From Visual Poetry by IUOMA member Matthew Stolte (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
December 10, 2015 - Matthew Stolte in the great state of Visconsin sent me a collection that showcases the range of styles that represent the main strains of his visual poetry. The book has a total of 16 pages/panels. Rather than document the entire piece and thus essentially publish a digital edition, I will share with you my fave pieces. Here is a view of the cover:
Next is the inside front cover page spread with essential information on the book. Matthew Stolte’s imprint is no doubt familiar to many IUOMA friends (click image to enlarge):
This (above) is a classic black and white Matthew Stolte composition from Visual Poetry that is text-centric and uses maximum distortion as well as the cut-up technique.
Visual Poetry also includes collage-based, text-image pieces. I like this one (above) especially.
This piece clearly shows Matthew Stolte’s use of stamps to achieve effects via overlays. Distortion is a key element in his work that achieves multiple purposes including defamiliarization and the creation of asemic sequences. Here is the envelope in which the book arrived:
And the back cover of Visual Poetry:
Deepest thanks to Matthew Stolte. And make sure to visit his Construction Sea, one of my fave vispo blogs: