november, 2017

1nov - 13janAll DayPre-Versefeaturing June Culp, Joshua Bienko, and Delphine Hennelly in conversation with Grace Hartigan


Event Details

Pre-Verse St. Charles

Opening Nov. 4th 6-8pm
On view through from Nov.1-Jan. 13

St. Charles is pleased to present Pre-Verse featuring June Culp, Joshua Bienko, and Delphine Hennelly in conversation with Grace Hartigan. While curating a show of contemporary figurative painters, the historic and nostalgic relationship between painting and poetry became a guiding line of inquiry.

By first placing thoughts into painting and then retroactively seeking matching literary devices, this group is painting prior to words, previous to an identified source, or pre-verse. Pre-verse also puns on perverse as in showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences. This may mean acting before thinking or thinking through the act of painting allowing unknown outcomes. Arguably this action was also a driving force for the Ab Ex generation of painters Grace represents.

Each artist has been asked to present external forms of influence on their studio practice along with recent works to answer our line of inquiry. What relationships exist between painting and poetry in a contemporary figurative painting practice? If not poetry then what other secondary forms of influence can be identified? By comparing ekphrastic materials St. Charles hopes to show a need for multiple layers of processing, sharing and celebrating a painters’ spirit in the studio.

Throughout the run of this exhibition poets will be asked to visit and react to the paintings. If these paintings were made pre-verse then poems generated during the exhibition are post- painting.

St. Charles 2701 N. Charles St. Baltimore,


November 1 (Wednesday) - January 13 (Saturday)


St. Charles Projects

2701 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD