this is visual poetry by barbara toothpick

toothpick-cover-225x300I have been at this creating thing a long time… using images words sounds together. Figured that if i could trust the essence of one discipline i would really be safe trusting three. How else to get to truth… to became awake… to choose a path through the chaos.  toothpick-headshot-150x200

Did the usual things… visited ahKuhDemeEeeuh for some degrees… worked… raised children… grew lots of soil… found out how to be peaceful with a mate and friends… volunteered… managed to keep the money balanced… an uneventFULL life. EhkSieeeeTting… every day i go to the studios playing G.O.D. with the things at hand… looking to build constructs that want to hang out together over time. Sometimes i succeed. I’ve wrote the ultimate list of topics.

barbara says: Barbara Toothpick’s work has been shown, performed or collected (sometimes with her mate Alan HorseRadish) at Abington Art Center, Penn State Gallery, Free Library of Philadelphia, Moma/Franklin Furnace, Franklin Institute, Oberlin College, Tides Institute, College of the Atlantic, Philadelphia Museum of Art and other private and ephemeral galleries. Ten of her books of picture/pohms have been published Her CD’s (with AH)… Maine Songs from a Different Head is available from CD Baby and iTunes.

She is somewhat of a recluse preferring her studios to most company. Her current notion of poetry has grown out of experimenting with angst/rapture, action/politics, and story past/future… into the notion that the moment of insight… the Now of word and image implies all of that and more. She uses drawings and rightspelled words to lead… in with and under the obvious… into a bigger space.

Currently she is in rehearsal for Dance Of Life… a dance performance (with art book score/script) for which she designed the music/blocking/story. She is painting off the wall paintings for an upcoming show and she is co- designing a 20’ metal outdoor sculpture piece she hopes will “sing.”

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this is visual poetry by Samuel Philips

philips-cover-225x300Lift-off into a colorless world where the letter has been freed from slavery. Visual poetry allows its creator to set dynamite to the rules of English language, period. Letter forms are explored for their pure linear beauty. I have consciously sucked the oxygen out of the   alphabet to create a frantic upheaval in its behavior. Letters are stripped down to their contrasting silhouettes where they dance to the sound of a new tongue. These linguistic landscapes scrape against time while escaping the stifling expectations and norms of communication.

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this is visual poetry by Thomas James

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Each of these works of language art uses exactly the same amount of letters and punctuation. For me, this symbolizes the fascinating way in which communication works; the endless possibilities of combination and recombination. Each of these works is also framed. This represents the framework of sharing information (or disinformation). Some of the works seem to defy gravity; others create an atmosphere of mystery. The blue is a nod to Yves Klein, whose life of art fascinates me.

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