Hippocrene Runs Dry
Yasmin Kaytmaz
August 9โ€“September 25, 2019
Opens Friday 9 August 2019, 6-9PM


Weight bearing fraud

For who is not the lecturer alongside the hypocrite

Attic stairs drop down and a window lights the way to cement limbs grown again

Darkness trails through the ceiling, light appears from behind

All things hidden drop down heavy


Right hoof forward

Strong foundations for the lamented agony of time

Wood is frail

Lean on


Ground hit

Ladder turned stone

Joints disabled

Back to the starting gate. 



Hippocrene Runs Drylays out the conspiring events of paradox, the misleading, the unforeseen, the known, but hope to be forgotten and the events that follow the tragedy of uncovering the devious truth.

Never was it that easy. The water didnโ€™t always taste so pure. Did the Greeks ever ask themselves, waking up in a sweatโ€ฆ โ€œDoes the idea have legs? Does it move? Or does it simply collapse under its own weight?โ€  

These are the last vestiges of a brutal race, the surviving fragments after laps over millennia.  Unstable forms. Unholy creations.


Hippocrene on Mount Helicon is the mythic, sacred spring of the Muses.  The โ€œfountain of the horse,โ€ sprung forth when Pegasus stamped its hoof and brought bubbling waters of inspirationโ€ฆ The divine act of creation.  Athena bursting from the brow of Zeusโ€ฆ  

Hereโ€™s a riddle:  Can you use your own legs while riding on the backs of others?  Or does one negate the other? Hereโ€™s another: What creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, three in the evening?  Has the march of time made us all weary? Have the waters run us dry?


Yasmin Kaytmaz (b.1995) previously attended Parsons The New School and focused primarily on sculpture in the Fine Art Department. She is currently a living and working artist in New York City.


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