Poetry Café Exhibitions

Throughout the year, a lively programme of art exhibitions inspired by poetry and literature

CURRENT EXHIBITION
If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women, 6 Oct - 29 Nov

Monoprints by Mark Andrew Webber inspired by poems by Jacqueline Saphra

Mark Andrew Webber’s monoprints are his response to If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women, a pamphlet of prose poems by Jacqueline Saphra, published by Emma Press.

Webber’s prints, displayed alongside lines from one of the prose poems, are all inspired by moments in the poems, from the crafty stepmother showboating at parties (Naked 12) to the paint-snob stepfather (Naked 24). The striking silhouettes and brightly-coloured shapes complement the vivid, eerie atmosphere of Saphra’s poems, a watchful child’s perspective on the eccentric comings and goings of parents and step-parents.

To purchase any of the images in the exhibition, email the artist at: markawebber AT gmail.com

A launch of the book If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women (Emma Press, 2014) with a reading by Jacqueline Saphra, will be held at the Poetry Café, London, on Monday 24 November 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Image: Naked 9 2014 by Mark Andrew Webber. Monoprint.

NOW TOURING Digressions

An exhibition by Philippa Troutman, in a joint project with Ian Duhig

‘Digressions’, shown at the Poetry Café, London, 1 Sep - 4 Nov, is a collection of Philippa Troutman’s paintings, prints and cut-ups, in a joint project with award-winning poet Ian Duhig, celebrating Laurence Sterne’s masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

2013 was the tercentenary of the birth of Laurence Sterne, the celebrated author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Published in nine volumes between 1759 and 1767, Tristram Shandy remains one of the greatest and most influential of all comic novels in the English language. 

The exhibition transferred to the site of its geographical inspiration, Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York YO61 4AD, where it is on show 11 Oct - 1 Nov 2014.

The book of artwork, poetry and prose, also called Digressions and published by Smokestack to coincide with the exhibition, will also be on sale. 

A launch of the book Digressions, with a reading from Ian Duhig, was held at the Poetry Café, London, on Thursday 18 September 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Image: The Word Minotaur 2014 by Philippa Troutman. Screenprint & collage. From Digressions

 

 

 

 

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