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RE_MOVE: Kasia Ozga & Dan Rosenberg

January 24 - February 23

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Start: January 24 - 12:00 am
End: February 23 - 11:59 pm
Venue: String Room Gallery
Location: 170 Main St.
Aurora, NY 13026 United States

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January 24 – February 23, 2023

Reception: January 24, 4:30-6:30pm with a walkthrough by the artists at 5pm

RE_MOVE is a transatlantic dialogue in image and text from 2019-2020 between visual artist Kasia Ozga and poet Dan Rosenberg. Located in France, Ozga produced images using the batik process with materials reclaimed from multiple former and ongoing projects including handmade paper, architectural drawing templates, thread, found pigments and mixed-media elements. Located in America, Rosenberg wrote poems that similarly expand this dialogue beyond the binary of correspondence by responding not just to Ozga’s images, but to other writers whose work spoke to the moment, including Dickinson, Šalamun, Amichai, Blake, Wittgenstein, and Kierkegaard. This dialogue progressed as neither ekphrasis nor illustration, but as a series of incitements that continued until they exhausted Ozga’s supply of repulped paper. Ozga and Rosenberg did not communicate outside of sending their work back and forth, allowing this project to unfold within and between the media of its composition. For this exhibition, they selected works that offered the opportunity to reimagine their dialogue, exploring both the various potential embodiments of the poems in the gallery space and the diaristic, iterative nature of the images as a series. This exhibition is the first opportunity for the artists to work together on this project in person, bringing a digital conversation into a shared physical space.

Kasia Ozga is a Polish-French-American contemporary artist based between Chicago, IL and Saint-Étienne, France. She reuses, revalues, and reanimates mass-produced materials into singular artworks to invert the associations we make with different types of waste. Ozga holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris 8. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Oberlin College.

Dan Rosenberg’s most recent collection of poems is Bassinet (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2022). His work has won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize and the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest, and recent poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Poem-a-Day from the Academy of American Poets. He is an Associate Professor of English at Wells College.