A Collaboration Between Two Guggenheim Fellows.
In her foreword, Anne Murray writes, “In what appears as a semiotic symphony, this book brings together two disparate minds who appear in ether, their works a semblance of patterns emerging in a cloud, and as dust, settling into letters and shapes.”
“Mozenter’s cut letters and shapes are an eye chart; they test our vision. Perkis’
words are stitched together with precision and awe, like Mozenter’s felt. “If I
could only do it over I would do it right.” But “wrong” holds magic. Intuition
is beauty. Love is the strongest bond.” —Gail Buckland, curator, author, educator
“In ar, Philip and Cyrilla draw us into a world we’re unaware of until we find our-
selves there. In the way the spareness and elegance of Cyrilla’s felts harmonize
with Philip’s gracile utterances, we come to understand how fragments make a
whole. What is missing is what is there. And because we have to fill — with our
imaginations — the absences, it is finally we who are there. ar is a moving and
profound experience. It is a beautiful book.” —Paul Kane, poet
Poetry. Art. Hybrid. Collaboration.
"This is a playful exercise in freedom for this artistic couple, opposite the formal presentations normally required as part of their lengthy, well-established professional careers." —Nancy Romine Walters in The Brooklyn Rail
Artist WebsiteReview by Nancy Romines Walters @ The Brooklyn Rail
Cyrilla Mozenter is known for her gouache-painted, pencil-drawn (and written) works on paper and hand stitched industrial wool felt freestanding and wall pieces that include the transplantation of cutout letters, letter-derived and pictogram-like shapes. These works hover in the space between two and three-dimensions. Many of the titles and words that appear in the work come from Gertrude Stein's writing. They are playful and absurd, defying singular interpretations. Solo exhibitions include See Why and the failed utopian, Lesley Heller Gallery, NY; the failed utopian & Other Stories, FiveMyles, Brooklyn; warm snow, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NY, and the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; More saints seen, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and Very well saint, The Drawing Center, NY. Octave, her bilingual collaborative book with photographer Philip Perkis was published in 2020 by anmoc press, Seoul. A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, she has also received two fellowships from the NY Foundation for the Arts and two project grants from The Fifth Floor Foundation. She has been in residence at Pianpicollo Selvatico, Dieu Donné Papermill, and Instituto Municipal de Arte e Cultura-Rioarte. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Brooklyn Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. She taught for many years in the MFA program at Pratt Institute.
Philip Perkis is an American photographer and educator. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and his work is held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.