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Bruce Pearson Interview

Charles Bernstein speaks with Bruce Pearson. Pearson
describes his method of making a painting, discussing his use
of language as a base element for his paintings and how this
confutes traditional dichotomies such as figuration versus abstraction
and visual meaning versus verbal meaning. He also addresses his
approaches to color and the thickness of his paintings'
surfaces/depths. Pearson is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY who shows his paintings at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, although his first
solo show was at Pierogi in 1996 (11 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.