Visual Poetry and Other Animals
One might appropriate from any source, and play to compositional content, but I wonder if, in doing so, one is not contributing to a systematic destruction of lucid language structures and impoverishing dialectal stimulus? The new forms are image-text combinations which shape some sort of hybrid Ranger – a form which wanders the textual shadowlands finding somewhere to fit, no place to call home in a world beset with incoherent babble. Alteration and arrangement/re-arrangement of images and letters creates visual poetry.
There may be inherent references to certain historical movements/era’s or a simple modification of familiar elements which, through fragmentation find themselves in an alien scape, disrupted and referencing varying states of strange perceptions and self referential skepticism. Or perhaps it’s global cynicism, a distrust of structures that have gone before, a will and a way to address the sheer arbitrariness of our personal theatrical positions of quasi-intellectualism. I don’t know, but that last part sounded altogether familiar. This book contains pockets with visual poetry by John Bennett, Matthew Stolte, Pete Spence, Andrew Topel (USA) (collaboration), Vittore Baroni, Serge Luigetti (Italy) and Samuel Montalvetti (Argentina). My interest in these artists is their acknowledgment of the experimental nature of the work, that they are artists whose medium is language.
And here begins a final retelling of the Bhubezi Mythology. I intend making a large book of each of the characters and convolutions of this narrative. The pages are large – 45cm x 40 cm and each is handwritten and painted. I don’t quite know what possessed me – I think it was the Red Giraffe. The following are the introduction to the Bhubezi Women – The Women Who Hold up the World.