by Matvei Yankelevich
The text from which these poems are excerpted was written ostensibly as a response to a work of visual art: Koo Jeong A’s Dr. Vogt, which consists of 60 individual drawings placed in a room painted in very specific colors at the Dia Foundation’s Dan Flavin Art Institute, a repurposed Baptist Church in Bridgehampton on Long Island. The Dia Foundation commissioned the work to be performed in the exhibition space in the summer of 2011, however my “response” is not ekphrastic in any visible sense, and does not attempt to illustrate the images in the artists’ work. The “you” in the text may be the mysterious Dr. Vogt, or it may be the viewer, but it does not refer to the artist herself, nor any other specific addressee. Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt consists of 38 parts, and is at this point still a work in progress.
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