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Angels in the Angles: Concrete Poetry Exhibit Until Nov 03

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Gallery Atsui, Bachelor Machines, and freshly minted Mechanical Brides proudly present:

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ANGELS IN THE ANGLES

Donato Mancini
Christian Bök
Marina Roy

One of the finest exhibitions of Concrete Poetry in the literary history of the west coast is almost at the end of its run at the Gallery Atsui in Vancouver’s legendary downtown eastside.

The work is on the walls until Tuesday November 3rd and if you’ve even half-thought that you would like to check it out, you’d better get down there and check it out.

It’s a part of this emergent moment in Vancouver literary history.  It’s a budding flower from the mind of curator Steve Calvert.

Steve and I recorded an interview one night a few weeks ago. Listen to it here.

We met at Lucky’s Comics for the release of Marc Bell’s new book Hot Potatoe, by Drawn and Quarterly.  Lucky’s was packed and we spent a little while talking with friends before walking down to the Main Restaurant.  We sat in the back room with a pitcher of beer and talked for an hour and a half.

It’s a really great conversation but be forewarned: It contains some explicit language including my long tangential riff on pataphysics at the end.  A lot of fun.

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You won’t regret it, unless of course you don’t see the exhibit in which case you probably will regret it.

Numbered edition of collectors’ prints from each artists will be available for sale, through Gallery Atsui.

For those tempted by the poetic austerity of the quote I have pasted below, may I recommend that you read Steve’s Introduction to the Angels in the Angles.  This is the fantastically imaginative, creatively abstruse, indelibly specific piece of writing that I was referring to during my riff at the end of the interview posted above.

As artists adapt to the growing insecurity of our national institutions, creative communities are presured to galvanize and grow stronger, more independent, industrious, and interdependent, developing means of production and trading networks in cultural and cosmopolitan pockets far and wide. In the absence of federal support, producing autonomously, even anonomously, we work for a future milieu which does not yet exist. Rushing in to fill the vacuum, exchanging ideas with a non-linear, open source, transhistorical temperment, we braid our conceptualizations beyond translation, openly hostile to that trust which has forsaken us… this utopia has been dreamed before.


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Angels in the Angles: Opening Night at the Gallery Atsui

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I went down to the Gallery Atsui last night to check out the opening for the Angels in the Angles exhibition of concrete poetry.  It’s been guest curated by my friend Steve Calvert and he’s done a great job conceptualizing and showcasing the work of Donato Mancini, Christian Bok and Marina Roy.

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When I arrived at the Gallery I was impressed to see so many people crowded into the two rooms and spilling out the back door into the parking lot.  A warm and convivial crowd, as they say.  I met some cool people and made new friends and it was a really refreshing atmosphere.  I think that the show will be a huge success.

Angels in the AnglesX08The exhibition runs until the beginning of November so there’s lots of time to check it out.

Steve will be haunting the gallery space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 if you want to drop by for some added insight into the show and the artists’ other works.

For more information about the ridiculously strong conceptualization for this show please check out Steve’s intense “introduction” to the show on the Mechanical Brides website.  Also includes artist bios and info on purchasing prints.

Books on the Radio will be rocking an interview with Steve in the next week or so for broadcast on CJSF 90.1 FM.

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ANGELS IN THE ANGLES: Atsui Gallery Concrete Poetry Exhibition

Books on the Radio is happy to support this amazing exhibition of concrete poetry curated by Steve Calvert.

Featuring the incredible & beautiful work of Donato Mancini, Christian Bok and Marina Roy you can check out the exhibition at the Atsui Gallery from October 9 – November 3.

Check out the Bachelor Machines/Mechanical Brides site for more details.

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As artists adapt to the growing insecurity of our national institutions, creative communities are presured to galvanize and grow stronger, more independent, industrious, and interdependent, developing means of production and trading networks in cultural and cosmopolitan pockets far and wide. In the absence of federal support, producing autonomously, even anonomously, we work for a future milieu which does not yet exist. Rushing in to fill the vacuum, exchanging ideas with a non-linear, open source, transhistorical temperment, we braid our conceptualizations beyond translation, openly hostile to that trust which has forsaken us… this utopia has been dreamed before.