Stillness/Flowing: Bill Jensen

Featuring Bill Jensen and Amanda Millet-Sorsa


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Bill Jensen joins Rail contributor Amanda Millet-Sorsa and Rail staff for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Zach Savich.

In this talk

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Bill Jensen

A drawing of Bill Jensen by Phong Bui.
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
Artist Bill Jensen has lived and worked in New York since the early 1970s. He came into prominence with “the return to painting” of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Intuitive and visceral, Jensen’s abstractions have long been admired for their unconventional compositions and profound sense of color. Saturated, densely worked surfaces, seemingly primordial in origin, transcend any sense of the struggle that Jensen attributes to his painting process. Defined by an amorphous, ever-changing search for resolution, Jensen’s results are ultimately determined by the act of painting itself. Jensen’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others.

Amanda Millet-Sorsa

A portrait of Amanda Millet-Sorsa.
Artist, art writer, and arts worker Amanda Millet-Sorsa was born in Washington D.C. (1987) to French and Finnish parents, and currently is based in New York City. She recently completed a collaborative performance project, A Game of Tarot (2021), an absurd five person card playing performance using Amanda Millet-Sorsa’s reimagined tarot cards while reciting “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake and directed by poet Alexandra Zelman-Doring. This cross-disciplinary work focused on visual art, poetry, and theatre uniting the synchronistic encounter between an artist, a writer, and Jim Drougas, owner of “The Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Bookstore” on Carmine Street in the West Village, NY.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Zach Savich reading.

Zach Savich

Portrait of poet Zach Savich.
Poet Zach Savich is the author of eight books of poetry and prose, including the poetry collection Daybed (Black Ocean, 2018) and the memoir Diving Makes the Water Deep (Rescue Press, 2016). He teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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