Ken Fruitrail is Artistry’s Visual Arts Exhibit Assistant. A lifelong appreciator of art and art history, he holds a bachelor's degree in Speech/Theater/Dance and a master's degree in Communication Studies. Ken’s reflections on works of art are offered to engage our audiences and enrich their gallery experience.

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In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

As if nothing (for Bashō)

Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume

August 18 – September 28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.
Artist-led Gallery Tour and Talk: Friday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.

The master haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō, desired three elements in his haiku poems: sabi (loneliness), shiori (tenderness), and hosomi (slenderness). Artist Charles Matson Lume will create a site specific light installation using Bashō’s idioms as a fulcrum. Additionally, with common materials, Matson Lume’s installation seeks to mirror Bashō’s evocation of the elemental such as: moonlight, rain, and sleep.

“Physicists tell us that light is both a particle and a wave, a kind of noun and verb simultaneously, like us. And, like us, light is fleeting and durable, intricate and enigmatic. The circumference of light eclipses our capacity to comprehend light’s complexity, and mirrors my desire to know its fullness, yet without the satisfaction of ever finally knowing. That perpetual fissure in knowledge is one of the many fulcrums with light that keeps me researching it.” – Charles Matson Lume


Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist whose art is engaged in the pas deux of light and materials. He has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions in the past twenty years. His installations have been exhibited at institutions such as: the Irish Museum of Modern Art, (Dublin, Ireland), Babel Kunst (Trondheim, Norway), Kemijärvi Art Gallery, (Kemijärvi, Finland), and Hunter College, (NYC). He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles has participated in artist residencies located in: Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, and the US. His art has been reviewed at: The Irish Times; Art Papers; Contemporary Visual Culture in Ireland; National Public Radio; Koti-Lappi;; and, Charles lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and his art can be found online at the following curated artist registries:

White Columns Artist Registry (NYC)

ISE Cultural Foundation (NYC)

The Drawing Center (NYC)

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