas. In these works, the artist’s hand tends to be less disguised, and more discernible. The reduced scale enables a personal connection, pulling us into the work rather than projecting out. We gain insight into the artist’s process. We see decisions made and rescinded right there on the surface through erasure and pentimento. With every drip, slash and mark left visible, we trace the history of the work and reimagine its making. And for we the viewers, these small works inspire us to covet and care for them, like bundles of dog-eared love letters or precious family heirlooms. It’s something about their size, their immediacy, their intimacy—they contain a sense of humanity.
“Intimate: Small Works by 9 Artists” is an exhibition that recognizes the unique power that small works have to make a connection between artist and viewer. On exhibit will be the works of Chicago artists working in a variety of media, and with disparate concerns, but all of whom reveal to us the power of the small.
Dan Oliver, 12/03/2018
Haiku week of December 9-2018
the cold day that’s waiting
for a sparrow.
windsor blue-green and
rose doré sky, viewed through pines
and bare branches.
mid-morn waiting break–
too much planned, december leaves
shiver and agree.
pink pelicans marched
cerulean blue sky
paint paints patience,
unending ideas, and
full breaths for thought
afternoon post line
not too long, allows time
for short reflection
talking milkweed pods
braving chicago’s winter,
dream of spring sprouts…
©2018 Michelle Kogan
Laura Shovan is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Laura! She has a dynamic new book out Takedown, which I’m reading presently and she’s definitely taken me into the web of her two MC’s Mikayla and Lev, a girl and boy who are paired up as wrestling partners.
I got stuck in the morning, waiting for the sparrow. (Such a perfect pairing with Linda Baie’s post.) And those chatty milkweeds. Lovely! Congratulations on your shared exhibition, too, Michelle!
Michelle, congratulations on the “intimate” exhibition! I love that it’s in a secret location… so cool. And wow you are are sharing beauty with these haiku… paint paints patience indeed! xo
Thanks Irene! That beauty is out there waiting for us—if we look for her.
I’d love to be going to your exhibit, Michelle, sure I would love seeing your work & that of the others, too. Love the haiku, a special thing for us every day, isn’t it? And I love the idea of those “talking milkweed pods”. I see them often enough on my walks & am gladdened by their promise. Wishing you a wonderful night tonight!
I’ve been on that afternoon post line, Michelle. These small reflections make me stop and think how each moment is a poem.
A poem waiting patiently between the crevices of our busy days—I like that 💡Laura.
Small can definitely be mighty! I like those December leaves shivering their agreement.
And small proved to make a statement and mark within the art on exhibit. I hope some of the leaves linger on throughout the winter…
Thanks for sharing your lovely haiku and info about the exhibit! Wish I lived closer.
Hi Jama, thanks! It was an interesting and intimate show— some work quite small—most art you could see the hand at work within them.
I hope your opening night went well. That’s a great collection of haiku — I love seeing glimpses of your week all collected in one spot!
Thanks Mary Lee that’s an interesting way to think about the group.
Thank you for the signs of hope in art, haiku, & milkweed! Each poem creates an image worth a pause for reflection.
Michelle, there’s so much to celebrate in your post! I hope your opening night was a grand success. I love that the location was secret, and I also love your haiku. I’m especially drawn toward “paints paint patience” and those December leaves shivering in agreement. Wonderful post!