Please join us for the book launch of The Burning of the Coops by Laura Morrison, part of a solo show cum reading room at Ingrid for the month of October.
The Burning of The Coops is an illustrated novel that records a woman’s desire to engage with her own observations unencumbered by external judgements. Documenting an attempt to form attachments to one’s own thoughts and feelings, the novel traces the atmospheres surrounding a highly specific incident of passionate trespass, whereby the protagonist is motivated to seek and enter a site of inexplicable significance that belongs to another. Set around the time of the Harvest Moon in New England, US, it is nature heavy, with ponds, fields, teaming wetlands, miles of glacial stone wall and a pristine river running through it. Including painstaking observation and louche conjecture, the novel revisits real events in the local area, such as the mutually beneficial spectacle of the title – a “live burn” of a pair of dilapidated chicken coops that took place in the year 2000.
As well as continuing Morrison’s interest in the ethics of interpersonal encroachment, the novel approaches the notion of personal experience as spiritual necessity via several minor episodes, that also explore its costs. In addition, the narrative drives and follows an abstract anxiety to its final, obliterating manifestation, a pure ecstatic fear that exists for the anxious - always and only - as potential. Questions of control, empathy, responsibility and self-care flow back and forth throughout.
A release of 66 hard copies will be available for purchase on the evening. A PDF of the text including soundtrack will be available for download, kindly hosted by as the October release of their interjection calendar.
An original soundtrack by William David Cooper will accompany the book launch.
Listening sessions on the hour at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm.
G&Ts and snacks!
Based in New York and London, Laura Morrison turns intimate personal and professional experiences into subjects, working with writing, video, performance, and painting to consider what it means to be both vulnerable and accountable. Morrison received her MFA from Goldsmiths, London, and has exhibited internationally. Recent projects include Safe at HOME, Manchester; Bain Marie at Res, London; Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, New York, USA. In October she will begin a studio residency at Pioneer Works in Brookyln, following a residency at I-park in Connecticut.
William David Cooper is a composer of opera, orchestral, choral, vocal, chamber and electroacoustic music. In 2016 his opera Hagar was staged and performed atthe National Opera Association convention in Indianapolis. His music has also been performed by Augustin Hadelich, the Lysander Trio, ECCE ensemble, and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. He is the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and three ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. Current projects include an octet for the Scharoun Ensemble, and a commission from the New York Virtuoso Singers. In addition to his work as a composer, Cooper is an organist, choral director, and avid scholar and interpreter of Renaissance polyphony.
Ingrid will also be launching its library - a collection of books & periodicals spanning art & design, artists books, critical theory, contemporary art, poetry, fiction, theatre and cinema. Selections from the material - made by the kind friends who helped us catalogue the collection - will be on display for the month of October.
The reading room will be open until Monday 31st of October.