In 1997, the Scottish artist and concrete poet
Ian Hamilton Finlay produced an artist's book, Painting by Numbers: A Homage to Christopher Wood, which reduces 11 of Wood's maritime paintings to a playfully austere abstraction.
A writer, editor, performer, visual artist, concrete poet
, and chronicler of Fluxus--"a nonhistorian recounting the history of a non-movement," according to critic Gauthier Lesturgie--Williams has published a multitude of texts, anthologies, poetry collections, and artist's books.
I first came across the work of the Dominican monk, concrete poet
and scholar Dom Sylvester Houedard in the compendium Art without boundaries (Woods G, Thomson P & Williams J, Thames & Hudson 1972).
Ovid was a wonderful concrete poet
and would, in a way, paint a picture in words.
I was briefly noticed in the USSR at one time as a concrete poet
myself, though my games in that area were negligible: one evening I had instructed Andrej Voznesensky in the art, with due reference to suppressed Russian forerunners of opto-phonetic poetry, such as Kruchenykh, and of shamanic incantation, namely Velimir Khlebnikov, so he'd inferred that I actually did what I only knew about.
But this show's sole work, Bifurcated Life, 2011--comprising twenty-eight archival prints, each identically framed and hung in a single line across three walls--ultimately gives a more complicated portrait: The hastily generated, half-cocked thoughts scrawled by the artist in pencil suggest the hand of a Concrete poet
crossed with a serial killer.
Johnson says in ARK, "against stone I will set sound" (106), and here, as there, proves himself a concrete poet
with an uncannily musical ear, using repetition to create rhythms, but having the tact to leave his readers to find the meanings.
A pioneer of new-media art, this self-described concrete poet
quickly expanded his range to involve explosive mixed-media image-sound collages in the public sphere utilizing mass culture outlets ranging from wall painting, signage, and spoken word to radio, TV, and him.
Yet while colorful, they were unnecessary here: This exhibition showed his verse to be less a complement to his three-dimensional work than evidence that Andre is an accomplished concrete poet
in the vein of Jackson Mac Low and Dick Higgins.
RJ: And he [Robert Indiana] wasn't known as a concrete poet
though he learned from concrete poetry.
Three of the other exhibitors at this gallery during the 1969-70 season--the poet/art critic John Perreault, the concrete poet
Hannah Weiner, and the Conceptual artist Eleanor Antin--had all published poetry in avant-garde journals.
A concrete poet
branching out into the nonlinguistic world of sausages and garbage?