Art Meets Literature

posted by Bridget on 23 August 2013

It has been said that conceptual art is illustrated thinking, but what is art that is illustrated literature?

The Francis Kyle Gallery in London has been inventive for its summer show. A diverse and arguably eclectic group of artists, photographers and sculptors have been pulled together under the banner of responding to James Joyce and his work.

Commissions are always difficult for artists, who like to have free reign with their imagination and creative impulses. So the idea of commissioning 20 artists to produce artwork motivated or inspired by Joyce's words would seem to me to be a big ask and in danger of being too literal in its execution.

Written and visual languages are not the same and act upon our sensibilities in different ways, providing us with varied entry points into ideas, emotions, pleasure. This is the richness of culture.

So rather than such a direct relationship between Joyce's literature and an artistic expression of it, what might have been more interesting would have been to show work that had a similar conceit to Joyce; an exploration and use of visual language that resulted in a new way of looking and thinking in the same way Joyce affected how we read fiction.

michael marten

Michael Marten: A very short space of time through very short times of space

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  • I've always believed that art and literature are siblings always bonded together. An artwork always has a story to tell, whereas books are made through crafty minds. By the way, I hope to see The Francis Kyle Gallery when I go to London by the end of this year.
  • I've always believed that art and literature are siblings always bonded together. An artwork always has a story to tell, whereas books are made through crafty minds. By the way, I hope to see The Francis Kyle Gallery when I go to London by the end of this year.

    Thanks,

    Eralides E Cabrera\

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