“The beginnings of a still life bowl of oranges poem” by Kerri Pullo (Tucson, Arizona, USA) (March 2018)
The Asemic Front project, in addition to collabs, is providing an opportunity to track the solo evolution of major asemic writers and visual poets. I deeply appreciate the generosity of these poets/artists and their willingness to participate.
Kerri Pullo’s work continues to generate great interest. Today I am very proud to present some of her stunning new pieces (although I’ve gone as far back as October 2017 to include some overlooked gems.)
As I wrote this intro in my mind walking on a country road in the snow (do you write that way?) I kept describing Kerri Pullo to myself as a “canary in the coal mine of asemic vispo.” That phrase is not accurate. I did want to convey how other members of our community (including myself!) look to her work for direction and inspiration.
Kerri Pullo is a leader in this field, only we pride ourselves in being so collaborative and supportive that – I believe – we avoid the idea of leadership, the “individual talent” of T.S. Eliot. Yet Kerri Pullo’s work has shaped the direction of asemics in recent years, and her work continues to be transformative. Articles about her and interviews with her have had a profound impact on asemic theory as well. Her background as a psychologist has enabled her to provide insights into why we are compelled to do asemic writing and why we are fascinated by it as “readers.”
So what might we conclude from these pieces gathered here? First, enjoy them! I am sure you will agree with me they are incredibly, astoundingly beautiful. To achieve this, Kerri Pullo has embraced complexity and moved in the direction of “asemic art,” which has gained considerable popularity of late. Her painterly skills have, in my opinion, never been better represented. I will note that she is also producing more minimal work that focuses on individual symbols, and I have included an example.
Thanks to Kerri Pullo and I hope the ever-supportive Asemic Front crew love this post as much as I do!
“It’s hard for thee to kick against the prick” by Kerri Pullo (March 2018)
“Truth doesn’t make a noise” by Kerri Pullo (March 2018)
“Amused to death” by Kerri Pullo (November 2017)
Asemic mail art by Kerri Pullo (sent to Allan Bealy, Brooklyn, NY) (October 2017)
Asemic mail art by Kerri Pullo (received by Allan Bealy, Brooklyn, NY) (October 2017). Photo courtesy of Allan Bealy