25 June 2016 - 13 August 2016
Opening Reception 25 June 2016 5pm
Mercer Union and Kunstverein Toronto are delighted to present a solo exhibition by Jason Dodge with CAConrad titled Width of a Witch.
The exhibition will open with a reading by the American poet CAConrad of MARFA POETRY MACHINE in 36 Things: Width of a Witch, the written dimension of the show published in a new chapbook to accompany the exhibition.
Please join us on Saturday 25 June from 5-8pm for the exhibition opening and reading by CAConrad at 6PM. The opening will also mark the launch of two new volumes of poems by Eileen Myles and Roger Reeves, published by Fivehundred Places with the support of Kunstverein Toronto and Mercer Union.
All images: Jason Dodge with CAConrad, Width of a Witch, 2016. Images courtesy of the artist and Mercer Union. Photographs by Toni Hafkenscheid
Born on January 1, 1966, CAConrad describes himself as “the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.” He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014); Philip Seymour Hoffman (were you high when you said this?) (Worms Press, 2014); A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books, 2012); The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Press, 2010), with the poet Frank Sherlock; and The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.
Jason Dodge was born in 1969 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Upcoming exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial, and a solo presentation at IAC Villeurbanne, France. Jason Dodge founded Fivehundred places in 2012 to present books by contemporary poets to contemporary artists and everyone who reads poems.
CAConrad in conversation with Damian Rogers
Friday 24 June 2016, 6-8PM
at TYPE Books, 883 Queen Street West, Toronto
CAConrad will discuss Width of a Witch, a collaborative project with the artist Jason Dodge. TYPE Books will be selling copies of a new chapbook, published by Dodge’s Fivehundred places press, as well as two new books by Eileen Myles and Roger Reeves produced on the occasion of the exhibition opening at Mercer Union.
Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and now lives in Toronto. She earned a BA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MFA at the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Her first book, Paper Radio, was published by ECW Press in 2009; a second book, Dear Leader, was published by Coach House Books in 2015, and is a finalist for the 2016 Trillium Award for Poetry. Rogers works as the poetry editor of both House of Anansi Press and The Walrus, and as the creative director of Poetry in Voice, a national recitation contest for Canadian high-school students.
With special thanks to Ann & Marshall Webb, TYPE Books and Dr. Paul Marks.