Shop > Literary



Maryse Larivière
Untitled Art Society
13 × 18 × 0.5 cm
64 pp
Creative Writing , Fiction

By the time we talk face to face again in the city of fog and spasm, feminine sovereignty will be on the table, next to my pen and ashtray. I better rush over, just in case the passage that connects us curtains off. The passage looks like a futuristic set for a Beckett play—an observation the dead playwright would almost certainly reject. Failing in the eyes of a Master can only be a good thing, you might say.

In a matter of hours, I awaken, still slightly sedated, trapped in a cinder-block cell surrounded by my work. “I am here to write and fall into his arms,” I say to myself cautiously. Minutes later, I am on the inner phone with you. “I’m gonna lick French all over you and make your freckly skin iridescent.” You purr. “Wamp wamp wamp,” tremble my feelers. There is a knock at the door…

Orgazing is an epistolary novella set on the remote Scottish island of Staffa. A woman, held captive in an institution built atop Fingal’s Cave, addresses her beloved about their failed revolution, her attempt to transform writing into telepathic singing, and her effort to develop this mode of communication while incarcerated. Shifting between prose and poetry, word and birdsong, Orgazing explores the limits of body and voice, articulating an unsettled longing for metamorphosis.

Orgazing, along with an installation, sound, and film work, is part of Larivière’s project Under the Cave of Winds, recently on view at Untitled Contemporary Art Calgary.

Maryse Larivière is an artist, writer and scholar whose work re-imagines how we engage with the textual, visual and social through bodily and emotional encounters. Her practice crosses art, literature and theory, taking the form of text, performance, sculpture, and collage. Her books of poetry include Orgazing (2017), Hummzinger (2016) and Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015). Lariviere was the 2016/17 writer-in-residence at Gallery 44, and has contributed experimental writings to a variety of platforms including C Magazine, Esse Art+Opinions and Organism for Poetic Research. Recent projects include Garden Gossip with Tiziana La Melia (Walter Philips Gallery, 2017), Under the Cave of Winds, (Untitled Contemporary Art, Calgary, 2017) and L’image intérieure (Gallery 44, Toronto, 2016/17).

Softcover, perfect-bound, b/w

First edition of 500

  1. Orgazing

Related Items

  1. Maryse Larivière: L.S.D.
  2. Maryse Larivière: Grace: Amor
  3. Maryse Larivière: Hummzinger
  4. Maryse Larivière: Something has to change for everything  to stay as it is. Something had to change for everything to stay as it was.
  5. Georges Perec and Mara Cologne Wythe-Hall: Wishes
  6. Jaclyn Bruneau, Robert Dayton, Jacquelyn Ross, and Daniella Sanader: Young Adult // Issue No. 03
  7. Andrew J Paterson: Not Joy Division
  8. Liz Knox: Commentariat
  9. Ashley Bedet and Fionn Duffy: A Three-Body Problem
  10. Olivia Boudreau, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Marie-Èva Charron, Sophie Bélair Clément, Sorel, Philippe Dumaine, Vera Frenkel, Andrea Geyer, Cynthia Girard-Renard, Raphaëlle de Groot, Clara Gutsche, Rashid Johnson, arkadi lavoie lachapelle, Marie-Josée Lafortune, and Suzy Lak: Archi-féministes!
  11. Garry Neill Kennedy: The Last Art College
  12. Kim Gordon and Branden W. Joseph: Is It My Body?
  13. Georges Perec and the Oulipo: Winter Journeys
  14. Katrina Palmer: The Fabricator’s Tale
  15. T.J. Demos: Decolonizing Nature
  16. Nina Valerie Kolowratnik: The Language of Secret Proof
  17. Tiziana La Melia: Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect
  18. John Berger : Why Look at Animals?
  19. Andrea Fraser: 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics
  20. Marcel Alcalá: Puro Silencio
  21. Micah Silver: Figures in Air
  22. Chris Kraus and David Rattray: How I Became One of the Invisible
  23. Jesse Birch and Will Holder: The Mill
  24. George Orwell: Books V. Cigarettes
  25. Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx: Communist Manifesto
  26. EMILIA-AMALIA Chapbook 1: Affidamento/Entrustment
  27. EMILIA-AMALIA Set of 5 Chapbooks: More Dust in Our Houses Less Dust on Our Brains
  28. Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip
  29. Jörg Heiser: Double Lives in Art and Pop Music
  30. Walter Scott: Wendy, Master of Art
  31. Zadie Smith: Intimations
  32. SF Ho: George the Parasite
  33. Maria Lind: Seven Years
  34. Ingo Niermann: Solution 295-304: Mare Amoris
  35. David Maroto: The Artist’s Novel – Part 1: A New Medium
  36. David Maroto: The Artist’s Novel – Part 2: The Fantasy of the Novel
  37. Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
  38. Amy Ching-Yan Lam: The Four Onions