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From Al Purdy's Storm Warning 2

From Al Purdy’s Storm Warning 2

In my reading around Al Purdy of late I came across a copy of Storm Warning 2. I would love to get the poems up too, but I’ll start with this amazing gallery of poets circa 1975.
Alex Porco in Conversation with Katherine Sehr: I’m Drawing a Language

Alex Porco in Conversation with Katherine Sehr: I’m Drawing a Language

[22 May 2014 – 3 June] Alex Porco (AP): I’d like to start by asking you to discuss the physical experience of making your artwork. Each drawing is the accumulation of small lines and swirls on large pieces of paper. It takes time to work on such an intimate scale; and, therefore, I imagine, it...
Short Take on Margaux Williamson

Short Take on Margaux Williamson

I Could See Everything The Paintings of Margaux Williamson, Coach House 2014 What I know about painting has been gleaned from looking at paintings, an art form that by now often feels like knitting. The way that Impressionism was a response to Realism. How does painting respond to the ubiquitous digital image? What I want...
Alex Porco in Conversation with Kerri Pullo

Alex Porco in Conversation with Kerri Pullo

Kerri Pullo’s asemic writing exists at the boundaries of calligraphy, visual poetry, and graffiti. Her rhythmic markings, colors, and textures attempt to reproduce the mind’s energia— its transitions, leaps, interruptions, digressions, and even dissipation. Examples of her work are interspersed throughout the interview that follows below. With good humor and refreshing honesty, Pullo discusses her...
Cory Collins: Short Take on Altar for the Bourgeoisie

Cory Collins: Short Take on Altar for the Bourgeoisie

Altar for the Bourgeoisie is the eponymous drawing from Michael Young’s Coruscant Altars, exhibited in 2011 at The Rooms in St. John’s, the cultural complex that houses Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial art gallery. Created as part of work from his Elbow Room residency, Altar for the Bourgeoisie showcases the tropes of excess among the rich...
Elvia Wilk in Conversation with J. R. Carpenter

Elvia Wilk in Conversation with J. R. Carpenter

Electronic Literature is a loaded and slippery category. It is rather dryly defined by the Electronic Literature Organization (what other art form needs a governing body?) as “works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer.” Does this mean everything or nothing? If there’s...
Emily Dickinson & Jen Bervin: Gorgeous Somethings

Emily Dickinson & Jen Bervin: Gorgeous Somethings

Far, far outside of MFA circles there is a poet whose poetic practice has breached the confines of the blank page to be etched on every available surface. The Far Outside poet famously left her poems–largely unread by hungry eyes of the 19th Century, other than a lucky editor of a literary magazine–tied in little...
Geneviève Robichaud in Conversation with Benjamin Klein: "Fabrications" a Pop-Up Show

Geneviève Robichaud in Conversation with Benjamin Klein: “Fabrications” a Pop-Up Show

Geneviève Robichaud (GR): You’re curating a Pop-up group show with Margot Ross. What is the show’s intention? What was the curatorial frame/aim? How did you choose the work? Benjamin Klein (BK): The artists in the show titled ‘Fabrications’ are Laura Anderson, David Arseneau, Pierre Julien, Mathieu Levesque, Simone Rochon and Jonathan Schouela. The space (a warehouse...
Chantale Potié Short Take on Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

Chantale Potié Short Take on Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

BEAT NATION: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture MACM, October 17 2013 – January 5 2014 By Chantale Potié I see the colour red and think of a beating heart, of red velvet cake, of ladybugs, of my road bike, my son’s bike, his Halloween fireman costume, of Swedish berries, and my favourite shirt which...
Version Anglaise: Candice Maddy in Conversation with Steve Giasson

Version Anglaise: Candice Maddy in Conversation with Steve Giasson

  1. Matérialité : Comment pensez-vous que la permanence ou l’impermanence de votre travail éclaire son sujet? Vous sentez-vous que vos œuvres moins tangibles ou de nature moins permanente vous permettent de prendre plus de risques? Éprouvez-vous de la nostalgie envers l’imprimé? Each work has its own issues, but materiality is always one.Take LOVE FROM NEW...
Words into Pictures: An Interview with Julie Doucet

