Poetry is very important to Merlin James and for his exhibition at A-M-G5 a new poem was commissioned from Harry Gilonis, a version of a riverine verse by T’ang Dynasty poet Yu Hsüan-chi. At the start of River Dissolve Gilonis read a selection from his translations of Chinese poems. He was then joined by David Hopkins and Merlin James for a discussion about writing, painting, translation and metaphor; the idea of the lyric, and lyricism; the riverine as genre and a connection to notions of parting, crossing, passing on. The discussion was chaired by Andrew Mummery.
Harry Gilonis is a poet, editor, publisher, and critic writing on art, poetry, and music. His latest collection of poetry, Rough Breathing, published by Carcanet, is out now.
David Hopkins is an art historian. His latest book, After Modern Art, published by Oxford University Press, is out now.
River Dissolve took place in front of Merlin James’s painting Dredge and was recorded. Transcripts of parts of the discussion and an audio of Gilonis’s poetry reading will be available on this site soon.