Julie Becker, Poltergeist, 1999. Courtesy Greene Naftali, New York
Marking the final weekend of the ICA’s survey exhibition of Julie Becker, this evening of readings by Andrew Durbin, Holly Pester and Caspar Heinemann, brings together three authors whose writing and poetry shares subjects, concerns and alliances with Becker’s distinctive body of work.
Becker’s real-scale installations, sculptural models, drawings and photographs depict dense worlds that hover between the drive to see everything as part of a cosmic whole, and what the artist described as ‘an endless exposing of parts.’ Andrew Durbin, Caspar Heinemann and Holly Pester’s prose and poetry similarly take distinctive routes into the transmission of material and psychic experience, and personal and cultural histories. Echoing Becker’s engagements with cultural mythologies and the parapsychological, their writing articulates synchronicities, urban imaginaries and forms of fictioning within the everyday.
The title of this event is taken from ‘Sparkle Girl’, Mark von Schlegell's 2001 essay on Julie Becker.
Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (2014) and MacArthur Park (2017), both from Nightboat Books. MacArthur Park was a finalist for the 2018 Believer Book Award. He is the Senior Editor for the Americas at Frieze and lives in New York.
Caspar Heinemann is a writer, artist and poet. Their interests include critical occultism, gay biosemiotics and countercultural mythologies. Recent events include a US tour and readings at the Baltic Triennial; CAC, Vilnius; Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht; and KW, Berlin. They have exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, and Outpost Gallery, Norwich and given guest lectures at Chelsea College of Arts, the University of Reading, the Sandberg Institute, and HEAD, Geneva. They were born in London, UK, roughly 2.5 months after the release of Green Day’s seminal album Dookie.
Holly Pester is a poet. Her published works include Go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip, (Book Works, 2015) and Common Rest: lullabies as worksongs, spells and curses (Test Centre, 2016).