The Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington is exhibiting “William S. Burroughs: Paintings” through Wednesday.
Burroughs is an American author, essayist, painter and spoken-word performer. He wrote 18 novels and six short story collections.
“His life’s journey,” according to a gallery press release, “took him through an education at Harvard, many reckless experiences in Mexico and other countries, and countless artistic endeavors amongst the other great Beats, Kerouac and Ginsberg, in New York City.”
In celebration of his 100th birthday in February, Bloomington has developed a festival in his honor, called the Burroughs Century.
The exhibit will contain works in a variety of media, with a large number of paintings from the file folder series. Burroughs originally used the folders to mix pigments and colors before observing that they could be viewed as artworks in themselves.
Burroughs would adorn the folders inside and out using a mix of ink and gouache with gestural brushstrokes sometimes mixed with glitter or fluorescent paint and a line or two of text. The exhibition features 50 such works, now on show for the first time in London, representing, in the words of a press release, “every area of Burroughs creativity, combining as they do literature, visual mark-making and performance, all derived from the very birth of an idea itself.”
For more information, contact the gallery at 812-855-8490 or indiana.edu/~grunwald. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; it is closed Sunday and Monday.