Words into Pictures: An Interview with Julie Doucet

By Frederik Byrn Køhlert Julie Doucet is a Montreal-based artist who reached an international audience with her personal and innovative comics from the ’80s and ’90s. While her comics work is considered groundbreaking and continues to influence new generations of artists, Doucet quit drawing comics around 1999 and has since worked in a number of...
Theatres of the Catastrophal: A Conversation with Nathanaël

Theatres of the Catastrophal: A Conversation with Nathanaël

By Geneviève Robichaud On the occasion of the release of her most recent book, Sisyphus, Outdone. Theatres of the Catastrophal (Nightboat Books, 2012), Nathanaël and I shared a conversation. Geneviève Robichaud: It is the impact of the fragment, the assemblage, the collaborative element of your new book, Sisyphus, Outdone. Theatres of the Catastrophal, that interests me at this...
The Artist Is Present: J. Mae Barizo on Marina Abramović

The Artist Is Present: J. Mae Barizo on Marina Abramović

By Melissa Bull I met J. Mae in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2007. We were both enrolled in writing classes with Summer Literary Seminars. J. Mae’s poetry workshop was in the classroom beside my fiction workshop, and we invariably arrived bleary-eyed to school each day, clutching our plastic cups of bitter koffe, nodding to one...
Sol Lewitt: Sentences on Conceptual Art

Sol Lewitt: Sentences on Conceptual Art

Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements. Irrational judgements lead to new experience. Formal art is essentially rational. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically. If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the...
Writers Recommend: Books to Give

Writers Recommend: Books to Give

We wanted to avoid the inevitable Best-Of lists, but we still want to take the opportunity to recommend books, so here we have a list of favorites and recommendations–not only from this year, and apparently, not only in book form! Enjoy, and best of the season. Also, please fill the comment stream with your recommendations....
Reciting Poetry at 101

Reciting Poetry at 101

from the Office for Soft Architecture’s Department of Appliance Lore, meet Bel.
Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

J’aurais envie de répondre comme Warhol : « ...I realized that everything I was doing must have been Death. » La mort m’obsède, mais je ne peux pas dire qu’elle « m’intéresse ». J’aime cette histoire de Freud qui raconte qu’il y a longtemps, un roi britannique, atterré par la mort de sa femme,...
Motherhood in the Work: An Inte[re]view of Montreal Visual Artist Frédérique Ulman-Gagné

Motherhood in the Work: An Inte[re]view of Montreal Visual Artist Frédérique Ulman-Gagné

I was trying to work in the house and I had a very young child that was always beside me and naturally he started picking up the paints. I would move my paintings higher so that he could not access them, but he would climb on a chair and he would always attack the painting...
Writing As Performance: An Interview with Chris Kraus

Writing As Performance: An Interview with Chris Kraus

Writer, filmmaker, and professor of film, Chris Kraus’ books include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, and Torpor. Her films include Gravity & Grace, How to Shoot a Crime, and The Golden Bowl, or, Repression. Kraus is the author of two books of art essays, and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Art in America....
The Men Around Here

The Men Around Here

The men around here huddle still and sudden as mountains. Their hands dangle like wrenches. Thumbs of sandpaper. Use me, they say. I’m ready. Hours gather, hard in stomachs. Overalls stiff,  scarred as the skin of elephants. There where the sparks landed, a hole, there where he dropped the blowtorch, a swath soft as the...
GANGNAM SEMIOTICS: IRONY AND THE POSTIRONIC MEME CULTURE

GANGNAM SEMIOTICS: IRONY AND THE POSTIRONIC MEME CULTURE

I don’t know about you but my day job looks a lot like this. And also this: Ah, the boundless entertainment of the internets. Link-swapping is up there with my preferred methods of workcrastination, and kinder to the wallet than online shopping (just try to forget your credit card numbers once they’re memorized, go ahead...
Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy R. Lippard from Artforum on Vimeo.
Jen Benka: Poemgraphs

Jen Benka: Poemgraphs

SQ: I love these, Jen. I’m amazed at how different they are, given the sameness of the type, the basic poem, as a visual from this distance. Can you tell me how you got started? JB: Thank you, Sina. Well, I studied photography in college, in addition to writing, and have on- and off-again experimented with...
Yekaterina Samutsevich: Closing Statement at the Pussy Riot Trial

