In this illustrated talk, the artist Isao Miura will discuss Sketches from the Poem Road, the upcoming exhibition at Oxford Brookes University which explores Miura’s deepest feelings about the landscapes of north Japan using paper, tatami, calligraphy, oil and ink drawings, and bronze. First shown at the Poetry Society in London, the exhibition is the result of a creative collaboration between Isao Miura and poet Chris Beckett. In it, the poet and artist undertake an interpretative journey in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho and his 1689 trip which resulted in The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Joining them on this leg of the journey is Nathalie Aubert, who will speak about her work on the Surrealist Belgian poet and painter, Christian Dotremont. Just as Miura fashions works of art based upon Basho’s poetry and prose, so Dotremont creates at the interface of text and image in his ‘logogrammes’, which are intended to be simultaneously visual and verbal expressions.
See the exhibition at Oxford Brookes’ Glass Tank gallery from 20 June to 15 July 2016.