until 17.06. | #1353ARTatBerlin | Galerie Dittmar presents from 28th April 2017 an exhibition with calligraphies by the artist Sharka Hyland.
Sharka Hyland: I am interested in how literary language transcends the distinction between the verbal and the visual. Many of the images we remember have no physical exitence. They are evoked by the words of great writers. Our mind creates them as we read. Each image is unique. It is brought into being as we integrate the author’s words into our individual life experience. These complex images exist only in the readers mind; the text is their only material form.
I draw the texts using historically and culturally appropriate typefaces, in a size and format one might encounter while reading a book. The conjured image is the subject of the drawing.
Ekphrasis may generally be translated as ‚description‘. It originally referred to a vivid evocation of an object or a situation. Today the term is used to refer to a verbal representation of visual representation (typically, a poem or a text based on a work of art).
It is sometimes said that a verbal description cannot produce the same impact as a work of visual art. I would argue that the true ambition of ekphrastic writing is to produce a new work of art, one that does not bridge the chasm between word and image but remains poised above it.
In my most recent work, I have been expanding on this concept – a sensory experience mediated by language – by exploring the notion of auditory ekphrasis, of literary language that conveys the effects of music (or sound in general), as well as of silence.
Vernissage: Friday, 28th April 2017, 7 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 28th April to Saturday, 17th June 2017Zur Galerie Dittmar
Image caption: Text: Rilke, Gong, 1914, Zeichnung: Sharka Hyland: 2016, Aquarell und Bleistift auf Papier, 28,4 x 35,5 cm
Exhibitions Berlin Galleries: Sharka Hyland – Textzeichnungen – Galerie Dittmar | ART at Berlin