Commissioned by the late Jenni Baker for Container (acontainer.co) as part of their Multitudes series, Grand Dessein is a Rolodex card file repurposed into a meditation on the poetics of “found-ness”. The 280 cards create a recursive surreal juxtaposition of found poems and poetics from the diaries of Paul Klee on the nature of art and writing. The cards also include cut out segments of sketches from the diaries; discarded photographs found in a box on a street in Baltimore; Ikea furniture assembly instructions; the author’s own poems, and found wallpaper scraps. Some text on the cards is handwritten and others are stamped using letter stamps and ink. The individual paper cards were then dipped in melted beeswax, completing the piece’s overall handmade feel and unique aroma. Grand Dessein was acquired by the Special Collections library of St. Lawrence University.
Photo Credit: Jenni Baker, Douglas Luman
An online and physical survey/group show of text-based physical artworks by TheVERSEverse in partnership with L'Avant Galerie and Librairie Métamorphoses.
This is Part 2 of an exhibition. Part 1 "Poème Objkt", a conversation between poetry and the visual arts brought to life through the liminal play of the physical and the digital, opened in October 2022 at L’Avant Galerie Vossen.
2023 Crypto Art Award Shortlist, The Lumen Prize.