Friday, September 17, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Laura Ortiz' book Unwritings is available now at Amazon.
Laura best explains her work here: "Unwritings: A Journey to Visual Poetry presents the multidimensional visual poetry artwork of Laura Ortiz from 2016 to 2021. It tells the visual story of her quest of self-discovery as an avant-garde artist. As a member of the international avant-garde movement INISMO, each visual piece featured in this book displays a multidimensional treatment through the interaction of layers of colors, geometric shapes, photography, and automatic and composed symbolic language, saturating it with mysterious, mystic, arcane meanings. Automatic calligraphic writings, symbolic writings and visual elements interact with each other to create new itineraries of meanings, sometimes evoking the hieroglyphs from ancient cultures, past and present language systems of aboriginal civilizations, Chinese and Japanese characters, present spiritual esoteric systems of belief and practice, or the world itself, which is always evolving and changing."
Laura Ortiz' Unwritings opens with her own introduction written in a kind of false Latin interspersed with other apocryphal languages, a great opening for a book in which possible archaic languages are suggested in a strongly visual context. Her introduction, however, is not completely without sense: “Ditaturiore quiam faciatur magnam volessu ntibusapel et liquunt eatet aliquo experruptisi sape perferest la consera tionsec estiandita volest, si comnis alia qui officiet laborro...”, which seems to be commentary about the type of writing she is interested in. Her works in the book are a melding of visual poetry, holographic abstract writing, drawing, and drawn writing. The result, rather than appearing to be a creation of fake archaic documents, is a very contemporary visual art, that includes writing as a kind of atmosphere, a colorant that adds an important depth or explanation to the overall impact, in that handwriting in itself is expressive of meaning, quite apart from any lexical content it might (or might not) have. It is no surprise that this Argentine/Canadian poet is associated with the international INI group and movement. Her work here, deeply colorful, and unique, has a strong transcultural and trans linguistic appeal. I look forward to seeing more of Laura Ortiz' work!
—Dr. John M. Bennett
One of the many qualities of Laura Ortiz’s visual work is her multiplication of graphic layers into a complex sequencing. Her Unwritings create an anti- or hyper- semantic environment, which brings to mind the construction of perspectives / architecture. One isn’t sure if their eye is drawn to the quasi-texts or to the abstract lines and areas of color.
At the same time, these multi-layered interventions seem to be superpositions and overlapped strata forming a kind of coexisting drawings, or if you will, whose identity cannot be reduced to a single (restrictive) definition. No one side seems to prevail and assume the role of the first “code” on the page. All of them contribute to the overall impact that the piece has on the reader.
If one of the INI’s poetics statements describes “densely packed arrangements of letters, words, glyphs, and symbols” where often “images and abstract shapes are superposed”, it can definitely be said that most of the experiments Ortiz is practicing since (at least) the year 2016 –––up to now go in that direction. And she’s perfectly aware of it, as her afterword states.
The pages that are filled with single glyphs or waterfalls of simple intertwined signs bring our imagination to extremely far regions: maybe times past. When/where some letters appear to have an Etruscan impact we may see the cultural heritage of some Western civilizations. (And a kind of “legacy feeling” in the vast aesthetic field, too.)
Chessboards, orbits, dialogues between impossible languages, between volumes that face each other, and circles that recall Kriwet’s alphabets, invite us to and lead us through a journey. That journey is both inside (but also outside!); series of signs which paradoxically appear to be alien because they’re actually deeply rooted in our mind.
Unwritings has brilliant, new dimensional and invented abstraction of visual poetry works. Get ready to dive in these spectacular avant-garde Masterpieces by Laura Ortiz.
“Laura is a
Persephone-Sophia; catching divine sparks and sharing their illuminations.”
“Laura Ortiz is a Decoder, a Journalist, Strong-of-Heart, a Journeyer, a Teller of Visions beyond the tale.”
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021
I was interviewed by Beth Kingston-Lee over at Utsanga: https://www.utsanga.it/jacobson-kingston-lee-michael-jacobson-interview-by-beth-kingston-lee/
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Glyphs of Uncertain Meaning by Tim Gaze is available now worldwide at Amazon!
GOUM is the 14th title released by PAP. It has been an adventure assembling the book and we are proud to announce its launch.
"This is a collection of improvised handwritten glyphs, some of them recognizable and some not. Influences include visual poetry, Asian brush calligraphy, prehistoric rock paintings and marker pen graffiti. Part of a wave of "asemic writing", this book transcends language and nationality to arrive at something truly global. These glyphs encourage you to learn new ways of reading, and ask you to question your understanding of what writing is. Tim Gaze is also known for Asemic Magazine, the sound poetry album Shapes, and the graphic novel 100 Scenes."
Since the late '90s, Tim Gaze has been active as a poet, writer, publisher, and performer. In particular, he has been very involved in the field of asemic writing, publishing Asemic Magazine and setting up the first website, www.asemic.net. His works include the graphic novel 100 Scenes, glitch poetry collection noology and sound poetry album Shapes. Recently, he completed a degree in linguistics, and hosts the radio show Sound Poetry etc. Dance music such as batida by the Principe Discos artists gets him going. The Adelaide Hills of Australia, in the traditional lands of the Peramangk people, is his home.
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