Saturday, 22 March 2014

Jawspring Sprung!

Photo - M.Ezra
Yesterday we celebrated World Poetry Day with a fantastic party at the Village Hall Gallery Wimbledon. The Gallery was packed out with artists, poets and culture vultures from all over the UK and further afield. For many of the poets it was the first time that they had seen what the artists had created from their written work. It was a chance to meet new people as well as catch up with friends.

Danish artist Eskild Beck and Nexus gallery owner Kent Lauritsen were the furthest travellers all the way from Aabenraa but as always celebrity splicer Melanie Ezra and sushi laureate Daniel Leek made the long journey from Swansea to be with us.

Gallery Manager -
Tahira Mandarino
A special thank you to the Merton Poets who treated us to a fabulous performance of their exhibition poems as well as one or two extra treats, Keith Drake in particular made a big splash with his homage to Marcel Duchamp. They were expertly corralled by fellow poet John Grant and filmed by Andy V Frost so we'll post some footage when it's been edited.

As an organiser it is hard to process the sentiments that rush through me at this time. It is with huge appreciation though that I say thank you, to all the people who were there, to those that believed in another project however harebrained and for making World Poetry Day 2014 a day to remember.

AL.

The Gallery with be open for two more days -
Saturday 22nd March - 11am to 4pm
Sunday 23rd March - 1 to 4pm

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Jawspring Exhibition : World Poetry Day

Jawspring Poster
A real team effort from Bryan Benge, Dean Reddick, Dawes Gray, Maryam Mazraei and myself has prepared us for the opening of the Jawspring exhibition tomorrow morning.

The exhibition poster (left) is safely slotted into our A-frame board and the 35 sushi laureates have pride of place in three bespoke display cases.

Dean Reddick and
Bryan Benge
We hope you'll be able to come along on Friday 21st March from 6-8pm to help celebrate World Poetry Day but just in case you can't I've posted some photos of the Village Hall Gallery below.

The Gallery will be open at other times too, so please come along and say hello. I'll be there every day, busily making sushi out of recycled materials.

Opening Times:
Wednesday 19th: 11am-1pm
Thursday 20th: 1-4pm
Friday 21st: 4-8pm
Saturday 22nd: 11am-4pm
Sunday 23rd: 1-4pm


Sara Lerota/Ann Vaughan-Williams (Top Left)
Melanie Ezra/Tony Josolyne (Top right)
Francesca Cantioni/Humphrey Aylwin Selfe
(Bottom right)
Alban Low/Jane Barton (bottom right)
We're very fortunate that the Merton Poets will be giving a poetry performance from 7pm in the adjoining room on the night itself. Come and meet the poets and many of the artists too, share a glass of wine and take home a sushi poem for a very affordable £1.



Sushi Laureates
Look forward to seeing you there.

AL







(from left) Bryan Benge, Eskild Beck, Siobhan Tarr,
 Renata Szur & Wayne Sleeth

(From right) Maryam Mazraei, Ella Penn, Stuart Simler
(On the plinth) Robert Good
(Sculpture) Wojciech Antoni Sobczynski

(from right) Dawes Gray, Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan,
Alban Low & Tahira Mandarino


Dean Reddick's work inspired by poet John Grant



(From left) Ann Kopka, Philp J Deed,
and Carolina Khouri







Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Purring Penny Parr

Maine Coon loungers
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.
 
Today's poet is of the prose persuasion but has broken out of her comfort zone to dabble in the dark arts of the Haiku. Penny Parr is on the cusp of becoming a 'gun for hire' private tutor in her home town of Burton-on-Trent and putting to good use a pristine first class degree. Watch out for the Annie Oakley of French & German tuition on the Staffordshire highways. For her Jawspring inspiration she hasn't wandered further than her home environment and her two Maine Coon cats, Shanklin and Mystique.......
 
Feline instinct, grave purpose,
Tabby stalking prey.
Post slaps doormat-pounce!
 
