A spread consisting of eight works from Phase One of “Cage Dies Bird Flies,” my on-going collaboration with painter Dale Williams, will appear in Issue #60 of the Hayden’s Ferry Review. To visit this print journal’s website, follow the link below:
Soon these chapters from it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines will be appearing in the following literary journals:
“Chapter 13”—Hotel Amerika (University of Nebraska), spring 2017
“Chapter 8”—SLAB (Slippery Rock University), spring 2017
“Chapter 12”—The Off Beat (Michigan State University), spring 2017
Each timeline (or chapter) in this experimental work was created in response to a drawing the artist Dale Williams left on my desk chair without warning in the Midtown Manhattan office where we both worked to support our art endeavors.
Five new paintings by my frequent collaborator Dale Williams are now on view at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center located on a site once home to “decrepit, aged, and worn-out seamen.” For more information follow this link: http://snug-harbor.org/event/eutopia/
Excerpt from my exhibition catalog essay
The voice of a Williams line howls and serenades in turn.
Consider Man of Iron (1993):
Four coins are balanced on the tips of his bent upraised right hand. Trousers are belted, the buckle’s rendering a tender anointment on poor dark cloth. Over a shirtless hairy chest dangles the fearsome necklace with its bone-like icons and mini-saber.
Above this mercurial business looms a face—unshaven, dog-shaped jaw but human elsewhere, intent gaze fixed on a point off-stage.
And yet the captivating figure of the man does not even anchor this tableau! Rather, he serves as a launching point for the eye’s journey between numerous visual centers executed with equal conviction.
The viewing of the work has to it the intensity that one imagines accompanied the act of making the work, and that is another feat—to offer up the thing itself and the tumult of gestation.
From the grizzled visage I always turn toward the tablet-like scrawl of text to his far left: I can’t abide your hatred of me. I won’t let you go without fighting. Do not dream I am someone else with nobler intent . . .
On the edge of this plea another face floats. The mask-like entity peers over the man’s landscape like a guardian spirit. What do the slit eyes see? Where are we? It is hard to tell.
Between the two faces and the tablet exists a fourth “center” of the painting—the restive abstraction of environment, a swirl and smack of lines and stains, gray moods, shadow tones, and a floating gun’s spectral threat of violence. Were the rest of the painting scraped away this layer alone would amount to a major thing to look at, wonder over.
The whole of interacting visual centers stirs forth a dense synthesis of the material and ephemeral. There are dozens of equally dynamic works in this remarkable and long overdue show. Spending time in their company one thing swiftly becomes clear.
Depiction is never a Williams goal. Revelation is.
Click on the link below to access the chapter of IT ALL MELTS DOWN TO THIS: A NOVEL-IN-TIMELINES that appears in issue two of the journal Weirderary:
The exhibit of prime specimens from my on-going collaboration with artist Dale Williams continues until November 29 at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn, New York, 333 Douglass Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenue).
Follow the link below to view a brief video of Dale—in the guise of renowned pianist Van Deerborn—accompanying my taped vocalizations of 10 urban elements that frequently inform the text-based “CAGE DIES” paintings: Concrete, Soot, Sun, Coffee, Trains, Buttons, Snow, Garbage, Hair, Balconies.
Fifteen paintings based on texts of mine are currently being exhibited in a funky space near the Gowanus Canal. For more details follow the link below:
For those in the NYC-area, Threes Brewing is located two blocks from the Union Street stop on the R line. On Sunday night, October 18, at 6:30 pm, my collaborator Dale Williams will be performing a Fantasia of Some Elements, playing piano to the tune of a recording I recently made out west.
This second link will transport you to a terrific interview with Dale just posted on the Arts Gowanus site: