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photo by Kat Goduco



Phillip Buntin: thinking out loud 

{Poem88} will be offering a series of public events during the course of Phillip Buntin's artist residency here August 3- 13.
Music and dance performances, a film screening, a lecture on physics and conversations around areas of continued interest for Buntin are on tap. Chiefly, these are mindfulness, hermeneutics, complexity and the relationship that art has to all three.

Buntin says about his work:
"In my current body of work, I have sought to create an uneasy equilibrium between fragments and their conjoining into elusive wholes. This is done to create a perceptual experience and language that metaphorically expresses our limitations and inclinations when approaching complex phenomena. The language of the work is diagrammatic and alludes to rationalistic approaches of understanding. The sources for my figures/diagrams are borrowed, manipulated, inspired by diagrams from various scientific disciplines. When using them in the paintings, the diagrams are combined to augment, obfuscate, or contradict one another, yet still strive to hang together. This relationship between competing fragments and elusive wholes reveals as a metaphorical and perceptual analog the longing to make our partial understandings in life into systemic or narrative wholes. An important linchpin of the work is the inability to easily “close off the circle” or to see the fragments as a related whole. This aspect of the paintings allows us to directly understand in a visual experience that our interpretations and understandings of complex phenomena are illuminating yet incomplete, and as such, are always open to reevaluation." 

Friday, August 5, 8pm
film screening: "The Seventh Continent" (1989) by director Michael Haneke.

Haneke's first feature film portrays the true story of an Austrian family and their uneasiness with modern life. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, writes "The Seventh Continent is a calm chronical of hell...how commonplace people can erupt into despair and violence. Beautifully controlled, liberatingly intelligent... it establishes Haneke as one of the more remarkable young contempory filmmakers. The climatic half hour of this film ranks among the mosy truly terrifying in the modern cinema." suggested donation, $2.

Sunday 7 August 6pm
DAVID FINKELSTEIN study group and potluck dinner
Harry Potter and the Lively Quantum: Georgia Tech Professor of Physics, David Fineklstein, will present thoughts on classical and quantum physics. Very Limited Space. Please email robin@poem88.net for more information.

Wednesday, August 10, 7 pm
CONVERSATION: Interpretation, Mindfulness and Creativity
Phillip Buntin, artist-in-residence,  Ass. Prof. from Kent State University in Ohio, will lead the discussion.

Other discussants:
Robert Cheatham of Public Domain
Jon Ciliberto, Buddhist Art News
Julia Kjelgaard, lecturer at Emory University, Visual Studies, Michael Elliston, Roshi,  Atlanta Soto Zen Center
The conversation, open to the public for participation, is on the intersection of these ideas. Free.

Buntin says about his work:
"In my current body of work, I have sought to create an uneasy equilibrium between fragments and their conjoining into elusive wholes. This is done to create a perceptual experience and language that metaphorically expresses our limitations and inclinations when approaching complex phenomena. The language of the work is diagrammatic and alludes to rationalistic approaches of understanding. The sources for my figures/diagrams are borrowed, manipulated, inspired by diagrams from various scientific disciplines. When using them in the paintings, the diagrams are combined to augment, obfuscate, or contradict one another, yet still strive to hang together. This relationship between competing fragments and elusive wholes reveals as a metaphorical and perceptual analog the longing to make our partial understandings in life into systemic or narrative wholes. An important linchpin of the work is the inability to easily “close off the circle” or to see the fragments as a related whole. This aspect of the paintings allows us to directly understand in a visual experience that our interpretations and understandings of complex phenomena are illuminating yet incomplete, and as such, are always open to reevaluation."

Friday, August 12, 8 pm

"Transmography" Performance by Brooks Emanuel Dance Company
“Transmography” is inspired by Phillip Buntin’s work and the idea of the impossibility of true repetition and the change inherent in attempted repetition. The piece explores the patterns created through repetition of one movement phrase over time, across bodies, and through interaction and interruption. Other dancers in the piece are Jessica Gaines, Aasim Hudson, Chris McCord, Rachael Rinehart, Said Rios, and Lane Salter.

Performances at 8:00 and 9:00 pm. followed by a dj’d dance party!
suggested donation, $5

Saturday 13 August, 8pm
ZAC DENTON + 1: John Coltrane, Bill Evans and some original compositions by Zac...... jazz for keyboard and bass... suggested donation, $5.

All Events: free parking available in the White Provision parking deck.

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