Asemic vispo with Arabic by E. Coles (Bath, UK)

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Mail-art by IUOMA member E. Coles (Bath, UK)

June 18, 2014 - Last year Emily Coles in Britain sent me some FAB asemics that displayed an affinity with the calligraphic wing of composition:

I have just managed to document and archive a second missive received from E. Coles. This postcard-size piece employs different strategies. She uses a more raw, ripped paper approach in this work that accentuates the materiality of language.

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I believe the exploration of Arabic is very effective. Juxtaposing the elegant script with the industrial repetition of signs, a trademark of classic concrete poetry, and cursive asemics in an over-arching vispo structure produces an interesting meditation on the material production and representation of language as well as reading.

A number of contemporary English-language visual poets have turned to Arabic and Islamic art in general for inspiration, including Kerri Pullo (Arizona, USA) and Karl Kempton (California, USA). Many consider Brion Gysin’s work with Arabic/Japanese grid structures in the mid-2oth century to be a starting point for the current asemic wave. Emily Coles’ piece presented here is, I believe, an addition to the conversation. Here is the envelope:

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And the reverse:

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Always a pleasure to receive correspondence from Emily Coles!

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on June 20, 2014 at 7:12pm

Just found a quote so relevant I have to post it:

'This is a war between those of us who want out and those who want to keep us all locked in time. The cut ups are not for artistic purposes. The cut ups are a weapon, a sword. I bring not peace but pieces.'
- William S. Burroughs

Comment by De Villo Sloan on June 19, 2014 at 11:48pm

Thanks, Carina. This is a departure from E. Coles' earlier work that I've seen. This definitely proves you can make asemics using collage.

Comment by Carina on June 19, 2014 at 8:03pm

I like the more rawness a lot. Beautiful work and nice envelope!



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