Penny Parr's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Judith Parry - The Freeverse Pimpernel

Judith Parry
Releasing Poetry in Cheltenham
 courtesy of http://tellingstoriesblog.wordpress.com/
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

They seek her here they seek her there, Judith Parry your poems are everywhere. She is the Scarlet Pimpernel of poets, a woman who freely exhibits her works in unexpected places around town. She is currently releasing up to 100 postcard sized literary surprises into the wild. As you might know this type of guerrilla interaction is very close to our hearts, especially with a new magnetic street art exhibition around the corner in Bath. Late last year we were fortunate enough to capture Parry and contain her within four walls for the 'Art Jazzed Up' exhibition at The Shaw Gallery in Croydon. We're therefore very excited to pounce* on the lesser spotted Parry haiku and keep it in captivity, well, just until the exhibition finishes on the 24th March and then it will be released back into the public domain to fertilise our minds......

Young rose blooms bee strewn
Open petals beckoning

Pollination time


We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

*No Judith Parrys were harmed in the act of poetry capture.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Mysterious Melody Clarke

Is this the real Melody Clarke?
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

It goes without saying that when you send out an 'Open Call' you are providing an opportunity for other creative people but for me it is also a broadening of experience and an opportunity to meet new faces. Although we have built a loyal group, where once unfamiliar faces have now become friends there is always a wild card in the pack. Melody Clarke is our joker. Usually I can track down their online profiles, attribute Twitter and Facebook accounts to them and start to build a past and a future. If I was a gambling man then I would say that our Melody Clarke was the head honcho at Beware of the Bull but then I could be talking poppycock. We'll let Clarke be the mysterious member of the Sushi Laureates and for her poem, 'Romancing the stoned' to do the talking.....

Smoke, musk, silk.
Touching soft skin.
Marry me,’ I murmur.
No,’ he said.

We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Wake up to Roshni Dhanjee

Roshni Dhanjee
courtesy of https://soundcloud.com
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's poet brings us her rays of sunshine to cheer us up on another blustery and wet day here in the UK. Roshni Dhanjee is the Brighton based creative who comes to us via Geneva with her insightful creations. Known as Sunhoney in literary circles this Sussex student also has a whiff of the romantic about her. Not only does Dhanjee want to plant poetic seeds in our mind but also to leave her mark on the Perfumery Industry after gaining a BSC in Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry..............

violet in my dreams
 
but here you are real, yellow
 
and shades of daylight
 

Roshni Dhanjee's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Mark Carr - Mind. Hammer. Blow.

Mark Carr
Sushi Laureate
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's Poet doesn't pull his punches, and why should he. Mark Carr has been round the block and experienced the inevitable ups and downs of an artist's life since completed his degree in 1984. Perfect for this international exhibition Carr has travelled extensively in North America, India and Australasia collecting cultural and personal influences which he has integrated into his work. His most recent and gripping artistic development is his rich repetitive film work, YES/NO being a case in point, where simplicity becomes a weapon in which to hammer our consciousness states. His Jawspring poem needs no introduction, it is what is.......

when depression grips
and inevitability falls
then all that’s gone
is as nothing.


Mark Carr's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Rolling with Natie Marie Davies

Natie Marie Davies
courtesy of http://letterboxd.com
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Natie Marie Davies is a bright spark amongst the twinkling brilliance of the South Wales art community. A photographer, model and illustrator who is one of the many artists (in this exhibition alone) who has sprung from the Swansea Scene. Although she has exhibited three times recently in group photography shows it is her wonderfully idiosyncratic drawings that are addictive viewing. Take a walk through her imagination and discover wild wildings, roaming robots, beasties, terrors and lurkers at http://thismakesmylife.blogspot.co.uk/. Like Davies' JawSpring haiku expect a healthy dash of  humour from her beautiful mind too.........

