Unlikely 2.0

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Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Solar Lunar Serenades for flute, harp, piano, and eye
by Tina Seligman

Solar and lunar cycles profoundly connect all people, transcending time, geography and economic status. My ongoing mixed media series of "Etudes" studies relationships between the movements of the sun, moon, tides, earth and our bodies. From the visual patterning, I transcribe music, which has been performed and recorded for the project by flutist, Jo Brand. Her interpretation invites a sensory awareness of the rhythmic effects on our movements and breaths. My interest in the moon began with a Japanese Moon Haiku project (translations by Joan Digby) for which I was invited to create black and white moon monotypes.

Studying relationships between the movements of the sun, moon, tides, earth and our bodies, I charted sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, as well as high and low tides for each season of 2010. Time ascends for AM and descends for PM in a mirror image — noon and midnight meet each other in the center.

After measuring concert harp strings, I transcribed the lengths of the vertical lines into harp music, with tide/moon phases and positions for flute, and suns for piano. The collaged images include monotypes made with block printing ink on metal leaf Chinese paper joss.

Special thanks to flutist, Jo Brand, for her inspiring, wildly creative interpretation of the music, to artist/photographer, Amy Burchenal, for the use of her concert harp and all of her support for the project, and to Lou Gimenez for his recording magic at The Music Lab.

Solar-Lunar Serenade, along with September Etude 2009-2012 and September Etudes 2, was exhibited as part of "Radial Patterning" with Kira Greene, Jamie Lee, Serena Buschi and April Vollmer at Cheryl McGinnis Gallery.

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Through different projects, I have been studying the relationships between music, visual art, and the rhythms of organic cycles—universal languages that connect us, transcending geography and time. While certain pieces visually examine musical structures and cultural traditions, others have been transcribed from music, or have had music transcribed from the images.

My interest in exploring interdisciplinary connections, musical form, and multiple levels of patterning was first stirred by reading Douglas R. Hofstadte's book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Inspired also by Zen Buddhist haiku and ink drawings that capture the essence of nature, I have included a gallery of my haiku as well as poetry collaborations with other artists' work.

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