Riet Wijnen – Conversation Six: Double-Lines

    Tue, Sep 17, 2019, 7–9pm

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    Riet Wijnen’s Conversation Six: Double-Lines is a fictional dialogue centered around British Constructivist Marlow Moss (1889—1958) and Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting Grace Crowley (1890—1979), featuring a third character, Pauline Oliveros (1932—2016), the American experimental composer, pioneer of electronic music, and humanitarian.

    Moss and Crowley speak in short monologues about important personal and professional relationships they have maintained throughout their lives. The conversation is divided into subsections with titles such as “Lovers,” “Mentor,” “Sibling,” “Commercial Gallery,” “Male Companion,” and “Gender”. They not only tell their own life stories through these monologues, but after some time the monologues start to speak to each other as well, as similarities between the two lives become clear: the journals Moss and Crowley both contributed to, the places and schools they visited, but also their unconventional feminist perspectives on the world, and their struggles with their middle class families and the art world.

    Oliveros provides two compositions from the series Sonic Meditations, which she once called “recipes for listening,” developed at the time the women’s liberation movement was emerging. These compositions function within the fictional conversation as structural memos on the notion of listening within the practice of speaking.

    Focusing on the lives of key female figures, Conversation Six: Double-Lines antagonizes how abstraction as an art movement, starting in the 1920s, is canonized in western art history. Conversation Six: Double-Lines, is part of Wijnen’s larger Sixteen Conversations on Abstraction, a cycle of text-based and sculptural works initiated in 2015.

    SculptureCenter’s presentation of Conversation Six: Double-Lines will be read by Riet Wijnen and Rindon Johnson, both included in Searching the Sky for Rain.

    This program is free and open to the public but RSVP is required.