Yekaterina Samutsevich: Closing Statement at the Pussy Riot Trial

by hecksinductionhour | August 8, 2012 · 7:40 pm Yekaterina Samutsevich: Closing Statement at the Pussy Riot Trial Yekaterina Samutsevich, defendant in the criminal case against the feminist punk group Pussy Riot: In the closing statement, the defendant is expected to repent, express regret for their deeds or enumerate attenuating circumstances. In my case, as...
In conversation: Zoe Strauss

In conversation: Zoe Strauss

(Photograph by Zoe Strauss) If you reading this fuck you Zoe Strauss is a self-taught photography-based installation artist. She lives and works in Philadelphia where she was born (at Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first), and with the exception of a brief sojourn in Nevada, where she was raised. Strauss comes from a close-knit family. Her...

Feminist Boot Camp # 193: Marina Abramović, On Being Out of Control Emotionally & Physically

Sacrifice the body. A friend who coached soccer used to say this. She also said, nail it well the first time. Or, perhaps I am saying that she said that. No one thought she was a she because she wore a tool belt. She sacrificed the body for her work. Pass it on. Sacrifice the...

While The Babies Slept: A Study In Green While Walking After a Storm on the Plateau

Quebec protest: the writing is on the wall

Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Plateau

he sensed parts of himself elsewhere

he sensed parts of himself elsewhere, originally uploaded by lemon hound. Posting some of these images from my archives. This piece, titled, Inasmuch As It Is Always Already Taking Place by American artist, Gary Hill, is a sixteen-channel video (black and white, sound), sixteen black and white TV tubes and wires. When I saw it, it was...
Mummified Barbies: Toward an Essay on Feminine Exteriority

Mummified Barbies: Toward an Essay on Feminine Exteriority

We cut their hair off. Chew on the breasts. Paint their bodies. Slip a condom over their heads and dip them in Spaghettios. We are never quite so inventive in imagining our own bodies as when we encounter this sterile, unreal version of femininity. Our first canvas. Our first manifestation. Our first bout of hostility...

The red patch smelled like clover

The red patch smelled like clover, originally uploaded by lemon hound. One of a series from an old group of photos added to a Six Word Stories pool. Not sure that the title is enough to gesture toward a narrative, but it does give a motivation for the movement,  I suppose, and knits together the...

Poetry is your bitch

Making Art from Art

Making art from art has never been more exciting. Or, perhaps we just have so much to work with. And it seems to me that what conceptual art/writing does best is help us take scale into account. Such as we can take scale into account. Is this a non-lyric gesture? I would argue no, not...

Aspect Ratio

Ongoing series of Montreal shots, particularly focusing on the northeast corner of the plateau.

The Poetics of Data – Part 2: Translation and Analogy

In this series of posts, Jeff Thompson charts possible ways to re-contextualize data sets as poetic texts and the ways that writers, visual artists, and musicians have and are using data in their work. Through this shift of focus, “hard” data can be read, analyzed, critiqued, manipulated, and be inspiration or source. Continuing from part...

Jeff Thompson: The Poetics of Data

PART 1: RE-CONTEXTUALIZING HISTORIES In this series of posts I will chart possible ways to re-contextualize data sets as poetic texts and the ways that writers, visual artists, and musicians have and are using data in their work. Through this shift of focus, “hard” data can be read, analyzed, critiqued, manipulated, and be inspiration or...

Lisa Robertson on Eva Hesse’s Sans II

What makes life worth living? A question that comes to us all at one point or another. For me, these days, the question is not about “worth” it’s about “how can we live” consciously, in our time. SF MoMA thinks that art helps. I agree. Absolutely. Art contextualizes. Art frames. Art offers ways of assessing....

Sina Queyras talks to Jeff Thompson

LH: Tell me about the idea for this project, Jeff. How did it come about? JT: The Artforum Ad Project started in 2007, inspired by the Million Dollar Homepage and similar projects. The idea was to create both a singular artwork (a random conglomeration of lots of tiny pieces) and a way for lots of people...

Bending Perception

Richard Serra, Blind Spot, Gagosian to December 23 I always enjoy interacting with Richard Serra’s work. This latest is by far the most intense and startling. I didn’t look at the photos above before confronting the work in the gallery, though the entire time I was wondering how I could get on the gallery roof...