Miso want sushi
Bad joke? I'm soysoy sorry
That's just how I roll

We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Leila Coward - Reflective waves

Untitled by Leila Coward
courtesy of www.leilacoward.co.uk/
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Leila Coward is another of our Sushi Poets who doesn't let genre boundaries get in the way of her creativity. Apart from ceramics, painting, stained glass, weave, print, multi-media art and teaching with children, young people and adults she now reinforces her Poetry credentials with today's Jawspring offering. Coward is no stranger to literary gems, her Treeworks series combine porcelain and natural materials with a delicate literary surprise hidden within many of the artworks. "I chose the tree as a symbol of the strength of nature and the cycle of life." She explains, "The light inside it is a metaphor for the energy that exists in all-living things.". Today while the floods across the UK lap at our feet it is Coward herself that provides us with the light and the hope....................

Undulating waves,
Freedom within the deep blue,
Reflection of self.


Leila Coward's
Sushi Haiku
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Paul Matosic - Graveyards of Stuff

Paul Matosic
courtesy of http://4art.com
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's poet is the well known conceptual upcycler who downcycles his artistic creations on gallery floors around the world. Paul Matosic is the Nottingham based multimedia artist
whose installations use items that have been deemed useless and obsolete as a way of challenging Western consumerist attitudes. Although he creates comfortingly organised worlds, much like an architectural model or townscape, these worlds in reality are the graveyards of 'Stuff', littered with the tombstones of retail addiction. His conceptual eye helps transform detritus into topography and here for Jawspring he turns light into dark.....


if snow was black it would not matter if
 
you burned your mince pies.


Paul Matosic's
Sushi Poem
We have printed his poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Becky Lowe - Metrological Zeitgeist

Becky Lowe
Courtesy of plus.google.com 
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Swansea features once again in the creative circles of London as we inaugurate Becky Lowe into the Sushi Laureate roll of fame. Not only do we have Blue Plaque Poet Daniel Leek from said shores but also dream splicer Melanie Ezra in our ranks. Lowe is a journalist and peace activist whose work has been featured on Radio 4, been feted in pubs, clubs and bohemian gatherings along the Gower Peninsula and beyond. Despite her lofty reputation we are lucky that no matter how large or small the job at hand, her objective is always the same "clear, accurate and arresting copy, on time, to brief and to budget." Well, she should add topical to her CV because her sushi poem perfectly captures the metrological zeitgeist of 2014.

There is no silence
So absolute as the rain
Just before it falls

Becky Lowe's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Friday, 7 February 2014

The heavenly Jovana Mitic

Super Jovana Mitic
courtesy of  http://www.articurate.net
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's poet has embraced the world and it's people have taken her to their hearts. Jovan Mitic is the Serbian artist who has been winning awards in her homeland this past year and making friends across the globe. London has embraced her charms most recently with an appearance along the Southbank in the 'Cardboard City' exhibition and a shortlisted artwork at 'Art Jazzed Up' in the Shaw Gallery, Croydon. At this point I would like to say the 'Sun has got his hat on and is coming out to play' but the only globular celestial body on display has been the Moon recently, who has emerged from London's dark January skies to start a little romance. It seems that it is not just mere mortals that are falling for Mitic's spell but heavenly bodies too.....................


Last night Moon was full.
 
One star was looking at him and
 
she saw you.


Jovana Mitic's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Ed Arantus - Erogenous Zone to Funny Bone

Ed Arantus'
Sushi Poem
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Ed Arantus is not only an artist and activist but an all round good egg. As a regular visitor to my studio I have been lucky enough to witness his artistic talents first hand. He still remains a bit of mystery and it was with great surprise to receive a Haiku from him last week. He is no stranger to exhibitions and publications, it was his entry into the cutting edge Censored Zine of July 2010 that piqued my interest, alongside a few risqué photos too. Always playful, whether that be erogenous zone or funny bone, here he gives us his JawSpring haiku called Smug......


dotting my eyes
 
crossing my teeth
 
Tapping my knows.

