william s. burroughs. creative observer


“To view these pictures puts the viewer in the position of the creative observer, who creates by observing. There is a distinct sensation when this creation occurs. One is looking at the picture, then a face, a narrow street filled with red mist, a mineshaft, an area of red huts swim into view… here is a man pissing against a wall. Behind the wall is a slag heap. Here is a thin, frail man in a suit of powdery gray ash. One can see the surface of the work move and shift and come into focus. The whole picture is ready to soar into space, almost ready …”

“Life does not present itself in clear patterns or chapters. I’m interested in the visual impact of transient images.”

-William S. Burroughs, excerpts from Painting & Guns, Hanuman Books, New York, NY 1992

The Lawrence Arts Center will present an exhibition of William Burroughs’ art and collections titled “Creative Observer” from January 17 thru March 2. The exhibition will include works from many periods of his life. This multimedia experience will provide insight into Burroughs’ prolific creative energy as well as revealing his ideas on observing art and people. Included in this exhibit will be collaborative works with such artists as Brion Gysin, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Cobain, Keith Haring, and George Condo, among others.

What: William S. Burroughs. Creative Observer

Where: The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

When: January 17 thru March 2, 2014

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