“Australia and Japan—Gesture and Geography” a conversation between artist Dorothy Goode and art critic Richard Speer.
Does travel affect the way artists and writers create? Paul Gauguin in Tahiti, Jane and Paul Bowles in Morocco, Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico—the worlds of art and literature abound with links between the power of place and the development of style. But how much of that is real, and how much is romantic hyperbole? These questions are frequent subjects of introspection and conversation for artist/writer couple Dorothy Goode and Richard Speer as the two undertake the journeys that have become their practice: driving a beaten-up 1979 van from Portland to Alaska and back; hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand; spending three months in the Australian outback; crisscrossing Japan on bullet trains... Friends and colleagues often ask: “How did Alaska affect your painting?” “Did the silence of the outback seep into your writing?” The answers are complicated, and they highlight the ambiguities travel can expose between our identities and creative output.
Framing the evening’s conversation is Goode’s current exhibition, Phraseology, a series begun after the couple returned from Australia, completed after they returned from Japan. In the paintings’ reductivist gestures and calligraphic brushstrokes, can we sense echoes of the spartan Australian landscape and the hushed elegance of Japanese scrolls?
Goode will share excerpts from her travel journal, augmented by projected images of Speer’s photographs. Other topics will include the parallels between drawing and driving; Goode’s impressions of the travel writing of Martha Gellhorn, Bruce Chatwin, and Ian Frazier; and Speer’s research into the influence Japanese aesthetics exerted on American abstract expressionist Sam Francis.
Audience participation is encouraged. Australian wine and Japanese sake will be served. Entry to the event is free and open to the public.
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Location: Butters Gallery