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Gonchlog update

gonchlog-025The Gonchlog involves cutting the letters of “Gonch” from various consumer magazines and pasting them onto accounting paper. The source, its date of publication, and volume number are noted. The intention is to draw out that key nonsense word from these commercial propaganda vehicles in order to find a way forward. Or something like that. I have completed over 350 of these to date.

This entry comes from Architectural Digest, November 2016.

Gonchlog update

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The Gonchlog involves cutting the letters of “Gonch” from various consumer magazines and pasting them onto accounting paper. The source, its date of publication, and volume number are noted. The intention is to draw out that key nonsense word from these commercial propaganda vehicles in order to find a way forward. Or something like that. I have completed over 350 of these to date.

This entry comes from Epic Life, Winter 2015-2016.

Gonchlog update

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The Gonchlog involves cutting the letters of “Gonch” from various consumer magazines and pasting them onto accounting paper. The source, its date of publication, and volume number are noted. The intention is to draw out that key nonsense word from these commercial propaganda vehicles in order to find a way forward. Or something like that. I have completed over 350 of these to date.

This entry comes from Teen Vogue, December/January 2012.

Gonchlog update

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The Gonchlog involves cutting the letters of “Gonch” from various consumer magazines and pasting them onto accounting paper. The source, its date of publication, and volume number are noted. The intention is to draw out that key nonsense word from these commercial propaganda vehicles in order to find a way forward. Or something like that. I have completed over 350 of these to date.

The present example comes from American Girl from March/April 1998.

“This Changes Everything” and two other poems plus four vispo published in Otoliths

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Otoliths 54, the Southern Winter 2019 issue, was released today, encompassing another encyclopedic cross section of the international avant garde in textual and visual works. I’m very pleased to be included with four visual poems and three new text pieces: “This Changes Everything,” “See What’s All About,” and “What We See.” You can check them out here.

The vispo are part of a small series of “tape sample” works made by pulling images from a daily newspaper using cellophane tape. The texts are part of a series inspired by the Facebook AI units that created their own language using English words with new semantic and syntactical values.

 

Five visual poems published in Utsanga

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Utsanga is an online journal for experimental literary work, edited from Italy. Utsanga #20 was released recently, filled with visual and textual work from across the international avant garde. According to the Facebook announcement:

“Utsanga.it: il numero 20, giugno 2019, è online con Wellington Amancio, Mariangela Guatteri, David Chirot, Anna Serra, Ruggero Maggi, Michael Filler, Nico Vassilakis, Kristine Snodgrass, Paolo Allegrezza, Carmine Lubrano, Martina Stella, Marcus Volz, Leo Barth, David Kjellin, Stephen Nelson, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Karla Van Vliet, Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset, Vitaldo Conte, Volodymyr Bilyk, Francesco Aprile, Simon Costello, Sacha Archer, Richard James Biddle, Oronzo Liuzzi, Nùria Martìnez Vernis, Nancy Scott Bell, Mark Young, Louis Crane, John M. Bennett, Tom Cassidy, Jeff Bagato, Hank Lazer, Giovanni Cardone, Giorgio Moio, Giorgia Romagnoli, George Sabov, Du Ru Xie Bai, Chris Turnbull, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Carla Hackenschmidt, Cal Priest, József Bíró, Bill Bissett, Annie Bergson, Anna Boschi, Alexander Limarev, Neus Borrell, Pierre Bastien i Nicodemes Mendes.”

I’m pleased to be included with five pieces of visual poetry from an early tape sample series. All the pieces were made by “sampling” daily newspapers using cellophane tape. You can check out the selection here.

3 vispo published in 3:AM Magazine

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Online literary journal 3:AM Magazine regularly published visual poetry of a specific aesthetic they call “poem brut,” referring to handmade pieces with an outsider feel. Today, three of my visual poems appeared in the magazine. You can check them all out here.

I called these pieces “tape samples” because I discovered them while “reading” newsprint sources using cellophane tape, collecting ink residue in a kind of analog sampling process. Maybe this evidence confirms the unfathomable world hidden behind the clutter of advertising and news reports with their nakedly cynical purposes. I’m always searching for these alternate spaces; I find them reassuring.

Since I made the series of pieces in the 90s, they have acquired a nice patina of age as the newspaper sticking to the tape turned brown. The backing paper was always that tan color.

Four asemic calligraphy poems published in Utsanga

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Utsanga is an online journal for experimental writing and theory, based in Italy. The journal’s nineteenth issue, the first of 2019, was released today (March 31) with a who’s who of contributors from the international avant lit scene, including Francesco Aprile, Tim Gaze, Mark Young, Rosaire Appel, John M. Bennett, and many others. Well worth checking out. I’m very pleased to have been included this time with a selection of four pieces of asemic calligraphy. You can check them out here.

Five asemic writing pieces published at The New Post-literate

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The New Post-literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing is a weblog exploring “asemic writing in relation to post-literate culture.” Scan its entries to find a massive catalog of imaginary scripts and pseudo-writing from around the world. Ultimately, these are scripts or images that look like writing, but have no semantic content. For me, the pieces have the same mysterious pull of looking at lost languages like Linear B, Harappan characters, or Easter Island’s rongorongo script, or even deciphered ones like Ancient Egyptian or Mayan hieroglyphs.

Today, the NP-L published five of my asemic writing pieces, which I made using a brush and India ink back in November 2017. I’m calling them “poems” but they could be prose poems, short stories, or grocery lists. Ultimately, it’s a type of visual poetry. You can check out the pieces here.