March 22, 2011 - When the call was first made for participants to contribute chapters for the Project 26 collaborative mail-art book, I was thrilled when JF Chapelle signed on. He is one of my favorite FluXus artists in the mail-art network. He is a visual poet as well. I knew this would be an opportunity to see an extended work. Chapter V does not disappoint.
The opening scan (above) is from inside the chapter. I begin with it because it illustrates JF CHAPELLE's talent and excellent humor. Here is how the chapter opens:
The paper he used is a cream color, which shows up unevenly in the scans; it's really very nice. JF chose to focus on Da Da for this chapter. Next, particularly the left-hand page, is a great example of his distinctive visual poetry:
Much wordplay is going on in addition to the images. With European Fluxus artists who are visual poets , notably JF CHAPELLE and Litsa Spathi, I note there is a pronounced lack of overlays. They strike me as being very influenced by concrete poetry, perhaps Emmett Williams in particular.
The right-hand page below is a prime example of the concrete poetry mentioned above. JF CHAPELLE explores the visual qualities of V as well as its linguistic functions:
Here is the concluding page, bringing us back to the Da Da theme. I suppose at this point in history, going back into Da Da constitutes a kind of archaeology. JF CHAPELLE reveals both the serious intent and humor of the tradition:
The proud recipient:
And the reverse:
Thank you so much JF CHAPELLE! You have a growing place in my mail-art archive.