New York

Adja Yunkers

Zabriskie Gallery

In a special edition, Adja Yunkers illuminated Blanco, a poem by Octavio Paz, either in silkscreens, lithographs, or intaglio images. In this, their second collaboration in book publishing, two poets, one of the pen, the other of the brush, invite us to a feast of the eye and a delectation of the mind. Adja Yunkers, by labeling his contribution “illuminations“ directly renews the link with Rimbaud, the poet of the alchemy of colors and words. As Andre Breton had translated this theme in terms of “les mots font l’amour” (“words make love”) so Octavio Paz rephrases it when he speaks of “two syllables in love.” Unlike Miró who refers to Rimbaud and Breton in both his Sourire de ma blonde and Sourire de ma brune by combining writing with images, Adja Yunkers illuminates Paz’s poem with indeterminate forms. Bull-red strokes evoke “blood river, river of histories of blood,” sinuous vertical

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