Scale

Not quite back in the province of my youth, but close. Such a different scale.Thinking more about Jeff Wall and now this Vancouver born photographer, who graduated from Emily Carr. Karin Bubas series Studies in Landscape and Wardrobe reminds me a little too much of those 70s fashion spreads mimicking that ubiquitous photographer–soft focus, near...

Random thoughts

Hearing vowels. Hardening consonants. Laying about in post card settings. “Sometimes I feel the world desperate; then walk among the downs,” (Woolf August 15, 1931). Why are Rodney Graham‘s trees upside down?The Vancouver School… Over the past two decades Vancouver has become internationally renowned for contemporary photo-based work, particularly the “Vancouver School” of photoconceptualism that...

Morning Cleaning

“It’s more interesting to look at the picture as a representation than to look at the event as an event.” Jeff Wall Certainly if the average person were to describe the event recreated in Wall’s “Morning Cleaning” below courtesy of the Hasselblad Foundation, it most likely would not evoke anywhere near the response the photograph...

Elger Esser, Sonnabend and the Dussledorf School

Elger Esser is back at Sonnabend, one of the Hound’s favorite Chelsea galleries. There weren’t that many pictures in his recent show, and they were of varying intensity and not as gripping as the last show I saw, which was very moving in its grand stillness. Esser has been photographing large scale landscapes, richly detailed...

Michael Fried, Why Photograph Matters

GlobeAuto Careers Classifieds Newspaper Ads Personals Real Estate <img height=”1″ width=”1″ border=”0″ src=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imp.gif?client=ca-pub-4377513809082079&dt=1233548295510&lmt=1233548293&format=728x90_as&output=html&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2Fstory%2FLAC.20090131.BKPHOTO31%2FTPStory%2F%3Fquery%3Dmichael%2Bfried&color_bg=FFFFFF&color_text=808080&color_link=003366&color_url=800040&color_border=000000&ad_type=text&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2FPage%2Fdocument%2Fv5%2Ftemplates%2Fhub%3FsearchText%3Dmichael%2Bfried%26hub%3DSearch%26searchType%3DQuick%26control%3DsearchSimple%26iaction.x%3D34%26iaction.y%3D1%26iaction%3DGo&u_h=800&u_w=1280&u_ah=778&u_aw=1235&u_cd=24&u_tz=-300&u_his=3&u_java=true&u_nplug=9&u_nmime=98&event=noiframe” /> PHOTOGRAPHY Snap judgment Michael Fried offers an engaging reading of contemporary art photography BRIAN HURLEY January 31, 2009 WHY PHOTOGRAPHY MATTERS AS ART AS NEVER BEFORE By Michael Fried Yale University Press, 410 pages, $73.50 It is still a pretty rare...

The unreality of war, part two

Dead Troops Talk (a vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986) 1992 The above image, courtesy of the Tate, is one of Wall’s “history” or “epic” photographs. Like others of this period, it is as meticulously crafted as a hyper realist painting and just as false. Wall spends...

Vancouver Photography

Bill Jeffries, Glen Lowry & Jerry Zaslove, eds., Unfinished Business:Photographing Vancouver Streets 1955 to 1985 (Burnaby: West Coast Line, 2005) In June I walked into the Monte Clark Gallery on Granville Street and experienced an odd disconnect. I was seeing a densely populated urban illumination that was obviously an unfamiliar landscape, but it seemed very...

Wall on Wall

This weekend in the Globe & Mail. The Hound on Wall at Moma here and here and other posts…

Richard Serra, Time, Poetics

Lisa Robertson in Richard Serra, Gagosian I originally posted this photograph along with a response to that Serra show at the Gagosian in 2006, and somehow, it’s fitting to see Lisa Robertson here among the sculptures. While the materials, and impulse couldn’t be more different, the attention and weight of achievement, is not dissimilar. In...

In conversation with Stephanie Fysh

(all photographs by Stephanie Fysh) SQ: You recently had your first juried show at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto in conjunction with Contact 2007. Can you tell me how that came about? SF: I hadn’t planned to show at all this year – I had other things I wanted to focus on, including financially –...