Midnight Sun Visiting Writers
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge and Richard Tuttle joint lecture and reception
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, most recently I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (University of California Press, 2006) and Concordance (Kelsey St. Press, 2006), a collaboration with the sculptor Kiki Smith. Her other collections include Nest (2003); The Four Year Old Girl (1998); Endocrinology (1997), a collaboration with Kiki Smith; Sphericity (1993); Empathy (1989); and The Heat Bird (1983). Characteristic of her style is a lush mix of abstract language, collaged images, cultural and political investigation, and unexpected shifts between the meditative and the particular. Berssenbrugge is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two American Book Awards, and honors from the Asian Ameridcan Writers Workshop the the Western States Art Foundation. She has been a contributing editor of Conjunctions Magazine since 1978 and has taught at Brown University. She lives in New Mexico and New York City with her hu8sband, the sculptor Richard Tuttle, and their daughter.
Richard Tuttle is one of the most significant artists working today. Since the mid-1960s, he has created an extraordinarily varied body of work that eludes historical or stylistic categorization. Tuttle's work exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry, assemblage, and drawing. He draws beauty of humble materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in his poetic works. Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relations ship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist, who maintains an acute awareness for the viewer's aesthetic experience. Tuttle was the Artist-In-Residence at the Getty Research Institute from September 2012-June 2013. The artist lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine, New Mexico and New York City.