Brion Gysin "Untitled" 1959
Ubu Gallery is notorious for their excellent surrealist shows, and their current one is no exception. "Witnessing Visions: Brion Gysin, Henri Michaux, Judit Reigl, Unica Zürn" explores the use of automatism and intuition in art. Though each of these four artists has a distinct style, they all seem to be tapping into the same channeled visual space. Their resulting work has an otherworldly urgency that is truly compelling:
Witnessing Visions: Brion Gysin, Henri Michaux, Judit Reigl, Unica Zürn
December 9, 2013 – February 28, 2014
Ubu Gallery is pleased to present, Witnessing Visions: Brion Gysin, Henri Michaux, Judit Reigl, Unica Zürn, on view through February 28, 2014. Focusing on works on paper from the 1950s and 60s, the exhibition features automatic writings, drawings, frottage and decalcomania.
Although each artist has proven difficult to place in the art historical canon, the artists share a number of similarities—including, a tendency to utilize language and writing, the appearance of movement and fluidity across their works, and the use of automatism.
Judit Reigl (born 1923), Unica Zürn (1916-1970), Brion Gysin (1916-1986), and Henri Michaux (1899-1984) each explore a form of altered consciousness. All of the works on display demonstrate how these varied artists found processes whereby the artwork could in some way “make itself.” Whether this automatic state is a deliberate disorientation brought on by drugs or an inadvertent psychotic “spell,” the artist is left as a vehicle and then witness to an unveiling work of art.