Karnival of Trash: Trashemics by Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)


Mail art by IUOMA member Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)

November 29, 2016 - I am pleased to be able to share more work by Borderline Grafix in the greatest show on earth. BG – as he is known affectionately especially among Kulters – was an early participant in the Karnival of Trash and has contributed to the level of quality and quantity that has surprised many. (I receive kind notes from viewers who remark about how far Trashpo has come as art, based on what they see in the KoT.)

This time Borderline Grafix sends a work that appears to be found or readymade. The textual aspect draws our attention to the fact that, by definition, Trashpo is actually a form of visual poetry. Yet while the piece appears to be random trash, it has subtle textures, nuances, structures: The paradox of Trashpo and evidence of BG’s keen eye. Perhaps it is a Moan Lisa-like expressionist composition. Regardless of source speculations, I believe it is a very engaging piece that deserves a close look. Here is a different view:


Many Trashpoets are also successful and inventive asemic writers (a close relation to vispo). In fact, asemic writing has permeated Trashpo practice so far that a descriptive term has been coined: Trashemic. I believe this piece by Borderline Grafix is a marvelous example of Trashemic practice. We are all fortunate indeed to have this in the Karnival of Trash.


Thanks again to Borderline Grafix!

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Comment by Borderline Grafix on December 1, 2016 at 5:09pm

The source was the gutter.  Keep looking down!



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