Object Poems • Curated by David Abel

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Object Poems
Curated by David Abel

November 4 – 26, 2011

Special Event

Curator On Site: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

More information about 23 Sandy Gallery events here.

About Object Poems

Object Poems brings together striking and varied works by contemporary artist-poets and poet-artists: poems in three dimensions; interactive poems; found poems; sculptural and utilitarian poems; conceptual poems; poems that depart in myriad ways from the familiar form of the printed page. The exhibition features more than thirty artists from across the United States, as well as Canada, England, Scotland, and Uruguay, including seven artists from Oregon.

David Abel, the curator, says that “there have been a number of exhibitions and publications devoted to the work of authors as artists: paintings, drawings, sculptures, created independently of the writings for which they are primarily known. To assemble this exhibition, in contrast, I searched for three-dimensional works that had been created as poems, by means of a compositional and poetic practice that was not separate from the artist’s written work. The range of genres, media, and styles is remarkable and demonstrates again the interdependence of advances in all the arts.”

About the Curator

David Abel is a poet, editor, bookseller, interdisciplinary artist, and curator. He has organized more than two hundred literary and multi-arts events over the past thirty years in New York City, Albuquerque, and Portland. In 2007, he conceived and curated By All Means: Artist’s Books and Objects for the New American Art Union. A founding member of Portland’s Spare Room reading series, now in its tenth year, he is a copublisher of the Airfoil chapbook series, and publisher of the Envelope broadside series. The author of numerous chapbooks and artist’s books, he has also devised many solo and collaborative performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects. A Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno for 2010–12, and the coordinator of the Literary Arts program at Multnomah Arts Center in Portland (where he teaches poetry), he is currently co-administering (with Robert Tomlinson) 13 Hats, an eighteen-month collaborative project involving a dozen Portland visual artists and writers.

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