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No matter the medium, conference shows art takes form

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 17, 2010 12:25 PM

March 17, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Whether art takes shape as a musical composition, a story, a ceramic bowl, a photograph or even a cake, it involves form. At the University of Louisville, the 2010 Axton Literary Festival: The Story of Form will examine the possibilities April 1–2.

The free, public event will open April 1 with a 1 p.m. talk at Louisville Stoneware, 731 Brent St., where master moldmaker Ngoc Phan will discuss pottery forms. The self-taught artist, who emigrated from South Vietnam, recently was chosen to paint a life-size fiberglass horse that will stand at the gates of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this fall in Lexington.

Later, at 4 p.m. April 1, author Yuriy Tarnawsky will read from his work and talk about form in fiction in the Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library, on UofL’s Belknap Campus. The Ukrainian linguist and former Columbia University literature professor is working on his third collection of mininovels; his first, “Like Blood in Water,” was published in 2007.

Tarnawsky also will lead a writing workshop at 9:30 a.m. April 2 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

Author Danielle Dutton will read from her work and discuss form in fiction at 2 p.m. April 2 in Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library. Dutton, the author of the 2007 book “Attempts at a Life,” is a Dalkey Archive Press book designer and a Naropa University instructor.

Composers Krzysztof Wolek and Ryan Ingebritsen will talk about form in music at 4 p.m. April 2 in Malcolm Bird Hall, School of Music. Wolek is director of digital composition studies and assistant professor of music composition at UofL, and Ingebritsen is a composer, sound designer and electronic music performer.

Festival events are sponsored by the Axton Endowment in conjunction with UofL’s English department.
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