LONGHAND FOREST / FIBONACCI MONSTROSITY

Longhand Forest, 70″ x 216″, mixed media/paper, 2014


Longhand Forest / Fibonacci Monstrosity

Ellen Wiener & LB Thompson

Themes of ‘lost and found’ in Longhand Forest are echoed in Thompson’s epic landscape poem Fibonacci Monstrosity which is plotted by line lengths and inserted as successive narrative points along the fibonacci curve – her luminous scrolls inhabit hidden compartments – and can be plucked as forest fables from the giant mural.

Longhand Forest by Ellen Wiener and LB Thompson
Longhand Forest (detail), 70″ x 216″, mixed media/paper, 2014

“Wiener spatially transports us through Longhand Forest by summoning Durer and Altdorfer’s…… deeply inked calligraphic landscapes…but her symbols of human detritus- shovels, empty troughs, and crumbling walls, emerge only upon gradual scrutiny of an otherwise daunting abstract frenzy: they’re submerged within cross-hatching, coal-black holes, windswept tendrils, and striking white seas of negative space that loosen metaphor from it’s Northern Renaissance frame…”

The Brooklyn Rail. September, 2014.
From Joyce Beckensteins feature article , PAINTER:POET = FOREST:BEAST ELLEN WIENER and LB THOMPSON COLLABORATE

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LB Thompson is a Whiting Award winning poet whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, The Southampton Review, Art in America and Stonecutter among other in- print and online journals. She has taught at The New School, NYU, Rutgers and SUNY Purchase. She lives on the North Fork of Long Island.