Ed Arantus
Orange Peel Artist
We have printed his poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Stella Tripp - Painting with words

Stella Tripp -Word Artist
Courtesy of www.artspaces.co.uk
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

My first encounter with Stella Tripp's artwork was at the Nottingham Light Night festival in 2011 and since then I've been fortunate enough to exhibit alongside her and see a wave of new work break onto the UK Art scene. This well travelled artist is based in Exeter but spent many a year teaching and painting in the USA where she gained her MA and MFA, and held a Graduate Fellowship at South Illinois University. It is the recent development of words entering her artwork that has captured my attention. For years Tripp found the use of words difficult and felt happier using colours and shapes to express the universal language of art. Three years ago she embarked upon a series of 'Word Paintings" and now it seems she cannot read a book without identifying a word that looks as if it should be made into a painting. Her Jawspring poem turns the tables once again, this time conjuring mental images with her words......

days lengthening towards a sharing feast of raw recycled moments

Stella Tripp's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Diane Taber - Lyrical kisses

Diane Taber
courtesy of www.dianetabermusic.com
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's Poet brings a touch of glamour to the Jawspring exhibition. Diane Taber is the Buffalo (NY, USA) born singer-songwriter who has notched up an eye-watering list of collaborations with many a Jazz icon. Despite being a frequent traveller on the North American live music circuit it was at home that her love of music developed. Taber's father was a singer and it was the way he delivered a lyric and the magical story it possessed that inspired her at the age of 5. Now is the time for her talent to truly blossom, she has cast off the yoke of other writer's lyrics and has become a wordsmith in her own right (More Than One Ingredient, 2013). Looking in her current playlist I see she has one eye on our London Jazz world (George Crowley and Kit Downes) but it is with pleasure that we return our gaze across the Atlantic and revel in her poetic talents.......

Or, will your smile
be like a kiss I'll want
to taste forever

Diane Taber's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Flying high with Bright Redgrave

Bright Redgrave
courtesy of www.victoriaredgrave.co.uk
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's poet is an alchemist, an experimenter and cerebral adventurer. Bright Redgrave is the nom de plume or alternative identity of the artist Victoria Redgrave. As a creator she is Interior Design's errant sibling, chewing up controlled spaces and spitting out conceptual sculpture and performance art. If you are lucky enough to be drawn into one of Redgrave's worlds then be prepared to have your beliefs and identity encouragingly challenged. Her ideals and ethos are in tune with us here at Jawspring with an interest in incorporating recycled and reused materials in her work. On a personal level I am drawn to her written work, particularly her 'A Road' anthology, that charts a journey through mental illness, physical pain, spiritual awareness and the inquisitive nature of the human condition. Here is her elevating poem for the JawSpring exhibition......

Souls Journey
 
One day
One way
Open mind
Open sky
Fly


Bright Redgrave's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Darren Atkinson - Catalyst Converter

Darren Atkinson - Catalyst Poet
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's poet has been addicted to Haikus since he was knee high to a giraffe. Darren Atkinson is no stranger to change and transformation, for the past two years he has had the unenviable task of migrating the public of Croydon away from their telephonic addiction and into the online stream. Since then he has been poached by Canberra Institute of Technology and has swapped South London for sunnier climes. I know him from his work with the rambling art collective SMartwalks, whose artwork is currently being honoured with an entry in the THE WALKING ENCYCLOPAEDIA at the AirSpace Gallery in Stoke. For the Jawspring exhibition he has submitted this 'Procrastination' haiku, but in reality there is nothing static about this dynamic individual except the shock from his waterproof leggings......

intention, hawk poised
hypnagogic delusion,
inertia beset

Darren Atkinson
Procrastination Haiku
We have printed his poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Julie Reay - Poetic Firebrand


Julie Reay's
Open Fridge Artwork
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Julie Reay has been exhibiting with us since the Open Fridge Exhibition in 2010 (Gallery 89, Barnet). She has a keen eye for the poetic and political, and was drawn to our inclusive ideals, something which is close to her heart too. I first knew her as an elected  Councillor for Kingston Council in 1990's. Reay has since been appointed Chair of Kingston and Richmond Health Authority and is now a consultant to the voluntary sector and works for Unison in an acute hospital. I have always admired her passion and charisma which draws you close like a moth to a flame. Her poem is one of the shortest in the exhibition and is typically positive in light of the torrential rain that is presently the UK's unwelcome guest. I imagine Reay holding up the sky like Atlas on her beautiful shoulders.....

