As if nothing (for Bashō)

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August 18, 2017 all-day
Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN 55431

As if nothing

Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume

August 18 – September 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.

“Physicists tell us that light is both a particle and a wave, a kind of noun and verb simultaneously, like us. And, like us, light is fleeting and durable, intricate and enigmatic. The circumference of light eclipses our capacity to comprehend light’s complexity, and mirrors my desire to know its fullness, yet without the satisfaction of ever finally knowing. That perpetual fissure in knowledge is one of the many fulcrums with light that keeps me researching it.” – Charles Matson Lume
In this site-specific art installation artist Charles Lume will take the Inez Greenberg Gallery and create an environment that explores the complexity of light while also reflecting on the inspiration he’s pulled from a poem by Matsuo Bashō (1644-94). Bashō was the Japanese poet who moved haiku poetry from a parlor game into an art form. Haiku as a form always addresses the seasons and Lume hopes to mirror this attribute in his installation, as well as using the compression of language, or form, as a vehicle for communication. Also inspired by Bashō’s haiku will be the focus on the common or the ordinary, and transforming it into the extraordinary.

Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist whose art engages in the pas de deux of light and materials. His installations have been exhibited at institutions such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, Ireland), Babel Kunst (Trondheim, Norway), Hunter College, (NYC), and the Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN). He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles has participated in international artist residencies in Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Ireland. Charles lives in Saint Paul, MN, and his art can be found online at the White Columns Artist Registry (NYC).

Inez Greenberg Gallery Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. 

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