Kunstverein München

Richard Tuttle

06 Oct - 25 Nov 2012

Richard Tuttle, Hello The Roses 9, 2011 - 2012
6 October 2012 – 25 November 2012

Having often worked with poets in the past, American artist Richard Tuttle has developed his first show in Munich since 1973 in partnership with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, from whose poem Hello, The Roses the exhibition takes its title.

Tuttle has produced 26 pieces especially for the spaces of Kunstverein München. In a manner pre-determined between artist and poet, the work was first revealed to Berssenbrugge once both were present in Munich. Furthermore, poetry is key to the presentation of this exhibition as Tuttle installed his pieces in response to Berssenbrugge reading aloud a series of four poems about communicating with plants.

By sharing one another’s creations in this way, Tuttle and Berssenbrugge use the form of the exhibition as a site for actualisation. Their dual presence is symbolic of the processes of writing and art making that each employ in their individual work. Together they treat ‘Hello, The Roses’ as a spiritual space; a synthesis of visual art and poetry through the ‘merging’ of object, language and space.

Tuttle carefully assembles everyday materials, which ordinarily operate on the periphery of traditional aesthetic forms. Compared with the poetic, his artworks similarly find a site through their own construction - they represent their presence in space in a similar way to how poetry represents its presence through language.

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