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April 2012

Big Bang: New Studio Visit

It's been a long time since I posted about what's happening in the studio.  I've lost interest somewhat in traditional oil painting, though I'm confident there will come a time when the paint imperative takes hold once more.  I've got a stash of new canvases on standby, for when I catch the flash of motivation for the painting project I'm toying with in my head.

Instead of painting, lately I've returned to photography (the discipline I've pursued for as many years as I've devoted to poetry).

My Treat

Last week I bought myself a treat to celebrate my participation in the "Visual Poetics" exhibition this month at Addison Center for the Arts. 

I went to see the wonderful people atA&A Studiosand bought a used Polaroid Spectra camera, as seen here.   I actually bought their advertised Spectra Starter Kit, because it came with a three-pack of all three Impossible Projectâ„¢ films created for use in the Spectra.  

In the days before digital photography (and way before cameraphones, much less smartphones and pads) the exciting Polaroid camera family made available vast new ranges of possibility for impatient photographers.

EmergencyINDEX is out!

Lots to say today! My contrib copies of EmergencyINDEX have arrived. It is a very exciting volume.  Anyone interested in performance (and the stretchiness of that term) will be fascinated by this wonderful annual.  The 2011 edition is the first in the run, so be an early adopter and get yoursNOW!

Navigating Confusion: Silicon vs. Silicone

Despite all my best intentions, sometimes I get snagged by linguistic pet peeves.  It makes me backslide into Stereotypical English Teacherâ„¢ mode, which is not a place I like to go. Nonetheless, I am forced to confront this demon and force it out through the power of instruction.  Today's lesson:  correctly choosing between the words siliconandsilicone.  

Here is a picture of a pair of dueling oven mitts made of that highly heat-resistant form of rubber known asSILICONE.

See some great visual poetry--including mine--this month at Addison Center for the Arts!

I'd like to announce a great exhibition of visual poetry opening on Monday, April 9 at the Addison Center for the Arts.  The show includes amazing work by many visual poets from the Chicago region and beyond, and is curated by Francesco Levato.  I provided ten pieces from my series "Natural History," though I don't know if all will be in the show. All the info is here, along with a nice image of one of my pieces, as a sample of what will be shown!  The gallery's info page is nice too as a source of info about visual poetry, its types and techniques.
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