So much insisting about 
Keeping the walls up 
and the lights on
Let the daily paint 
Peel off,—— Bark!
What lay beneath seemed 
Myriad eyes blinking back at me
Eyes wet, salivating for me   
Asking me, how do I behave? 
The room doesn’t know how to see
So it prints images constantly
and it teaches us to perceive
The proliferation, the articulation 
of Truth
Recursions, extrusions 
Images boomerang back 
To us, again 
Oh, so very nice to meet you, 
I see we’re sharing a vine! 
Evidently, we’re all entwined
Heaven-sent dissident, 
Humbled by heartbreak 
And then learned to fly again 
Mending is stitching is weaving
The present existing as we graph it
Observations magnetized 
By our memories and feelings
We render power; instrument
	to wield it is a window
Time wears space as skin 
We’re all wrapped in it 
AND that’s why feeling matters 
Eyes shut hands out,
Reaching around, breathing air
Standing the ground when you
Think you know it, but you don’t 
This monster is rainbow flesh,
I see every color twinkling at me 
This monster is everything I seen 
And dreamed, redressed 

Recursion 2020
digital photograph
Elizabeth Preger @elizabethpreger

(untitled) So much insisting 2020
Lusi Ajonjoli @fem_earth_cardinal

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Curated by members of the Durden and Ray curatorial collective

Exhibition Team
Steven Wolkoff
Alexandra Wiesenfeld
Eugene Ahn

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