this fiery ribbon is holding up the rain

Julie Reay
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Karen Harvey - Fenland Friendships

Karen Harvey
Courtesy of horsefairshoppingcentre.co.uk/
 
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

We couldn't of crammed the CV of today's poet on a 50 foot sushi, so here's a mere soupcon. Since graduating from Berkshire School of Art with a First Class BA(Hons) in Photography, Karen Harvey has worked mainly as a freelance photographer and arts facilitator but also as a writer, curator, consultant, lecturer, mentor and residential artist. She founded Atelier East, the arts organisation that inspires creativity and high quality arts to the Fens. Admirably and very close to our ideals she also created the Fenland Scrapstore Ltd, which focuses on making the arts accessible for everyone. It seems she is a born organiser and entrepreneur and the brightest jewel in her crown is Sutter Hub, an invaluable source of information, advice, networking and opportunities for all photographers.

As if that wasn't enough she won a Clore Poetry and Literature Award in 2011. Amongst the dazzling glare of these accolades it is refreshing to see Karen Harvey's darker side with her sushi poem The Death of Friendship......

She was consumed by her own selfish head
And fell into her own hollow heart.


We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.


All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Effra Aye-Maung-Hider - Not that strange or odd

Effra Aye-Maung-Hider
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today's poet makes it a full house of participation in this small artistic enclave. Effra is my eldest daughter and despite having a talent for drama she also has a way with words. Just like her namesake, the River Effra, she keeps her talents underground with brief flashes of natural brilliance when the mood takes her.  She is no slouch when it comes to Art either and won the coveted Pomme D'Or at the inaugural Open Fridge Exhibition in 2010 at Gallery 89. Like any daughter her poem reflects both the idiocy of her father's projects and the affection that swells within..............

IMPLAUSABLE AS
SUSHI POETRY HAIKU GAME
NOT THAT STRANGE OR ODD.

Effra's Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.


All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Paul Jerram - Shredded Art Man

Paul Jerram - Barra
'Art Jazzed Up' Exhibition
Shaw Gallery 2013
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

I became aware of today's poet at the Rarities exhibition in 2011, where he exhibited two of his magnetic images on Hasting's Pier. Since then Paul Jerram has weaved his way into a broad palette of exhibitions, interventions and publications like Patternotion.  His paper shuffling creations are a testament to his philosophy.

"The mode of thinking I have adopted and extended from my everyday living into my Fine Art practice is the idea of recycling in its broadest sense. Being able to make greater use of the materials I have around me or that I am presented with each day, for example junk mail. This is something I would always feel very negatively about, but now I see a variety of possibilities and I find that I actually welcome it."

For Jawspring, Jerram has applied his organisation skills to cut up words rather than newsprint and takes us on a unexpected journey within just 13 words........

come in sideways out and not round the other way to the shore
       
Paul Jerram
Sushi Poem
We have printed his poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.


All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.
 
AL.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Staring at Milos Rankovic

Milos Rankovic - Art
Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

Today our Sushi Laureate is Milos Rankovic, an artist and poet who embraces the spirit of our World Poetry Day exhibition by reaching us via Bergen, Norway and a sojourn in Leeds, UK. We've been lucky enough to entice Rankovic into the magnetic art fold too, with three fascinating mega pixelated works ready to be exhibited on the streets of Bath, UK as part of the FAB Fridge exhibition in May.
Of course Rankovic isn't a stranger to an exhibition or two with a body of this work being presented at the Guggenheim, Chapman University. Stare too long at them and perhaps they help explain his JawSpring poem........

There's this moisture of the gaze,
the constant sweat of the hard-working eye.

We have printed his poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at albanlow@hotmail.com or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.

AL.