POETICS Oct.5-Nov.16 at Oxford Riverside Gallery


Ut pictura poesis, Latin

“As is painting so is poetry.”

With ut pictura poesis, Horace proposed that poetry merited the same careful interpretation that was, in Horace’s day, reserved for painting. The similarities and differences between poetry and painting have been an on-going dialogue filled with dissent down through the ages.

For the purpose of this exhibition, ‘Poetics’, we side with Voltaire – ‘painting is voiceless poetry and the poetry is speaking painting’. We feel that both poetry and painting use imagery, symbolism, tone and themes. Artists in both mediums have to make decisions about tension, focal point, pattern and rhythm.

All three of us have our favourite poets, the writers that speak to us, touching an emotional chord, inspiring our own creations for this exhibition. We propose to incorporate poetry readings as an audio component of the show.

Opening Friday October 5th, 2018, at 6pm.
​Closes Friday November 16th.

Oxford Riverside Gallery

  • 105 Lower Main Street
  • Oxford, Nova Scotia
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