Asemic Front Collabs by Yayoi S.W. & De Villo Sloan

Yayoi S.W. -dvs 3.19.2018 - 1Asemic visual poetry collaboration by Yayoi S.W. (Kirkland, Washington, USA) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York USA)


My deepest thanks and a warm welcome are extended to artist Yayoi S.W. in Washington State. Her work, which I admire vey much, is often textual-visual. This has been a great experience working with her. She has made wonderful contributions here to the Asemic Front project. I am thrilled by her responses to the abstract and/or indeterminate foundations I sent her. These pieces were done exclusively via snail mail and are thus both “material culture” and mail art.




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Yayoi SW DVS - 3.19.2018 - 30008Asemic visual poetry collaboration by Yayoi S.W. (Kirkland, Washington, USA) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York USA



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Vispo Asemic Collabs by Mariano Filippetta (Italy) & De Villo Sloan (USA)

Collab by Mariano Filippetta (Samassi, Italy) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)


Here are collabs I did with artist Mariano Filippetta. I snail mailed the foundations to him in Italy. He shared photos of the finished work with me, which I present here. Filippetta used a highly abstract (and sometimes minimalist) approach, and I am very pleased with the results. I hope to share more of his work on Asemic Front.




Collab by Mariano Filippetta (Samassi, Italy) & De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)



By Mariano Filippetta and De Villo Sloan (2018). (Note: The asemic calligraphy in black was produced by DVS and Jason Motsch in an earlier collab and is recycled here.)



(Note: The asemic calligraphy in red was produced by DVS and Jason Motsch in an earlier collab and is recycled here.)


Detail study:




By Mariano Filippetta and De Villo Sloan (2018)



Asemic Writing by Kimm Kariako

Asemic writing by Kimm Kariako (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)


I am thrilled to introduce artist and asemic writer Kimm Kariako on Asemic Front. She produces a type of asemic visual poetry that contributes to and enriches the Asemic Front project. I find the various glyphs, organic calligraphy and deconstructed writing in this featured piece astounding and – incredibly – harmonious and structural. The suggestion of book pages (perhaps a deeply subjective response) further enhance the work.



“The beginnings of a still life bowl of oranges poem” & other asemics by Kerri Pullo

kerri the beginnings of a still life bowl of oranges poem (March 2018)“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!




Kerri It's hard for the to kick against the pricks (March 2018)

“It’s hard for thee to kick against the prick” by Kerri Pullo (March 2018)



Kerri truth doesn't make a noice (March 2018)

“Truth doesn’t make a noise” by Kerri Pullo (March 2018)



Kerri Amused to death (Nov 2017)

“Amused to death” by Kerri Pullo (November 2017)


Kerri m-a oct 2017

Asemic mail art by Kerri Pullo (sent to Allan Bealy, Brooklyn, NY) (October 2017)



Kerri m-a 10 2017 Allan Bealy

Asemic mail art by Kerri Pullo (received by Allan Bealy, Brooklyn, NY) (October 2017). Photo courtesy of Allan Bealy


Kerri bio pic

Kerri Pullo


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Digital Asemic Collab by Nancy Bell Scott & De Villo Sloan

nbs-dvs 3.9.2018 - 3Collab by Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA). (March 2018)


A recent piece that Nancy Bell Scott shared in the IUOMA asemic writing group inspired another Asemic Front collaboration between us. The piece seemed to invite me to translate it into digital forms, although I did make a material collage as well.




nbs - 3.8.2018 - master1Original foundation by Nancy Bell Scott



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Foundation digitized by De Villo Sloan



nbs-dvs 3.9.2018 - 1By Nancy Bell Scott and De Villo Sloan



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Five New Asemic Concrete Compositions by Federico Federici (Berlin, Germany)

Federico 3.8.2018 - 2By Federico Federici (Berlin, Germany) (2018)


Federico Federici’s hybrid experiments with asemics and concrete poetry are generating great interest in the international visual poetry community. As previous posts here testify, his work has relevance to the Asemic Front project. So I am very pleased that Federico Federici has shared these new works with AF.

Asemic Front is building a collection of work by Federici. Excellent examples of these unique asemic-concrete experiments can be found elsewhere as well. I suggest you look at his “Studies on asemic interferences on (and within) concrete structures” (nos. 3,4,7), which will also connect you with other interesting material:




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By Federico Federici (2018)



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Asemics by Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)

BG - 3.5.2018 - 11Asemic writing by Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)


It’s great to present asemic work by Texas-based artist Borderline Grafix on AF, a veteran of many previous projects we have both participated in and a master of avant and post-avant forms. Borderline Grafix uses a wide range here: calligraphy, construction of individual asemic symbols and a fluidity suggestive of street art. I especially like the color and the overall cohesive structure of the work.



BG - 3.5.2018 - 5 (good)By Borderline Grafix



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bg-3-5-2018-4.jpgBy Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)



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