May 29, 2020
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The TSL Book Space presents:
Memory Book Launch & Reading with Bernadette Mayer
with a special performance by Sky Furrows
Friday, May 29, 2020 – Supper at 6:15pm followed by Reading & Performance at 7:00pm
Free Admission to the Reading
Copies of Memory and additional works by Bernadette Mayer to be available for sale at the TSL Book Space
Supper: Menu TBA (pay at door $10 members / $12.50 general). To make sure we have adequate servings, please RSVP for supper at 518-822-8100 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Memory (Siglio Press, May 2020): In July 1971, Bernadette Mayer embarked on an experiment: For one month she exposed a roll of 35mm film and kept a daily journal. The result was a conceptual work that investigates the nature of memory, its surfaces, textures and material. Memory is both monumental in scope (over 1100 photographs, two hundred pages of text and six hours of audio recording) and a groundbreaking work by a poet who is widely regarded as one of the most innovative writers of her generation. Presaging Mayer’s durational and constraint-based diaristic works of poetry, it also evinces her extraordinary – and unheralded – contribution to conceptual art.
Mayer has called Memory “an emotional science project,” but it is far from confessional. Rather, this boldly experimental record follows the poet’s eye as she traverses early morning into night, as quotidian minutiae metamorphose into the lyrical, as her stream of consciousness becomes incantatory. The space of memory in Mayer’s work is hyper-precise but also evanescent and expansive. In both text and image, Mayer constructs the mercurial, fleeting consciousness of the present moment from which memory is – as she says – “always there, to be entered, like the world of dreams or an ongoing TV show.”
This publication brings together the full sequence of images and text for the first time in book form, making space for a work that has been legendary but mostly invisible. Originally exhibited in 1972 by pioneering gallerist Holly Solomon, it was not shown again in its entirety until 2016. The text was published without the photographs in 1975 and has been long out of print.
BERNADETTE MAYER is the author of over thirty books including the acclaimed Midwinter Day (1982), a book-length poem written during a single day in Lenox, Massachusetts, as well as The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), and most recently Work and Days (2016) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Associated with the New York School as well as the Language poets, Mayer has also been an influential teacher and editor. In the art world, she is best known for her collaboration with Vito Acconci as editors of the influential mimeographed magazine 0 TO 9.
SKY FURROWS is guitarist Mike Griffin, bassist Eric Hardiman, drummer Phil Donnelly, and vocalist Karen Schoemer. Griffin, Hardiman, and Donnelly are veterans of the Albany noise/psych scene, performing in Burnt Hills, Parashi, Rambutan, and many other outfits. Schoemer is a poet whose lyrics have been described as “Patti Smith without the piety.” The band has opened for Wussy, Garcia Peoples, and Matt Valentine, among others. Timesboredom.com described them as “a f—ing powerhouse of psychedelic noise jams fronted by a poetess that owns whatever club they’re playing.” Sky Furrows’ debut album is due for release later this year. Listen to “Alyosha” on Bandcamp at skyfurrows.bandcamp.com.