New . . . SJ Fowler’s Poem Brut project begins November 25th

We’re proud & excited to be supporting SJ Fowler’s Poem Brut, which begins in November.

Here are some details taken from the new Poem Brut website, which is packed with more information on events, exhibitions, commissioned work, publications etc

Poem Brut at Rich Mix : November 25th 2017 : 7pm – Free entry
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

A literary event celebrating of the visual, visceral, messy, handwritten and colourful in poetry with new unique commissions from writers exploring alternate ways of making literature. Each presentation will be different from the last, with readings, performances and talks alongside pop up exhibits, interactions, video poems and interactions.

Featuring new work from Harry Man, Imogen Reid, Stephen Emmerson, Hiromi Suzuki, Lotje Sodderland, Paul Hawkins, Chloe Spicer, Kate Wakeling and more. Commissions include explorations of erasure and lettering, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and poetry, conceptual editing and the poem as gif.

The event will also be the launch of SJ Fowler’s book I fear my best work behind me with Stranger Press.

The Poem Brut will encompass four new limited edition art books and an exhibition at Rich Mix as well as, beyond SJ Fowler’s own work, a programme of books, events, exhibitions and installations that explores the visual and contextual character of poetry and text, and in so doing the overlaps between modern art and modern poetry.

About the project: What is in the shape of a letter? What images do words recall? What is the meaning of colour in poetry and text upon the page? And white space? How does the situation of a poem change its meaning? Why is composition not a concept that applies to a medium that is innately visual? In literature, why has content overwhelmed context? Why has product dominated process? In the UK especially these questions fundamental to most other artforms have been neglected. The Poem Brut, in a playful, creative and accessible manner, aims to redress some of these concerns.

The Poem Brut explores the language art, the art of poetry – handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, concrete poetry and more. This is an examination of words that are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look. A celebration of scribbling, crossings out, forgotten notes, strange scrawls – the odd interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, and the colours that randomly collide. It is a project about the page as a block, about geometry, about lines that sever meaning, about inarticulate shapes, about minimalism and collage. It is about making, gesturing towards the handmade, the amateur, the outside, liquid and wood, ugliness, toilet wall draughtsmanship and mess. It is a response to being called an artist in the poetry world, and a poet in the arts world.

As a major part of our day becomes how much time to spend online, and a movement slowly arises to disengage from online existence, so The Poem Brut is also intended to be a tiny return to the obscure, inarticulate, child-like intensity of our making marks upon a page, pen, brush, pencil to paper, that which underpinned the art brut and all it was influenced by.

Drawing on the great post-war figures of avant-garde poetry and visceral text art, and so interrogating the limitations of these definitions, The Poem Brut will refer back to European figures still profoundly underappreciated in the UK, most especially in literature. Henri Michaux, Christian Dotremont, Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, the CoBrA group, Messa.

Works that explore language as markings, that return to the lost languages of linguistic history alongside the immediacy of groundbreaking art movements that used text freely and influenced practitioners from Basquiat to Twombly, will be created and brought into focus. Both those who pioneered such works in poetry and art will be brought together, from the last seven decades and the now.

Publications

I FEAR MY BEST WORK BEHIND ME : Stranger Press
SJ Fowler : launched on November 25th 2017 at Rich Mix

ALETTA OCEAN’S ALPHABET EMPIRE : Hesterglock Press
SJ Fowler : launched on December 9th 2017 at Rich Mix Gallery

THE COLLECTED SCRIBBLING OF SJ FOWLER : ZimZalla
launched on March 16th 2018 at Rich Mix

THE NEW PRIM : Hesterglock Press
SJ Fowler : launched on March 16th 2018 at Rich Mix

There’s much more on the Poem Brut website

Lots more on Steve’s visual art projects on his website here

 

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Diisonance Launch

Insightful #diisonance book launch review by Kirsty Watling . . .

the contemporary small press

On Friday 8 September, a curious group of people met at The Gallery Café in Bethnall Greenfor the launch of Diisonance– a book of protest texts, art and collaborative experimental poetry. A solitary microphone stood among café tables in front of a curtain of lights. Paul Hawkins welcomed us, an intimate rabble, before swiftly tearing pages from his latest work Place Waste Dissent: ‘I’m not precious about my work,’ he said.
Place Waste Dissent– published by Influx Press in 2015 – utilises zine culture using ‘scuzzy xeroxed black and white images, cut and stark, pasted typewriter text, drawings and signs.’ The book commemorates a love and loss of Claremont Road, where government plans to construct the M11 Link road tagged every property for demolition and destroyed a flourishing community. Protestors formed a cooperative resistance, exercising their rights and causing dissonance between the community and the status quo. Place Waste Dissent ‘takes the aesthetics of poetry as…

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Cairn Almanac Sheffield Launch, this Weds

Dan Eltringham launches Cairn Almanac in Sheffield tonight . . .

M / H / D

Wednesday 11 October

Double PoetryBook Launch

WINE | POSSIBLY | EVEN | CRISPS

Waterstones, Orchard Square, 6.10pm

All welcome!

