“The Shape of a Man”
Art exhibit and chapbook release
7-11 p.m. January 6, 2012
New work by Amy VanDonsel
Poetry chapbook by Chris King
Poetry performance with musical guests
Additional manly art by Oscar Alvarez, Kevin Belford, the late Hunter Brumfield, Ron Buechele, Jon Cournoyer, Dr. Andrew Dykeman, Fred Friction, Matt Fuller, Robert Goetz, Chris King, Noah Kirby, B.J. Vogt.
Potluck provided by men who cook.
Also, one exemplary man – Hap Phillips – will be exhibited.
Amy VanDonsel and Chris King collaborate on and co-curate a small group show, the first in a projected annual exhibit series exploring the shapes that men and women are in. “The Shape of a Man,” explores the shapes men are in through a creative conversation between a woman and a man working in a variety of media (with help from their man friends, living and dead). Amy VanDonsel will show new mixed media, paintings and installation, and Chris King will release a chapbook, The Shape of a Man, and perform poems from it with Fred Friction, Roy Gokenbach and Josh Weinstein. The exhibit also will feature visual art by Oscar Alvarez, Kevin Belford, the late Hunter Brumfield, Ron Buechele, Jon Cournoyer, Dr. Andrew Dykeman, Fred Friction, Matt Fuller, Robert Goetz, Chris King, Noah Kirby and B.J. Vogt. A potluck will be provided by the men artists and other men who cook. Also, one exemplary man – one Hap Phillips – will be exhibited in his natural, fabricated habitat.
Amy VanDonsel creates mixed media paintings on canvas or panels and installations with paper, tape, string and found items. Her work examines textual communication and the processing of information through abstracted and figurative imagery, and combines research interests in literature and technology with handmade visual representations. www.amyvandonsel.com.
Chris King has been recasting his old, bad poems into the 7/11 form innovated by Quincy Troupe, alternating lines with 7 and 11 syllables and alternating stanzas with 7 and 11 lines, with results he likes enough to publish. The Shape of a Man (Intagliata Imprints) compiles his more manly 7/11s. As an “artist,” he sketches people and then has the subject sign the sketch, or makes paintings on vinyl records based on his sketchbook. He will perform his poetry with musical guests through Noah Kirby’s sculpture With Solid Stance and Stable Sound.