SONNET(S) & OTHER SONNET(S)
Ulises Carrión, Michalis Pichler,
November 3 - December 3, 2013
The show at PrintRoom, Rotterdam sees the realization of "TEN OHP SONNETS"with the use of ten Overhead-Projectors as well as one out of "SEVEN ADVERTISED SONNETS", published in the Utrecht-based magazine Metropolis M. This series in progress will either remain unfinished or will have been concluded once seven advertisements have been published, six of them by other galleries.
Born in the Mexican town of San Andrés Tuxtla in 1941, Carrión originally had his eyes set on a literary career – his book of short stories with the intriguing title La Muerte de Miss O was published in Mexico in 1966 — but after graduate studies in England, he ended up in Amsterdam where he devoted what remained of his abbreviated life (he died in 1989, from AIDS) to artist’s books (as a maker, seller, archivist and theorist), performance art, mail art, video and film. Carrión is a still elusive figure whom poet Mónica de la Torre recently described in Bomb Magazine as “perhaps Mexico’s most important conceptual artist.”
Publications (selection): For Fans and Scholars Alike, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, 1987, In Alphabetical Order, Cres/Agora Studio, Amsterdam/ Maastricht , 1979, Arguments, Beau Geste Press, Devon, 1973, Looking For Poetry/ Tras la Poesía, Beau Geste Press, Devon, 1973, Tell me what sort of wallpaper your room has and I will tell you who you are, In-Out Productions, Amsterdam, 1973, SONNET(S), In-Out Productions, Amsterdam, 1972
Louis Lüthi is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer and writer. In his fictional story Infant A he follows Ulises Carrión as he walks on the High Line in Chelsea, discussing two books simply titled A. Infant A is published by Paraguay Press, as part of their serie The Social Life of the Book.
Gerrit Jan de Rook is an art historian and freelance exhibition maker, The Hague. You can read his article for Metropolis M on Ulises Carrión here.
Gerrit Jan de Rook presents in a performative way Carrión’s book ‘Tell Me what Sort of Wall Paper Your Room Has and I Will Tell You who You are’.