Marcia Wood Gallery is pleased to host:
Kim Anno presents
The Albertine Workout
a collaboration between artist Kim Anno and poet Anne Carson
October 29, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Kim Anno will present the beautifully produced artist book created in collaboration with the poet Anne Carson. Anno’s haunting photogravure images illustrate the book The Albertine Workout by author Anne Carson. This is the second collaboration by Anno and Carson. In 2003 they published The Mirror of Simple Souls. The Albertine Workout was published by One Crow Press at the College of Saint Benedict, is an edition of forty, with sixteen images, forty-one pages of text, in a hand-made clamshell case.
Anne Carson is one of the most celebrated poets and translators in the English-speaking world. Her most recent book, RedDoc>, follows the acclaimed The Autobiography of Red. Carson has received Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, the T.S. Eliot Prize, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize, among others.
Kim Anno is a noted painter, printmaker, photographer and film maker based in Berkely, CA where she is a professor of painting at the California College of the Arts and is represented in Atlanta by Marcia Wood Gallery. Anno is also passionately devoted to expanding the function of art in society. In July 2012 she had a solo exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg. Also in July 2012, her video work was screened at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, as well as in Cape Town, SA in Letters from the Sky. In Fall 2011, she screened her video Men and Women in Water Cities, Chapter 1 on a monumental scale – 67’x15’, in Flux Projects, Atlanta, as well as showed her photography in Don’t Panic Bartel Trust Centre Gallery in Durban, South Africa. In 2012 she was awarded an Open Circle Foundation Fellowship supporting Men and Women in Water Cities, Chapter 3. In 2010 her video was presented at the 2010 Site Santa Fe Biennale’s One Night Stand Video screening, The Berkeley Art Center, the Bedford Gallery, and Launch pad Brooklyn in New York.
The Albertine Work Out
“It is always tricky, the question whether to read an author’s work in light of his life or not.”
The Albertine Workout is collaboration between artist Kim Anno and author Anne Carson. The book combines text and images exploring the life and times of Proust’s character Albertine, the unique and unforgettable “captive” from Book V of Remembrances of Things Past. Albertine may or may not have been based on a real person in Proust’s life, his erstwhile chauffeur, Alfred Agostinelli. There is a deep, sweet pathos in the unknowable relation between these two beloveds, with Proust in between.
Kim Anno swore on “pain of death” not to illustrate the text. There is a page of the image of a torn tweed suit, a fire red velvet diagonal fold, some green plant fronds, two portraits, and a series of folds, wrinkles and cuts in what appear to be pages of a book. One is never sure if the cuts are fragmented or the whole.