The Brand Library Art Galleries is pleased to present Lovingly, Rose Peebles an exhibition curated by Kim Schoen with MATERIAL, featuring the artwork of Ginny Cook, Ulrich Gebert, Emilie Halpern, Marie Jager, Valérie Jouve, Farrah Karapetian, Virginie Litzler, Shana Lutker, Kim Schoen and Susanne Winterling. Kim Schoen is co-editor with Ginny Cook of MATERIAL, a Los Angeles-based journal for artists’ writings.
In her essay “Efforts of Affection: A Memoir of Marianne Moore,” Elizabeth Bishop recalls sending Moore a lengthy poem, the most ambitious poem she had up until then attempted. Moore (and Moore’s aging mother) sat up late into the night, rewriting it. Their version of the poem arrived in the mail the next day. Bishop writes:
“The revised poem had been typed out on very thin paper and folded into a small square, sealed with a gold star sticker and signed on the outside “Lovingly, Rose Peebles”. I had had an English teacher at Vassar whom I liked very much, named Miss Rose Peebles, and for some reason this name fascinated Marianne.”
The exhibition Lovingly, Rose Peebles sparks from an interest in the relationships that form between artists in the close readings of one another’s work. Schoen has invited ten artists, who all work with photography in some form, to each select the work of another. The structure is that of a star. Each artist has, through the process of studio visits and conversations, edited the work of another for this exhibition, in a chain until the first point of the star.
In all visual work, choices must be made regarding final form, and in Lovingly, Rose Peebles the concept of editing takes on new meaning since the choices are being made between two artists, rather than individually or between artist and curator. This exhibition's content is generated by these conversations and collaborations between artists, and the subject of the show—rather than being organized around a single theme—is instead constituted by these processes.
An Artists' Talk will take place Saturday, December 11, 1-3 p.m.