Dan Eltringham, Cairn Almanac, Hesterglock Press, 2017

Rosemary Badcoe, Drawing a Diagram, Kelsay Books, 2017

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Coming in November . . . SJ Fowler / HARD TO READ

HARD TO READ – Collected Paint Poems, Pansemia, Cinematic Drawings and Logograms
SJ FOWLER // Rich Mix Gallery – December 9th 2017 to January 6th 2018

Once we understand excess, then we can get really simple.
Robert Rauschenberg

From the gallery “Collecting together the art poetry of SJ Fowler, this solo exhibition aims to pose several questions of the poem as a concrete, visual thing in the world. What is in the shape of a letter and what images do words recall? What is the meaning of colour in poetry and text upon the page, and white space? How does the situation of a poem change its meaning? Why is composition not a concept that applies to a medium that is innately visual? In literature, why has content overwhelmed context? Why has product dominated process? HARD TO READ poses these questions and answers them poorly, playfully, with over 40 original works drawn from multiple publications and previous exhibitions – works that interrogate handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, scribbling, crossings out, forgotten notes, strange scrawls – the odd interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, and coloured words that randomly collide with image recalling words.

This is an exhibition about the page as a block, about geometry, about lines that sever meaning, about inarticulate shapes, about minimalism and collage. It is about making, gesturing towards the handmade poem, the amateur poet, the outside, liquid and paper, the absence of technology, and ugliness – toilet wall draughtsmanship and mess. It is a response to being called an artist in the poetry world, and a poet in the arts world.”

This is my second solo exhibition and will kick off The Poem Brut, a new project I’m doing which includes the books I fear my best work behind me (Stranger Press 2017), Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire (Hesterglock Press), The Collected Scribblings of SJ Fowler (Zimzalla 2018). It’s also part of my time as Rich Mix Associate Artist.

HARD TO READ exhibition launch Dec 9 at Rich Mix 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA

More info here

Coming soon : The Poem Brut

Four new limited edition art books and an exhibition at Rich Mix as well as, beyond my own work, a programme of books, events, exhibitions and installations that explores the visual and contextual character of poetry and text, and in so doing the overlaps between modern art and modern poetry.

The Poem Brut explores the language art, the art of poetry – handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, concrete poetry and more. This is an examination of words that are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look. As a major part of our day becomes how much time to spend online, and a movement slowly arises to disengage from online existence, so The Poem Brut is also intended to be a tiny return to the obscure, inarticulate, child-like intensity of our making marks upon a page, pen, brush, pencil to paper, that which underpinned the art brut and all it was influenced by.

Drawing on the great post-war figures of avant-garde poetry and visceral text art, and so interrogating the limitations of these definitions, The Poem Brut will refer back to European figures still profoundly underappreciated in the UK, most especially in literature. Henri Michaux, Christian Dotremont, Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, the CoBrA group, Messa.

Works that explore language as markings, that return to the lost languages of linguistic history alongside the immediacy of groundbreaking art movements that used text freely and influenced practitioners from Basquiat to Twombly, will be created and brought into focus. Both those who pioneered such works in poetry and art will be brought together, from the last seven decades and the now.

I fear my best work behind me / Stranger Press : November 2017

A book of poem-bruts. A fractured, overwhelmed, handwritten victim of colour, brutalist child-like portraiture, abstract illustration and negative space. The works call back to the post-war and latter 20th century explorations of the CoBrA group – especially – Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel – who have been influential on my thinking and work. / Artworks have been published in Oxford Poetry, Test Centre magazine, Gorse Magazine, Partisan Hotel, Fractalia. http://www.stevenjfowler.com/ifear

Aletta Ocean’s Alphabet Empire / Hesterglock Press : 25 November 2017

A book of pansemic or asemic writings, hand wrought, using indian ink, techniques edging around writing, vying with abstraction, watercolour. The drawings of Henri Michaux, the writing art of Christian Dotremont, others I can throw in, Yves Klein.

New Prim / Hesterglock Press : 2018

The obscure, inarticulate, child-like intensity of the movement of the hand while writing – deliberately rough, handworked. The words are meant to make you squint, to battle for legibility, rather than you be able to pinch and extend your thumb and forefinger against the page to get a closer look. Scribbling is more interesting than type, as are crossings out, as are forgotten notes, strange scrawls, gesturing toward the handmade, the amateur, the outside, a tiny gesture of mine towards paint, ink and paper, towards liquid and wood, ugliness, toilet wall draughtsmanship and mess.

DIISONANCE book launch

We had a great night at the DIISONANCE book launch w/ special guest Gary Budden, Sarer Scotthorne, Roy McFarlane & Tony White at The Gallery Cafe, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London.

diisonance launch

We had a really enjoyable and successful launch of diisonance last Friday at The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. There were some powerful and provocative readings, copies of the book were sold and there was a good audience, including some very old friends.

Many thanks to all who came along and supported the diisonance book and project.

Here are some photos from the evening, we filmed all the reading and will put them online as soon as they are ready.

There are many more photos on @haulpawkins & @H_G_Press twitter accounts.

#diisonance collaboration with CapLet

caplethesterglock

There’s a facebook event page here, more on diisonance here and on the venue here.