• Ed Bats

Ed Bats presents a new suite of paintings incorporating collage elements alongside the familiar hard-edged abstraction and patched surfaces of his recent works. The exhibition title borrows from a line that appears in the first prose poem of William Carlos Williams' Spring and All. A little book bound in blue paper, Spring and All was first published in 1923 and dedicated to Williams' friend, the painter Charles Demuth.¹ At a time when many sought renewal after the destruction of the First World War and the uncertainty and fear that followed it, Williams' book announced a vision for the arts that threw off the cultural artefacts of past, and directly addressed the present moment's imagination.

The above is an excerpt from a text by Pōneke based historian and writer Ryan Anderson, which encompasses the poetry of William Carlos Williams, the philosophy of Jacques Derrida, and the musicology of Mark Fisher.

You can read the full essay here.

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