"Language Objects: Letters in Space, 1970 - 2013" 

May 18 - June 30, 2013

Reception for (& presentation by) the artist, Sunday, 19 May 4 - 6 PM


SOUTHFIRST is proud to present "Language Objects: Letters in Space, 1970 - 2013," a retrospective exhibition tracking (via notebooks, holographic & published texts, archival materials and works on paper) the evolution from early typewriter-generated forms to more recent four-color drawing poems in the work of American poet Robert Grenier between 1970 - 2013. The show will be on view from May 18 – June 30, 2013. 


On Sunday, May 19, 4 - 6 PM, Robert Grenier will introduce the 'idea' for the show, and speak to/read from & provisionally 'interpret' certain of the materials set forth in the room. 


Over the past 40 years, poet/artist Robert Grenier (b. 1941) has constantly pushed poetry into new frontiers of practice and utterance. His handwritten poems, produced in the last two decades, cross the upper limit of inscription to be both writing and drawing. His works include Series (This Press, 1978), SENTENCES (Whale Cloth Press, 1978), Oakland (Tuumba Press, 1980), A Day at the Beach (Roof Books, 1984), Phantom Anthems (O Books, 1986), and OWL/ON/BOU/GH (Post-Apollo Press, 1997), as well as more recent online color drawing poem sequences like POND 1 and PENN SCANS. A graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Grenier has received two NEA fellowships for poetry writing and a 2013 grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. An archive of his work is housed in the Stanford Libraries' Department of Special Collections. He lives in northern Vermont. 


SOUTHFIRST, founded in 2000, is located at 60 N6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn between Wythe and Kent Avenues. Gallery hours are Fri., Sat. and Sun. from 1 - 6 PM and by appointment. Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue. For more information, please contact Maika Pollack at 718 599 4884 or info (@) 



60 N6th Street 

Brooklyn, NY 11211 

718 599 4884