Incidental Relays of Memory
Lyle Ashton Harris
Salon 94 | November 9, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Constructing a synthetic space in a natural landscape,
Bending body is subversive countenance,
While Afropunk Odalisque watches the spirit of the dead.
Some praise pansexuality, gorgeous androgyny, solid
Gender neutrality, and the aplomb intersectionality of
Anima mundi, others still remember The Watering Hole
And the anxiety around beauty as his cosmogram.
Erotic images from the margins flirting with the center,
Becoming a God, a stranger, or mythical healer of
The living dead as if walking the night below the eerie moon,
Talking back and through the glass might invoke a
Flash of the Spirit, nobility of purpose, Nocturnal Guardian,
Shadow Play, magic, myth, and metaphor that keep
The memory alive. He strokes the air, ogling the void,
Time suspends when it has to. This moment of enigma.
Phong H. Bui is the Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail.