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"Marble Tongue, Diamond of My Heart" by John Gnorski

  • LOWELL 819 North Russell Street Portland, OR, 97227 United States (map)

Marble Tongue, Diamond of My Heart

John Gnorski

October 3-November 25, 2018

Opening reception: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 5-7 PM

LOWELL is pleased to announce, Marble Tongue, Diamond of My Heart 

Sculptures by John Gnorski

Artist Statement:

Marble Tongue is a mythical being and also the name of the language that she speaks. She shifts her shape at will, and everyone understands her when she sings. She is everybody's mother. 

These sculptures are portraits of Marble Tongue and object-poems written in automatic drawing. They are cut-out, fastened, wrapped, folded, perforated, abraded, and decorated “scholar’s rocks”, and my small contribution to the speculative mythology that we are creating together every day and that we must create in order to imagine tomorrow. 

Kenneth Patchen wrote a poem that I imagine Marble Tongue would say to us before flying away on her multi-colored wings: 

Now when I get

back here I ex-pect 

to find 

all of 

you marching 

through the 

streets with great 

bunches of wildflowers 

in your arms 


Born in Virginia, John Gnorski is a carpenter, sculptor, and Earth Baby.

Earlier Event: October 21
Art & About Pop-Up
Later Event: January 10