Asemic visual poetry collaboration by Laura Ortiz (Toronto, Canada) and De Villo Sloan (Auburn, New York, USA)
I am thrilled to have completed a series of snail mail collaborations with the great Laura Ortiz in Canada. Laura Ortiz is well known in the asemic community and scarcely requires an introduction. She is a past contributor to Asemic Front. Laura Ortiz is prolific, and I believe she has done wonders with the material I sent her. She also generated enough finished pieces that I will spread our labors over several posts.
Asemic visual poetry (with concrete elements) by Laura Ortiz (Canada) & De Villo Sloan (USA)
“Studies in Material Culture” by De Villo Sloan: A starter for an Asemic Front collab series.
I hope I’m not making things too complicated, but I am launching a collaboration series (a sub-series) within the Asemic Front project. (Asemic Front will not be closing any time soon.) This new series is called “Studies in Material Culture” and addresses – as you surely must ascertain – the materiality of asemics. The question is: Does this interest you?
If so, contact me and I will send a starter. Otherwise, I am selecting visual poets and artists whom I believe are working with material culture in interesting ways. In the meantime, the Asemic Front you know (and hopefully love as I do) will continue as you’ve known it. I will still post regular asemics, visual poetry, concrete poetry and related work that is not necessarily connected to anthropological or linguistic issues of cultural production.
Here is the concept: Consider the “Studies in Material Culture” starter sheet the cover of a journal. (No such publication exists (although there is actually a related academic journal devoted to material culture; AF has no connection to the other journal.)
Assuming a focus on visual poetry and asemics, help to design this cover for our “Studies in Material Culture.” Perhaps you might want to consider the collab a page of this imaginary journal. That’s okay. Hopefully, we will have many pieces in the series. Again, feel free to contact me if you would like to participate in “Studies in Material Culture.”
Asemic Front starter by De Villo Sloan for the “Studies in Material Culture” Series
Asemic visual poem by Audrey Enough (Montreal, Canada)
I am very pleased to be able to share another composition by the Canadian artist who calls herself Audrey Enough. I believe the work is essentially calligraphy, but roots in concrete poetry are evident, along with a pronounced structure. The piece also has a lyric-textual quality.
Asemic visual poem by Audrey Enough (De Villo Sloan remix)
Asemic visual poetry collab by Gerda Osteneck (Saskatchewan, Canada) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)
Canadian artist and correspondent Gerda Osteneck mailed me an envelope of artist’s ephemera that included carefully considered collage material. That inspired these Asemic Front collabs, and I assume the core images were created by Gerda.
She is a wonderful artist. I know she is familiar with visual poetry and asemic writing; however, I am not sure she ever consciously intended to be part of the Asemic Front project. I am also not sure Gerda Osteneck is used to the amount of digital manipulation and glitching you find here. So I beg her indulgence and thank her profusely for joining us on Asemic Front.