Big Bronze Statues
A project by Cyriaco Lopes with the collaboration of poet Terri Witek
If you find a forgotten letter in the garden, take it. It is yours. It was written for you.
Everyday I will send a letter to the garden, which will be left in an inconspicuous place. The community will be free to open, read, and take them home. Otherwise they will just perish with the elements. It is an ephemeral, almost invisible piece.
Each letter will be signed by a famous historical or fictional gay person. Some will be actual quotations (Michelangelo, Sappho, Shakespeare poems), others will be imagined (Alexander the Great, Alice Toklas, Socrates). Some will contain drawings, photographs, and some will be written by poet Terri Witek.
An anachronistic way of communication to voice repressed history and longing: a monument, a memorial, a gift, a bridge between the anonymity of the urban experience and the intimacy of a love letter.
Click here for some images of the project:
In the past few years Lopes’ work has been seen in the United States at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, at El Museo del Barrio, ApexArt and the America’s Society in New York, at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis, among other venues. In the same period his work was also seen in France, Germany, Poland, Chile and Portugal. In his native Brazil the artist has shown at the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art of Salvador, and the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), among other institutions. His work was curated into exhibitions by artists such as Janine Antoni, Luciano Fabro, Ryan Trecartin and Lygia Pape, as well as by curators such as Paulo Herkenhoff. Lopes was the winner of the Worldstudio AIGA and RTKL awards, the Contemporary Art Museum Project award (Saint Louis), the Stetson/Hand Award, and the Prêmio Phillips of trip to Paris.
U.S. Poet Terri Witek’s publications include The Shipwreck Dress (Orchises Press, 2008—Florida Book Award Winner) Carnal World (Story Line Press, 2006), Fools and Crows (Orchises Press, 2003), Courting Couples (Winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest) and Robert Lowell and LIFE STUDIES: Revising the Self (University of Missouri Press, 1993). A recipient of fellowships from the Hawthorndon International Writers’ Institute, the MacDowell Colony, and the state of Florida, she holds the Art and Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing and directs the Sullivan Creative Writing Program at Stetson University.
The collaborations of the artist and the poet will be reunited for the fist time in the exhibition “but here all dreams equal distance” at the Faulconer Gallery in 2010.
Film & Exhibition support from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Additional support, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.