Monday, February 18, 2008

The Empty Apartment No. 7

9x12 canvas board, collage ephemera
image transfers with fine pumice medium and glass bead gel medium
fluid acrylics

My cut-up diddy:

-lonely on my way home,
on the street, having conversation.
I drop my eyes and rest boyishly on my hands, I slowly near my building. Stillness.
I don't have to speak. You're No. 7, she said. I pay attention.
this sets me free. Like meditation.
I closed the door.

Now for inquiring minds:

"The cut-up technique was invented by Brion Gysin January 19, 1916 - July 13, 1986 who was a painter, writer, poet, and performance artist born outside of London.

This technique is also known as fishbowling, is an aleatory literary technique, or genre in which text is cut up at random and rearranged to create a new text."

Gysin introduced writer William S. Burroughs to the technique at the Beat Hotel. The pair later applied the technique to printed media and audio recordings in an effort to decode the material's implicit content, hypothesing that such a technique could be used to discover the true meaning of a given text. Burroughs also suggested cut-ups may be effective as a form of divination saying, "When you cut into the present the future leaks out."Burroughs also further developed the "fold-in" technique.

"After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager." -William S. Burroughs

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Artists With Artitude said...

A most excellent dissertation on the subject. Very well written. An A++++ in my book. Andrea, you are something else!!

Deborah Truesdell said...


That sounds extremely inviting to try! I love the serendipity of it all! Love the musing figure in your collage.


Irene said...

That is very interesting and something right up my alley. I had never heard of it, but somehow it seems very logical and good to implement and very much something I want to do. I love the products of "accidents" and I like the unexpected very much when it comes to prose and poetry. It gives me a thrill.I am going to those sites right away. Thanks for pointing me in this direction.

Irene said...

As to the collage itself; I enlarged and had a good look. Lovely colors and lovely elements. Yay, real canvas board, clearly visible.

John M. Mora said...

The composition is very lively and my ewye keeps moving alert and pleased....muy muy bueno.

The prose also inviting and kept my ADD eye focused....intellectual boston creme donut of sorts.

I once got a law firm job where I took Naked Lunch to the first interview in my hands - no briefcase....

Kris Cahill said...

Fantastic and beautiful. I love the woman in the lower right corner, with her eye on the key that is flying away on the butterfly. The key to what? I wonder. The Burroughs quote is great!

Mauricio said...


Wonderful work :O)

Hugs from Brazil

John M. Mora said...

Is that a small enbryo at botttom left - obscuredby pigment?

Enquiring minds need to know.

Heidi said...

How wonderful Andrea!
I love the deep colors and the lingering aire of questions un-answered here!

Hugs 2 You :)

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Very nice! love the illustration too, your colours are bold and beautiful. I have done this style of poetry before but we called it something else...can't remember what though! I found it hard intially but once I finally got going I did 3. Illustrations were no where near as good as yours though!

Mim said...

I love the colors of this piece.
Beautiful work.

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