I, Sinkhole is a poem written with products in a Zazzle store. Where Andre Breton’s Poème-Objet constructions of the early 20th century incorporated everyday objects such as pearls, metal locks, a wooden egg, and a glass eye, I, Sinkhole translates the Poème-Objet construction into a kind of Poème-Produit where the radical availability presented by networked global culture in the 21st century is articulated in the everywhere and nowhere interspace of a Zazzle store. In this digital space, an infinite array of utilitarian objects - made strange by their proliferation and lack of context - can be immediately accessed by anyone in the world. As a further gesture of resistance to monological readings, the poem is fractured so that the reader must navigate multiple objects including a visor, a ping pong paddle, and a roll of breath mints, in order to fully apprehend the poem. The full poem can be ordered by purchasing all the products in the store, or each line may be ordered separately. A digital version of each product will be issued as a limited edition NFT and the physical objects can be purchased directly from Zazzle.
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.