Investigating Art and the Evocation of Ekphrastic Poetry
Lori Roper guides a writing workshop in conversation with the artwork of Amanda Thackray: May 22 @ 6pm
Free and open to everyone! Zoom link provided after registration.
Playwright, screenwriter, essayist, poet, teaching artist and producer Lori Roper will lead viewers live through the process of creating ekphrastic prose. Ekphrastic compositions are lines created in response to visual artworks, and Roper chose as her point of inspirational departure fellow Gallery Aferro Studio Resident Amanda Thackray’s recent work, “Blue Ghost Trawler.” Join us for an immersive and interactive offering that celebrates the deep mysteries of artmaking, and the pleasures of conversation amongst colleagues, and across genres.
Roper was the inaugural Writer in Residence at Gallery Aferro, and during that time connected with Thackray, whose third floor studio is the ongoing site of large-scale experimental papermaking. For Spring 2021, Gallery Aferro is celebrating almost two decades as an artist-run workspace supporting the realization of ambitious projects across an expansive and highly diverse cross-section of contemporary art practice. Where does art come from? What does it mean to instigate? To evoke? To describe, and in Roper’s words, “to do it from within your own memories?”
**This event is now closed**
BEAT By Lori Roper
Directed By Lori Roper, Starring Seth Newfeld*
BEAT, a conscious raising solo play, centers around Richard Clinton, a retired, white, Newark detective, as he prepares for the funeral of his fallen partner. Unexpected revelations arise as he explores the carelessness and lies, unchecked passion and compromising commitments that have alternately thrilled and haunted his life. Meanwhile, an incendiary atmosphere looms while a Black Lives Matter protest positioned directly in the path of the funeral procession mounts. Calamity ensues and Richard must stake his life on one brutal, deeply unfair decision.
Sunday, December 3
Open exhibit and reception: 4-5pm*
Located inside the Gateway Project Spaces
*Seth Newfeld is a Perry award winning actor