SIGLIO and Spoonbill & Sugartown Books are pleased to present
A Reading + Franck AndrÉ Jamme in Conversation with Jen Bervin
Please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday October 16
Franck André Jamme makes his first U.S. trip since the release of Tantra Song last fall and two beloved accompaying exhibitions — the first at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the other, earlier this year, at Feature, Inc. It could be a cult classic: the debut edition of Siglio Press’s Tantra Song—one of the only books to survey the elusive tradition of abstract Tantric painting from Rajasthan, India—sold out in a swift six weeks. The works depict deities as geometric, vividly hued shapes and mark a clear departure from Tantric art’s better-known figurative styles. They also resonate uncannily with lineages of twentieth-century art—from the Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism to Minimalism—as well as with much painting today. Rarely have the ancient and the modern come together so fluidly.
– Lauren O’Neill-Butler, THE PARIS REVIEW DAILY
FRANCK ANDRÉ JAMME is one of France’s leading contemporary poets and the author of more than a dozen books. His publications in English (translated by John Ashbery, Charles Borkhuis, David Kelley, Norma Cole, and Michael Tweed) include New Exercises (Wave Books), Another Silent Attack, The Recitation of Forgetting, Extracts from the Life of a Beetle (Black Square Editions), and Moon Wood (Sélavy Press). Described by Henri Michaux as “a writer of rare quality,” Jamme has collaborated with a number of artists including Phillippe Favier, Suzan Frecon, Acharya Vyakul, and Hans Schimansky, and translated the works of John Ashbery and Lokenath Bhattacharya. He also edited René Char’s complete works in La
Pléiade. A specialist in art brut, Tantric and tribal arts of India, he has curated and contributed to exhibitions at The Drawing Center and Feature Inc. Gallery in New York City, the CCA Gallery in San Francisco, and Fondation Cartier Paris, Galerie du Jour/Agnés B., and Beaux-Arts de Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
JEN BERVIN brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books and large-scale art works. The author of four books, she also exhibits widely, and her work is in numerous collections.