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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tip of the Knife 10

Bill DiMichele's Tip of the Knife is celebrating its 10th issue. the first issue was published on May 28, 2010, just over two years ago with the mandate of "tearing down any and every artistic/literary wall in our way." its motto is draw blood or go home. in each issue you will find mostly visual poems & art with the occasional, what do we call it, non visual poem? poem poem?

the latest issue contains the work of 7 contributors, including the curator of TOTK. there are yellow faded texts by James Yeary with titles such as "transit world" & "must be other" which convey a sense of in-between.
Joshua Buckley gives us ghostly other worlds of charcoal-like scenes, a geometry that has gone from precise angles to the blur.

Andy Di Michele offers us text with an amalgam of languages both real & made up, references to Blake, unique contortions that fit with the visual art in that the text evokes image in the mind's eye. more otherwordliness here. in his statement (made under duress): "remind: "it's all been said…now to wake up and unsay it."
Leon 5's boxes are examinations of ordinary items like a wrench out of place & framed, a circuit board looking like it has been excavated alongside an earthenware pot at an archeological dig. wires & undug dolls with what looks like blood on their pudgy plastic faces, degraded detritus of ordinary life.

tentatively, a convenience gives us faded alphabets alongside heavily lined triangles worked over & over as if retraced, the alphabets less prominent & made up of a combination of random letters & words typed with a typewriter in red & black ink, the angles of the shapes are numbered & finally a hand traced around the text "fingerprint" with subtle charcoal rubs surrounding. his title for the series "connect-the-alphabet".
Ben Litman gives us alternative music notations, unusual shapes that you can imagine set to music, as a score.

finally Bill DiMichele offers us colourful compositions of text & shape, collages of torn paper & angles, text cut out of its context to give us wee slices of language isolated from commercial purpose.
if you are a colour addict as I am, you will love these. I recommend you also take a look at the earlier issues. in Issue 9, Bill says "I was, am, and always will be a surrealist.  Strange juxtapositions, automatic writing/drawing, the power of dreams, zero reason." This is, I think, the reason why I am so drawn to his work & to Tip of the Knife. there's a dream-like Jungian sense of play going on in the pieces Bill chooses to publish. full disclosure,  I have work in Issue 5.

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