Call + Response IV, is an art show that pairs writers and artists. I was honored to be chosen as one of sixteen writers in the show's fourth year.
'Space Bunny' painting by Benjamin Claassen III in response to my piece of writing!
Co-curators: Dillon Babington, Kira Wisenieski & Mike O’Brien
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CALL + RESPONSE is an (almost) annual art show in the nation's capital that brings writers and visual artists together to create and showcase joint, original works. For the first three iterations of the show, the writers called, and the visual artists responded.
In 2014, we've switched it up a bit.
For this year’s show the Philadelphia band Restorations created a single long-form instrumental track, which we sent to sixteen acclaimed, emerging and award-winning poets, fiction writers, journalists, and essayists largely based in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area.
The writers wrote short, reactive pieces, none over one-thousand words, all in unique, original conversation with Restorations and their music. (View all of the writing for Call + Response IV HERE.)
Each written response went to one of sixteen acclaimed, emerging and award-winning visual artists who entered the conversation, too: not just with the written work, but with the music as well.
At CALL + RESPONSE IV’s opening on October 11, 2014 at Hole in the Sky in northeast D.C. Restorations performed and each piece of writing was displayed with their visual response. There was a 7inch of the music packaged with all the writing from the show.