1. Carl Andre, Poems, (1950’s-1970’s)

    Carl Andre provided a new perspective on sculpture when he placed work flat on the floor; his touch as a poet was no less radical. Andre designed the shape of poetry according to his own understanding of the word as a concrete module, similar to the squares of industrial metal, wooden timbers, or bricks in his signature three-dimensional pieces. His poems don’t always incorporate complete sentences, phrases, or even associative terms, but use words sequentially. Shaped text functions as both pattern and poem - visual art and literature simultaneously. On the occasion of his first gallery show at Tibor de Nagy, Andre said he wanted to “seize and hold the space”, and the same is true in his command of the clean, white, 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheet of paper, a standardized, manufactured material. Here the words are methodically punched out on a manual typewriter, or hand-written with a felt-tip pen; mostly dense, black text on a white background, sometimes the reverse, and occasionally red.

    A rigorous, formal structure is applied to each of Andre’s poems, and he has written over 1,000 pages since the late 1950’s. The placement of the letters which form the words, and then how the words sit on the page have provided him with great diversity in shape and pattern. Often the arrangement of the words creates a defined field, a text-landscape, carefully placed on the page. For exhibition purposes, the poems are positioned, according to Andre’s specifications, in handsome wood and glass vitrines, of his own design - a composition within a composition. These poems are not meant to be read in a book but seen, like art on display. 

  1. artthisis likes this
  2. westsidesafari likes this
  3. brillasobreti reblogged this from rudygodinez
  4. brillasobreti likes this
  5. teethascompass likes this
  6. charlmalan reblogged this from rudygodinez
  7. nureinalibi likes this
  8. deathofpan likes this
  9. thinkingimages likes this
  10. elizamarcu likes this
  11. 4tones likes this
  12. tete-merde reblogged this from entartete-kunsterlin
  13. theessenceofabsence reblogged this from entartete-kunsterlin and added:
    What the words mean.
  14. entartete-kunsterlin reblogged this from beachybed
  15. obsessionofattraction likes this
  16. humancraft reblogged this from rudygodinez
  17. letsnotandsaywedid likes this
  18. atypeoftim likes this
  19. buffalocharm likes this
  20. len1na reblogged this from nineangels
  21. nineangels reblogged this from dooooq
  22. un-amour-de-photo-roman likes this
  23. littlemissde likes this
  24. entartete-kunsterlin likes this
  25. pulse-width likes this
  26. beachybed reblogged this from dooooq
  27. kazscrapbook reblogged this from dooooq
  28. williamdavey likes this
  29. unavidamoderna likes this
  30. beachybed likes this
  31. traquadre likes this
  32. annct likes this
  33. dooooq reblogged this from rudygodinez
  34. davideliasrebecca likes this
  35. atlas-sarrabal likes this
  36. currentinspiration likes this
  37. abridurif reblogged this from postconceptual-art
  38. postconceptual-art reblogged this from rudygodinez
  39. menaregorgeous likes this
  40. nwalker reblogged this from rudygodinez
  41. feed-well likes this
  42. pgtokyo likes this
  43. fictionofmatter likes this
  44. bklm-nfsy reblogged this from rudygodinez
  45. zugrundegerichtet reblogged this from rudygodinez
  46. sketchesandruminations likes this
  47. uniquemiette reblogged this from rudygodinez
  48. rudygodinez posted this