George Quasha is an artist and poet who works across mediums to explore principles in common within language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, and performance. Solo exhibitions of his axial stones and axial drawings include the Baumgartner Gallery in New York (Chelsea), the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. This work is featured in the recently published book, "Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance," Foreword by Carter Ratcliff (North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, 2006).
In 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in video art.
For his video installation work "art is: Speaking Portraits" he has recorded over 1000 artists, poets, and composers (in 11 countries and 21 languages) saying what in their view art is. This ongoing work ("art is/music is/poetry is") has been exhibited at the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame), at White Box in Chelsea, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum (SUNY New Paltz), and in several other countries (including France and India), and has been featured in several biennials (Wroclaw, Poland; Geneva, Switzerland; Kingston, New York). Further extensions of this work in speaking portraiture include "myth is" and "peace is." His other work in axial video (including "Pulp Friction," "Axial Objects," "Verbal Objects," "Axial Landscapes") has appeared internationally in museums, galleries, schools, and biennials. A 30-year performance collaboration (video/language/sound) continues with Gary Hill and Charles Stein.
His latest books: "An Art of Limina: Gary Hill's Works and Writings", written collaboration with Charles Stein, Foreword by Lynne Cooke (Ediciones Poligrafa: Barcelona, 2009). "Verbal Paradise (preverbs)" (Zasterle: 2011), "Scorned Beauty Comes Up From Behind" (Between Editions: 2012). A new edition of "America a Prophecy: A New Reading of American Poetry from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present" [with Jerome Rothenberg] (Random House: 1973/Station Hill: 2012).
His other 14 books include poetry ("Somapoetics", "Giving the Lily Back Her Hands", "Ainu Dreams" [with Chie Hasegawa], "Preverbs" [forthcoming]; anthologies include: "Open Poetry" [with Ronald Gross], "An Active Anthology" [with Susan Quasha], "The Station Hill Blanchot Reader" [with Charles Stein]); and writing on art ("Gary Hill: Language Willing," and others).
Awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. He has taught at Stony Brook University (SUNY), Bard College, New School University (Graduate Anthropology Department), and Naropa University. With Susan Quasha he is founder/publisher of Barrytown/Station Hill Press in Barrytown, New York. See:
quasha.com/, baumgartnergallery.net/past.htm , stationhill.org