Paul Mpagi Sepuya
I contributed a new image to my friend Alex Dimitrov’s poetry, with three new poems featured on BOMB magazine’s Bombsite poetry series. The first is below, read the whole set here.
Seduction and Its Immediate Consequences by Alex Dimitrov
One April in autumn you were my story for hours.
The silence of those days became like a shirt.
“His screaming fits were nothing other than
attempts at seduction,” writes Freud in The Wolfman.
How many accounts for how many things and what did we own?
In the movie of their lives there were people
they saw like notes in the margins
and in the vials a bright mess they carried inside.
Michael, Michael, Michael.
If a name is said enough times in a poem
something will happen. But that isn’t your name
and it isn’t a city, so where do you live?
Winter taught me to wear a very thin nothing those evenings.
When the car sped through the tunnel, when the cemetery
filled with the living, when the drink was named
for what they couldn’t quite taste.
And you didn’t decide on the friends or the lovers,
the shoes or the card that was sent and said
come—it’s a party for all of our questions.
And why shouldn’t we have it.
Why not invite what no one can have.
Immediately, he could tell. Even in the middle of the water.
Soon it will all close without warning or lights.
And between the acts, where we live,
after a while you’re wearing too much
no matter what you take off.
But you, filling the room with smoke,
trying hard to be human—
I love you and it’s cinema just to keep looking.
Listen, I would say in my messages…
on a page or a screen, through a window.
I’d follow you home but it’s a very brief night.
If you’re considering a holiday gift, a portrait commission is a great suggestion!
Contact me for more information.
Three pieces of mine at the home of Frederick de Wachter and Alberto Artesani, Milan.
Including a commission double-portrait of the couple. Photographed for the chic fish.
Setting up to install an excerpt of Studio Work at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, opening this Saturday May 5.
I shot some photos for my friend Cyril (item idem) and his design collaboration for Peter Mountain Works, on a limited edition backpack. Look for them in select stores soon! Item Idem blog here.
I contributed to Visual AIDS’ ongoing safe-sex project. Thanks to Diego, Ryan and Tony for modeling it up for a good cause! From the Visual AIDS website:
Play Smart trading cards are an honest and straight-forward approach to promote harm reduction, HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis. Play Smart is packaged with two trading cards, a sticker, condoms and lube. The back of each trading card features information to help you play smart.
The Play Smart packets are distributed free in New York.
So I’ve moved the blog over to this new location at www.paulsepuya.com/blog/, if you have any bookmarks or subscriptions please update them. New blog posts coming soon.
You can probably see that my website has been redone as well. I’m still working out a few kinks but it’s basically up and running now.
I recommend every artist in New York sign up for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Basic Finance for Artists workshop. I attended last summer and it was well worth it.
Basic Finance for Artists, a six-week intensive seminar on money management and personal finance for individual artists is back this Spring.
Designed especially for artists, Basic Finance for Artists is a free, concentrated, six-week series of workshops that will help develop financial awareness and balance through practical training in money management. Workshops provide a combination of seminar-style learning and hands-on group and individual exercises.
Experts in the field and guest artists will help lead the workshops and address issues that are relevant to artist-specific needs.
Registration is open April 1–20, 2009.
Date & Time: Tuesdays, May 12-June 16, 4–7PM
Location: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
envoy enterprises (formerly and informally known as envoy gallery) has new contact info:
Artmaking is reciprocal. Check out TM’s blog, with some studies he did of me and of me making a portrait of Liam.
From his blog (copiadas.blogspot.com):
El creador Pier Paolo Pasolini entendía la realidad como un lenguage de signos que determina nuestra manera de relacionarnos con ella. El modo en que una imagen nos habla en cualquiera de sus filmes, es el mismo que el de la imagen real que fue recogida por la cámara.
Influenciado por esa reflexión sobre el lenguaje de las imágenes, (recogido en el libro “palabra de corsario”) realizo una instalación con dibujos y pinturas, de pequeño formato, utilizando elementos que no son míos y de los cuales me apropio: fotografías de Hedi Slimane o Paul Sepuya y textos del propio Pasolini, que por medio de un juego semiótico propician un dialogo sobre fe, religión y realidad. El conjunto es la tercera entrega de la serie “Copiadas” y se presenta en la galería DistritoQuinto de Barcelona.
La muestra estará compartida con las acuarelas que Rafael Castañer ha creado en la serie “Genesis”.
Del 6 al 20 de Marzo de 2008
Inauguración jueves 6 de Marzo a las 20:00 h
C/ Fernandina, 53
That portrait of Alex seems to be a popular source image. Jean-Baptiste Biche used it in a wallpaper pattern back in 2006. His website is here.