Virtual Exhibition Event: Return to the Field, Martha Tuttle and Philip Matthews
6:00pm — 7:00pm
Outlooks artist Martha Tuttle and poet Gabriel Kruis invite you to the first evening of a series of meditations, readings, and poetry inspired by Tuttle’s site-specific installation, A stone that thinks of Enceladus.
This program is part of Wanderings & Wondering, which invites artists to share new and imaginative perspectives on Storm King.
Philip Matthews is the author of Witch (Alice James Books, 2020) and Wig Heavier Than a Boot (Kris Graves Projects, 2019), a collaboration with photographer David Johnson. A poet from eastern North Carolina, he currently resides in rural Sauk County, Wisconsin where he is Director of Programs at Wormfarm Institute. Up to this point, his practice has been anchored by site-specific meditation and performance: he is curious about what happens next.
Martha Tuttle, a multidisciplinary artist born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has shown her work throughout the U.S. and abroad. Natural materials of wool, silk, and dye are worked by hand, each resulting piece having undergone an immaterial transfer of energy through Tuttle’s physical and meditative touch. The artist’s relationship to materiality is revealed further by the inclusion of small “stones,” both actual and cast polished metal, and of fabricated steel weights. These elements add another layer of visual incident and mark-making, to further open a dialogue of possibility and substance, light and weight. Overall, the unification of immaterial energy with material form results in constructed canvases and loosely hanging paintings that vibrate with a felt, unseen force.
Gabriel Kruis is a poet and educator living and writing in Brooklyn. He is cofounder and Development Director of Wendy’s Subway Reading Room and his work has been published in A Perfect Vacuum, PEN America Poetry Series, OmniVerse, The Brooklyn Rail, Atlas Review, Frontier Poetry, among others. He holds an MFA from Hunter College, was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center 2018-19, and his debut collection of poems, Acid Virga, is forthcoming in the fall from Archway Editions.
Outlooks: Martha Tuttle is made possible by generous lead support from the Ohnell Charitable Lead Trust. Support is also provided by Roberta and Steven Denning. Artist Talks are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.