Intertexture: Weave and Word
Leah Frankel and Iris Cushing

Dec 20, 2020–February 7, 2021
On view day and night at Bushel: Response Space

Related book: Before the beginning, picture the end

BUSHEL is very pleased to be mounting the collaborative exhibition Intertexture: Weave and Word as the first exhibition in our new street-view gallery, Response Space. 

Approaching a window on a bustling street, coming close, peering through a portal into a space where meaning shifts between shape and language: with Intertexture: Weave and World, artist Leah Frankel and poet Iris Cushing use handmade weaving, projected animations, written text and two-dimensional elements to create a space where shapes come unmoored from their expected associations. Metaphors for growth and transformation (nebulas, geologic time, cell proliferation) emerge in woven and written forms, inviting the viewer/reader to depart, even momentarily, from the hustle of human activity.

Intertexture: Weave and Word is accompanied by Before the Beginning, Picture the End, a handmade, limited-edition collaborative zine available through Bushel Editions, featuring the work of the artist and poet. Copies of Before the Beginning, Picture the End are available to purchase on the Bushel Editions page of this site.

Sunday, December 20, 1:00-2:00pm: Sidewalk Viewing & Book Signing
View video documentation of this event in our archive.

Saturday, January 2, 4:00-4:30pm: Sidewalk Poetry Reading & Reception

Leah Frankel is a visual artist whose work deals with the relationship of human existence to its remarkable environment. Using site as impetus, Frankel’s installations employ ordinary objects to draw attention to our earth’s gravity, the passing of time, or the flatness of the horizon. Frankel’s site specific projects include Colony of Earthcubes at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., a relief rendering of the Wissahickon Watershed made from reclaimed building materials at Germantown Academy, in Fort Washington, PA, and a series of installations in, around, and in response to a backyard shed in Columbus, Ohio. She also enjoys collaborating with choreographers and writers on new projects. Frankel was a fellow at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. and received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2015. She completed her MFA at The Ohio State University in 2014 and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

Iris Cushing
Poet, scholar, educator, editor, mother, and friend. Poems and critical writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, Fence, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. Most recently the author of The First Books of David Henderson and Mary Korte: A Research (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020). A doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, currently at work on a biographical dissertation about Korte and Diane di Prima. Born in 1983 in Tarzana, California. Grew up in Yolo County, California. Now living in the Western Catskill Mountains.

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