Bio & Contact

George Quasha

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Artist, poet, and musician working across mediums to explore principles in common within language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, and performance. Solo exhibitions of axial stones and axial drawings include the Baumgartner Gallery in New York (Chelsea), the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. This work is featured in the published book, Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance, Foreword by Carter Ratcliff (North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, 2006).

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In 2006 awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in video art.

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Video installation & single-channel work art is (Speaking Portraits) records over 800 artists, poets, and composers (in 11 countries and 21 languages) saying what in their view art is. This ongoing work (art is/music is/poetry is) has been exhibited at the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame), at White Box in Chelsea, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum (SUNY New Paltz), and in several other countries (including France and India), and has been featured in several biennials (Wroclaw, Poland; Geneva, Switzerland; Kingston, New York). Further extensions of this work in speaking portraiture include myth is and peace is.

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Other work in axial video (including “Pulp Friction,” “Axial Objects,” “Verbal Objects,” “Axial Landscapes”) has appeared internationally in museums, galleries, schools, and biennials. A 30-year performance collaboration (video/language/sound) continues with Gary Hill and Charles Stein.

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A new work in poetry (first of six volumes of preverbs), Verbal Paradise (preverbs), from Zasterle Press (La Laguna, Spain: 2011) (distrib. in US by SPD, Berkeley, California)

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A new book in art writing, An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings, Foreword by Lynne Cooke, Ediciones Poligrafa (Barcelona), also in collaboration with Charles Stein (distrib. D.A.P. in US).

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14 other books include poetry (Somapoetics, Giving the Lily Back Her Hands, Ainu Dreams [with Chie Hasegawa]); anthologies (America a Prophecy [with Jerome Rothenberg], Open Poetry [with Ronald Gross], An Active Anthology [with Susan Quasha], The Station Hill Blanchot Reader [with Charles Stein]); and writing on art (Gary Hill: Language Willing; with Charles Stein: Tall Ships, HanD HearD/liminal objects, Viewer).

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Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. Taught at Stony Brook University (SUNY), Bard College, New School University (Graduate Anthropology Department), and Naropa University. With Susan Quasha, founder/publisher of Station Hill Press of Barrytown (New York).

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CONTACT: gquasha [at] stationhill.org

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See also www.baumgartnergallery.net, www.stationhill.org.

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