I am the horse: Lise Haller-Baggesen and Iris Bernblum

Opening Reception on Sunday, June 3, 3-6pm. 

“We’ll just call it horse therapy or whatever”: readings and stories with Lise Haller Baggesen and Iris Bernblum on Saturday, June 16th at 1pm.

Exhibition on view through July 14, 2018 

Download a PDF of the exhibition brochure and essay here: I am the horse

Press: Read Matt Morris’s essay “Borderland Creatures: Lise Haller Baggesen & Iris Bernblum” at Goldfinch on Gender Assignment: 

Installation view of “I am the horse: Lise Haller Baggesen and Iris Bernblum,” June 3-July 14, 2018.

 

I am the horse

I am the horse people should bet on

I am the person who will likely save you from a fire

I am the person who is black smoke

And blows black smoke in your eyes

I am the squeaky noise at night

I am the tables, and paper, and slugs

I am the thing that most excites you

I am the thing that most excites you

I am the horse that you should bet on

When you put your money down

Things are wild here

Everywhere around the green

Snakes, bobcats, and foxes

The purple flowers look wild

I am wild

My husband keeps me in his room so as not to upset the neigh-

bors

The wildest thing about me is my arrogance

Which turns to anger

Over language

People put so much stock in wild language

I wander, an animal

Over hills

The civilized path, the orange sun

Do I dare mention God in this poem?

God is wild, and not human

And when people make God human

He stares at you through the eyes of a bear

And beats his terrible bearded chest

And guffaws into the stars

O the night, mysterious and purple

And the shining rocks

None of them are sins in their

Lack of humanity

So why am I so horrible to look at,

With my wild hair

And my furry breast

And mouth

–Dorothea Lasky

Installation view of “I am the horse: Lise Haller Baggesen and Iris Bernblum,” June 3-July 14, 2018.
Installation view of “I am the horse: Lise Haller Baggesen and Iris Bernblum,” June 3-July 14, 2018.
View of works by Iris Bernblum in “I am the horse,” June 3 – July 14, 2018. Iris Bernblum courtesy Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago.
Installation view of Iris Bernblum, “Pretty baby,” 2018, two-channel video installation.  Iris Bernblum is Courtesy Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago.
Installation view of Iris Bernblum, “Pretty baby,” 2018, two-channel video installation. Iris Bernblum is Courtesy Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago.
Installation view of “I am the horse: Lise Haller Baggesen and Iris Bernblum,” June 3-July 14, 2018.