Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Watch This Film

This documentary film about Anselm Kiefer's work is playing at Cable Car tonight at 9pm. I'm not sure if tonight is the final showing. In any case, it's really incredible and everyone should go see it. I think it relates very strongly to Ozymandias.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818

Charles Bernstein

"The Task of Poetics, the Fate of Innovation, and the Aesthetics of Criticism"
University of Chicago, December 1, 2006

personism: a manifesto


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

more object poems

Now Showing

Object Poems
Curated by David Abel

November 4 – 26, 2011

Special Events

Artists’ Reception: First Friday, November 4, 2011, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading & Performance: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Curator On Site: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

About Object Poems

Object Poems brings together striking and varied works by contemporary artist-poets and poet-artists: poems in three dimensions; interactive poems; found poems; sculptural and utilitarian poems; conceptual poems; poems that depart in myriad ways from the familiar form of the printed page. The exhibition features more than thirty artists from across the United States, as well as Canada, England, Scotland, and Uruguay, including seven artists from Oregon.

David Abel, the curator, says that “there have been a number of exhibitions and publications devoted to the work of authors as artists: paintings, drawings, sculptures, created independently of the writings for which they are primarily known. To assemble this exhibition, in contrast, I searched for three-dimensional works that had been created as poems, by means of a compositional and poetic practice that was not separate from the artist’s written work. The range of genres, media, and styles is remarkable and demonstrates again the interdependence of advances in all the arts.”

View a full online catalog for Object Poems here.

Top of page image credits, left to right: © Niko Vassilakis, Harriet Bart, Michael Basinski