Opening Friday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., and on view through January 6, poet and multimedia artist Gerd Stern's show at New York University’s Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews, New York N.Y.) will feature works from the past five years. The exhibition features "Into The Mind Fire,” a silk-screened portfolio of a dozen of Stern's framed poems, each of them with specifically themed brushwork and handwritings by Berlin artist Thea Herold. The printing is by Martin Samuel of Siebdruck, a well-known Berliner artists’ facility, on 270 gram Buettenpappier Alt Meisen. The poems have words in both English and German. A second group of poetry collaged Carneval masks done during an artist residence in Berlin, adds Italian to the wordplay. Also shown is a sandblasted glass version of two of Stern's mantras, including "Take The No Out of Now.”
Gerd Stern, now in his 80s, has had a number of books of poetry published as well as an oral history published by the University of California, Berkeley. As a founder of the 1960’s collaborative group USCO, his own and USCO's works have been shown and performed all over the United States and abroad. During the past few years, exhibitions include pieces as part of the "Summer of Love" at the Tate Liverpool, Vienna Kunsthalle, Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as "Trace du Sacre" at Paris' Centre Pompidou.
Thea Herold is an artist and journalist living in Berlin. Her handwritings and brushwork have been exhibited in many German cities and include photographs of her sandwritings from the Bedouin Sahara, transcriptions of Irish public speech and of sleep study subjects at Berlin's Charite hospital.
During the show's opening Stern will read from his poem collaged masks.
For more information please contact Daniela Leder at Daniela.Leder@NYU.edu .