Because you may never come to DeLand, we bring DeLand to you. This is a place as circular as this View Master reel. Everything spreads all the time, inside and out. The woman who passes by your house every day at noon might actually be a ghost. The ghost in the cemetery may be still alive. Bright colors, many greens, the world is not as it seems. Madison Creech works with fiber arts and Teresa Carmody works with sentences. For this project, we conferred about the ever-present death and growth of Central Florida, before walking our separate ways around DeLand to make seven images (Creech) and seven sentences (Carmody). Later, we paired the images with the text, almost exactly in the order that we .presented them to each other. DeLand. Something somewhere is not quite right, but that's all right.
About the artists
Teresa Carmody's books include Maison Femme: a fiction (text-image collaboration with Vanessa Place) and Requiem (short stories). She’s the author of several chapbooks, most recently Hide and See published by No Press. Other short work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Two Serious Ladies, St. Petersburg Review, Diagram, Faultline, Entropy, and more. Carmody is co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books in Los Angeles, and director of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.
Madison Creech is the Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. She holds an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University and a BFA and BS in textile, merchandising, and fashion design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served as faculty associate at Arizona State University, instructing surface design, and has held residencies at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Techshop, in Chandler, Arizona. Her work has been widely exhibited across the country, including 31st Annual Materials Hard and Soft at Denton Arts, This Must Be the Place at the Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery and Future Fabrication: SDA International Exhibition In Print. She has been the recipient of a number of distinguished awards, including the Juror’s Award from the Surface Design Association’s Explorations exhibition, the Rudy Turk Award for History in American Craft from ASU, and the Mary Beason Bishop and Francis Sumner Merit Scholarship from the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. For more information about Madison Creech, please visit, http://www.creechers.com/.
That Loud-Assed Colored Silence: Turntablism
That Loud-Assed Colored Silence: Turntablism is a bonus track to the TLACS series, published in the award-winning collection, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016). Through the View-Master interface, this new work encourages the reader to consider a blend of book and turntable, sight and sound, reading and scratching.
About the artist
Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). BOMB says: “[Buck Studies] remaps the 20th century in a project that is both lyrical and epic, personal and historical.” Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts. douglaskearney.com
Kursiv #1-7 exhaustively uses every letter from a single sheet of dry-transfer lettering to create a suite of fragile typographic snowflakes. Each image, suspended within glassine film as part of a View Master slide, suggests a logo for an impossible business – or an alien script – caught between one dead media and another.
About the artist
Derek Beaulieu is the author / editor of 20 collections of poetry, prose and criticism including two volumes of his selected work Please No More Poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States and Europe and has won multiple awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada.
SOFT WHITE FEEL FLOWER RUN
In SOFT WHITE FEEL FLOWER RUN, some of the words from a poem by Sawako Nakayasu escaped and took up residence between the abstracted folds of Japanese paper in a collaged painting by Naomi Kawanishi Reis. The artists listened and took notes of the rendezvous.
About the artists
Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation – separately and in various combinations. She has lived mostly in the US and Japan, briefly in France and China, and translates from Japanese. Two of her less conventional books include Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals, a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry, and Costume en Face – a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations. She is co-editor, with Lisa Samuels, of A Transpacific Poetics, a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She teaches at Brown University. Website: http://www.sawakonakayasu.net/.
Naomi Kawanishi Reis
Naomi Reis is a visual artist who investigates idealized spaces—the utopian architecture of modernism, paradise gardens, geodesics—through mixed-media paintings and installations. Her work has been supported by numerous residencies including Yaddo, Wave Hill, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Solo exhibitions include Youkobo Art Space (Tokyo) and Mixed Greens gallery (New York, NY). She was a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts Finalist in Painting. As a founding member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY and the art collective AN/OTHER NY, Reis also works on curatorial projects and related programming. Born in Shiga, Japan, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
We Are Young Lightning
After receiving a mysterious postcard with the enigmatic words “We Are Young Lightning” scribbled on it, Greg Santos has crafted a found poem steeped in nostalgia using words and images cut out from old magazines culled from local used bookstores.
About the artist
Greg Santos is the author of Rabbit Punch! and The Emperor’s Sofa. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, McSweeney’s, Best American Poetry Blog, World Literature Today, and more. He regularly works with at-risk communities and teaches at the Thomas More Institute. He is the poetry editor of carte blanche and lives in Montreal with his family. A new collection, Blackbirds, is forthcoming with Eyewear Publishing based out of London England in March 2018.