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Trove in the studio

In the studio: canvases await sizing…coat after coat. The way work is done.

Waiting canvases

 

And on a work table, these:

Table full of "Faces"

 

I wouldn’t call it “cleaning up” the studio…Baz would never. But he was rearranging things with an eye to reviewing his use of ink without brushes over the past some years.  These works are all made with fingers and fingertips, palms, various sides of the hand, wrist, arm even.

IMG_6676The “Hudson River School” (selections from which are in Burt Kimmelman’s recently published book Gradually the World ) is just one series. “Thumbs” (selection in Amerarcana Review, 2013) is another.  Unpublished are “Snow Mixed with Rain,” “Waterfalls,”  “Hard Stuff,” “Whispers,” “Index,” and many more.

This week, in the course of his rearranging he uncovered “Faces” (dated 2011) seen here.

All these works are done in Higgins ink on heavy, sometimes handmade paper, salvaged as trimmings by SoHo Letterpress Brooklyn, maker of beautiful wedding invitations, and given  to him. (Thank you, Anne!)  Earlier, more work-a-day papers, were gifts of The Print Center. (Thank you, Bob Hershon.)  Of course everything is available for exhibition or publication.

 

Martha King Prose Prose Pros series Readings

Prose Pros celebrates “Ver Gangen Bangen Heit”

Or “Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau”

As the opening act of David Kirchenbaum’s marvelous Boog City Poetry and Music Festival this August, Elinor Nauen and I concocted a variant of the rolling or exquisite corpse.  The form comes from the Surrealists of course – a form of disruption, an invitation to party with Master Random.  We asked most of the people who had read in the series we’ve been running for five years to send us a squib: as short as a few words, no longer than a thick paragraph.  (For list addicts, their names are at the bottom.)

The contributions were liberally shuffled and leavened by squibs we appropriated from a group Elinor cheerily named “the perfessers.” (Crazy bunch, from Noam Chomsky to Gerald Burns.)  She and I somehow made a voice play, crammed with changes — in the midst of no little sense of crisis: Johnny Stanton was hit by a Hummer earlier this summer. He (and Elinor) have been beating a path through the wilderness of our non-system health care system since then.  I can happily report he’s amazing and is on a good but long road back.

Thus, on Thursday, August 2, we hit the stage at Side Walk Café on Avenue A: Elinor, Martha, Mike DeCapite, and Francis Levy.I won’t deign to describe it.  I’m hoping to post an MP3 file (it’s about 25 minutes long) as soon as I learn how!  Stay tuned.

There were no photographs.  These are all lifted from earlier events.

For the August event, Elinor (left) wore a shirt that demanded “What part of Uff-Da don’t you understand?”and Martha (right) carried a feather duster
Mike DeCapite proclaimed, “No hats!” and took part in mufti. Photo by David Hooker.
Francis Levy and the beloved late great Philoctetes. For Prose Pros, Francis topped himself with a soft stuffed horned helmet.

Texts were from:  Francis Levy, Stephaine Dickinson, Sanjay Agnihotri, Mischa Merz, Joan Silbur, Sharon Mesmer, Hettie Jones, Susan Sherman, Martha King, Leonore Skenazy, Carmen Firan, Basil King, Pierre Joris, Burt Kimmelman, Mitch Levenberg, Sparrow, Andrei Codrescu, Bob Holman, Tony Towle, Mike DeCapite, Terence Patrick Winch, Diane Simmons, and Winston Herschel, deeply masked, with Donald Smith, Michael Palmer,Edmond Jabes,Gerald Burns, Ford Madox Ford, Donald Phelps, and Noam Chomsky.

 

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September 22: Basil King at Anthology Film Archives

The Friends of Basil King will present “Basil’s Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King” at Anthology Film Archives,  32 Second Avenue at Second Street, New York City, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Sponsored by Lunar Chandelier Press — this free event includes conversations about King’s visual art illustrated by slides, with critics and poets including Edna Augusta, William Benton, Laurie Duggan, Tom Fink, Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Harry Lewis, Kimberly Lyons, Tom Patterson, George Quasha, Corinne Robbins, Barry Schwabsky, Lilly Wei, and others….

Along with these discussions there will be performances of original music inspired by King images (“The Green Man”  by Daniel Staniforth) and King text (“I Have a Little Song” from Mirage, by Nicole Peyrafitte).

"Two Kings--Green" - from the King of Diamonds series, mm/canvas, 44" x 60", 2011, ©Basil King.

Brief selections from King’s texts will be read by invited poets.

The highlight of the event will be the debut screening of a 22-minute film portrait, Basil King: MIRAGE, commissioned by The Friends of Basil King, and created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.

Save the date! You are invited!

 

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What is “The Friends of Basil King”?

Poet Kimberly Lyons initiated this idea—and the whole is now a project of Kim’s small press, Lunar Chandelier.  Here’s the official announcement:

Lunar Chandelier Press is proud to present Basil’s Arc on September 22, 2012, in New York City – A consideration of the paintings and poetics of the painter/poet Basil King, now in his 77th year. 

The event will include the premiere of a film by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, “Basil King: MIRAGE,” commissioned by The Friends of Basil King, performances of music inspired by King’s visual art, and discussions and presentations on the sources and implications of his aesthetics. 

[To see the trailer of the film –and to give a donation (any amount will help)– please scroll to the earlier blog entry on “Basil King: MIRAGE.” ]

Before I was approached, Kim had invited Vincent Katz and Mitch Highfill.  I suggested adding Burt Kimmelman.  And I joined in as a highly interested member.Vincent urged us not to create a huge committee because it would soon become way too hard to get anything decided.  So we stopped here.

But we wanted to have input from the poetry community – and the following poets accepted invitations to be advisors.  They are:

Vyt Bakaitis

Lee Ann Brown

CA Conrad

John High

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

David Kirschenbaum

Mark Lamoureux

Eileen Myles

Elinor Nauen

Tom Patterson

Nicole Peyrafitte

George Quasha

Kyle Schlesinger

George Stanley

Eileen Tabios

Lewis Warsh

Jeffrey C. Wright

Anne Waldman

Karen Yager