Finders Keepers: Ubiquitous Erasure


At FPR, we like finding poetry in the existing and everyday. In this roundup, we’ve found erasure and other metamodern forms showing up in a variety of art and media.

Biomythography: Poetry, Erasure, and Alternative Histories

Hyperallergic wrote about an exhibition titled Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers at the William Roland Gallery of Fine Art. In the group exhibition, artists worked “to transgress traditional narrative, genre, and history.” One such artist:

Artist Thinh Nguyen sat at a desk and pored over an art history book, brushing away words with correction fluid and calling them out with each erasure. The resulting word salad was a meticulous deconstruction of dates, concepts, and objects, through which the title of the performance, “White Out History,” became an allusion to white supremacist histories of art and their gradual undoing.

Artists in the exhibition explored cultural appropriation, historical colonialism and racism, patriarchy and gender norms, alternative histories, and much more.

Book Spine Baseball Battle

toronto book spineIn yet another example of what the internet is good for, Toronto and Kansas libraries faced off on Twitter Thursday night over the Jays/Royals series. They did so, of course, through the spines of books. See more from this bookish duel over at CBC Books. (Thanks for the tip, Greg Santos.)






Stephen Colbert and Experimental Poetry

Over at Huffington Post, Seth Abramson wrote about Late Night with Stephen Colbert and the preponderance of experimental poetry featured there.

That’s because Colbert, long considered a “metamodern” performer by the American literati, reads experimental metamodern poetry to his late-night audience most nights. That he doesn’t call it that makes his popularization of avant-garde verse no less shocking a development.

Abramson argues that many of Colbert’s bits, including readings of “bad kids’ jokes” and “sad toys,” would be considered metamodern art by avant-gardist standards.

A Brief History of Erasure Poetics

Back in 2009, Travis MacDonald wrote “A Brief History of Erasure Poetics” at Jacket2. The piece covers the origins, nature, and foundations of erasure as a form of poetry.

What survives of art inevitably ends up as artifact. From sculpture to scripture, the stories we tell tend to outlast the audience and the storyteller both. They survive, scratched into the surface of our world where they are translated and adapted or else buried beneath that very surface and forgotten.

Photo by Chris Alban Hansen

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