OKU NO KUROGAWA
OKU NO KUROGAWA
Oku No Kurogawa (The Black River to the Deep North in Japanese) is the Artist's Novel created by the authors after the adventure 'In Basho's Footsteps'. The novel, walked and painted as much as it is written, takes the reader through the tangled forests of Japan's interior, and through the darker recesses of the artists' own minds.
Back from their 2,000km trek through Japan, Gleizer continued to paint, inspired by the journey. Using their travel journals, the sketches, poems, the memories from the road, and the new artwork that Gleizer was creating, Valcarce wove together a narrative connecting these pieces in an intricate tapestry. The goal was to avoid allowing the paintings to become illustrations, subordinate to a text; instead using text as his thread to sew the poetry and paintings together seamlessly. Once the novel had begun to form (a story of a writer and of two travelers), Gleizer stepped in once more, making art in response to the nascent narrative and co-writing parts of the story.
Oku No Kurogawa was built up layer by layer, just as a journey consists of its individual steps. Through structure and content it brings into question traditional notions of authorship and the writing process in general. The result is an artist's book in which prose, art, and poetry stand as equals and as indespensible parts of a cohesive whole.
Titleless Mythology had its modest beginnings when Anya pointed out that it was a shame the only way to compile Pablo's poetry was to gather the napkins, scraps of odd paper, and notebook sheets (or anything he had had in his hands when the inspiration to write came to him) from his floors and desk before he lost them.
Pablo's poetry intertwines themes of ancient mythologies with the timeless and universal questions on the human condition. While Pablo read and reread each poem, Anya meditated on the meaning of each without moving, until an image was formed in her mind. Only then would she paint her impressions, in just a few spontaneous brushstrokes.
By Pablo Valcarce
and Anya Gleizer
La Primavera is a novel written by Pablo Valcarce, partially inspired by Anya Gleizer's journals and poems, and partially by their adventure together across Europe and into Northern Africa. Replete with Gleizer's paintings, pieces of letters, postcards, and poetry, La Primavera is a celebration of ineluctable youth and spring.