WEST BRATTLEBORO -- C.X. Silver Gallery presents "Nye Ffarrabas: A Walk on the Inside," an exhibition which runs from May 2 to Aug. 23.
The accompanying publication is part-catalog, part-memoir, part-monograph, a tribute to an artist and poet whose creative works span more than 50 years from the heyday of Fluxus Art of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the present day. The opening reception and book launch is on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., at the gallery, 814 Western Ave. Improvisation, readings and performance pieces may be part of the event.
This celebration of Brattleboro artist/poet Ffarrabas includes her event scores (instructions for participants in group and solo improvisation settings), poetry, visual arts, wall pieces, drawings, text-based art, installations, found-object artifacts and sculpture and photographic documentation of her performances and happenings. Her work, like that of fellow Fluxus artists of the 1960s and ‘70s, transcends categorization and pushes the boundaries of conventional definitions of art. More information is at cxsilvergallery.com. A preview of the book is at cxsilvergallery.magcloud.com.
Nye Ffarrabas, as usual, has fun explaining what she has been doing starting from her pioneering work of the 1960s and ‘70s into her ongoing fusion of art and poetry.
"Am I an ‘artist’? Or a ‘writer’? (Or what?) The answer is, ‘Definitely.’ I work with what I find around me, either objects or words, and I go from there. It’s a way of engaging with the world in an experimental, questing manner, much as a baby puts everything in her mouth to find out what it is," she states. "The materials I use are often taken from stuff that other people have jettisoned: leftovers, broken objects, typos and such. Sometimes these things have been reworked, other times the simple act of finding them and giving them a name, and a place to be, is it.
"When you start seeing things in a new way, nothing is exempt and the playfulness that emanates from this brings new insights, fresh interconnections, and some unsuspected depths. At the same time, speaking from my own perspective, everything is in some way sacred. And special. And weird. And heartbreaking. And hilarious. And breathtaking. And touching. And, in the presence of insatiable curiosity and plentiful goodwill, anything can be seen anew, in another light, showing us ourselves, also, in new ways."
The gallery is open by appointment Thursdays through Sundays, 3 to 8 p.m. during the exhibition. Calling ahead is recommended. For more information, contact C.X. Silver Gallery, Adam Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-7898, ext. 2.