Flux On Flux Off posterCLICK HERE to view a video of bits&pieces of the FLUX ON / FLUX OFF

13 X 5 is available as a small saddle stampled booklet printed by Luna Bisonte Prods.

It consists of the following thirteen collaborative cinquains from a 9/13/2014

gathering at a XENIA OHIO restaurant after the fluxus event with five people:

C. Mehrl Bennett

John M. Bennett

Jonathan Stangroom

Jennifer Weigel

Reid Wood

 

Muchos  

Huevos fritos

Even in Spanish, too

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Hotel room enigma

Purple magma glowing onword

Vamos!

 

Of it

Noteworthiness 

Carries better reward

Nothing for it to be famous

Or off

 

Will we 

Have more of  it

Bananas and loose leaf

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

We will

 

Fly fish

Two eyes in back

Jumpy maggots fall off

Boring football field on TV

Turned off

 

Using one line from each author from first five poems:

 

Of it

Two eyes in back

Hotel room enigma

Foamback sandwich swallowed fast

To know

 

Using C. Mehrl Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Muchos

Two eyes in back

Bananas and loose leaf

Nothing for it to be famous

Vamos!

 

Using John M. Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Sheet hole

huevos fritos

Jumpy maggots fall off

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

Or off

 

Using Jonathan Stangroom lines from first five poems: 

 

Of it

On a road trip

Even in Spanish, too

Boring football field on TV

We will

 

Using Jennifer Weigel lines from first five poems: 

 

Will we

Noteworthiness

Hotel room enigma

I’m just not bilingual enough

Turned off

 

Using Reid Wood lines from first five poems:

 

Fly fish

Have more of it

Carries better reward

Purple magma glowing onward

To know

 

Using lines from Reid Wood and Jennifer Weigel: 

 

Flyfish

Noteworthiness

Carries better reward

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Using lines from Jonathan Stangroom, C. Mehrl Bennett, and John M. Bennett:

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Bananas and loose leaf

Foamback sandwich swallowed real fast

Vamos!

Flux On Flux Off posterThere is a FREE poetry reading & fluxus performance event called FLUX ON FLUX OFF that will happen on Sept. 13th, a Saturday, from 1-4pm in which John M. Bennett and I, along with Reid Wood from Oberlin, OH will perform; Jennifer Weigel and Jonathan Stangroom from MO & ME will perform; and hopefully Allen Bukoff from MI (plus or minus other unconfirmed pARTicipants) will perform.

Where? Blue Jacket Books in Xenia OH – A bit over an hour from Columbus OH (twenty minutes from Dayton OH) and for your GPS convenience: 30 S. Detroit St., Xenia OH, 45385

A bit of background info: Wikipedia defines “fluxus” as a movement which is still going on today, though it should be seen as an “attitude”, rather than in the historical context in which most people might think of an “art movement”. Today, we still perform historical scores (such as George Brecht’s “water music”) and often wear bowler hats and dress in black for group performance purposes, as we have great respect for the original bowler hatted members who created scores with the idea that they could be re-performed by ANYONE, and would take on a new life depending on the new performer’s interpretation and performance circumstances. The word “Fluxus” is a name taken from a Latin word meaning “flow, flux” (noun); “flowing, fluid” (adj.). But also, ANYONE with understanding of the fluxus attitude can create brief or durational scores and perform or publish them with or without an audience, anytime, in any place, and via any media.

See http://www.bluejacketbooks.com/ for more info about what BLUE JACKET BOOKS, our venue for Sept. 13th (2014), might have to offer for collecting or research or for your personal edification. They ship books for free if the order is $25 or over, and welcome inquiries via phone or email for specific interests.

Luna Bisonte Prods will have a few books out on display during and after the above event.

 

These works were created for one side of a collaborative accordian book. The other side involved one long horizontal collaborative work.

JMB CMB accordian side two (Click image to view large)

Only six copies of this book exist right now. 3.5″ ht. x 17″ length unfolded.

Xray-Vision-collaborative-accordian-book  JMB CMB accordian cover

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We ran into Christine Hayes in the Worthington OH post office a bit over a week ago. Christine was on her way to Comfest in the Short North area of Columbus, and so upon exiting the post office we were regaled with her ART CAR. As I took the opportunity to snap these photos, she asked me to remind folks “Do Not Touch the Art Cars”. Can you believe that some people have the nerve to lean up against or even sit on them! Christine’s assembled paraphenalia of colorful found objects and small toys and now, I’ve noticed, computer keys, is just such amazing EYE & MIND CANDY that I can’t resist sharing these photos here. She’s been sharing her art car at community events for decades now, and I feel a great sense of camaraderie with her with regards to her art aesthetic. She’s also a fellow Aldus Society member and works at the Acorn Bookshop in Grandview, where we visited yesterday and I picked up a load of cheap, used books and books on CD (for my long-distance car trips).

overview of Asemic Shadows with Cheryl PennCheryl Penn is an artist living in South Africa. See her book arts at THIS BLOG

We have exchanged mail art and have done a collaborative book together once before. This time Cheryl mailed six original 3.5 x 2.5 inch sections of a painting she did, along with a color photo of the original full sized painting. I scanned the six painted pieces and digitally dissected the color photo to create more page images for our book. Then I added my linear pictoglyphs, using her paintings as inspiration.

 

I inkjet printed nine of these, sprayed with UV protective coating, added varying collage elements, and different cord colors and beads to secure the book shut for storage. It was a real pleasure to work with Cheryl Penn’s painting for my fourth collaborative accordian book. I’ve posted all four for sale on ETSY (click here if interested).

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My related “Little Stories” YouTube video is HERE

Note: Shawn McMurtagh’s text is in lower part of each page.

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In June 2014 I visited The Fluxus Indian Museum which resides in an apartment over a garage in the building known as “The Carriage House”. It’s part of Garst Farm Resort and located within the Whiterock Conservancy, which is about 60 miles upstream from Des Moines, IA (click on the Whiterock website for specific directions). As this is a resort area (canoeing, hiking, excellent bird-watching, a beautiful old barn with three floors available for social events, a visitors center, etc.) the second floor apartment in the carriage house is available for a daily rental fee, and Allen Bukoff’s Fluxus Indian materials & placards – which belong to Elizabeth (Liz) Garst – can be viewed by appointment if no one is renting the place when you want to come by (current keeper of reservations is available at PH#712-790-3024). Click on the thumbnails to view large and to read the placards. Click on THE FLUXUS INDIAN MUSEUM, Allen Bukoff’s website, to learn more. There is a separate display in the apartment’s bathroom of items contributed to the museum by previous visitors. I did not photograph those items, but they are also really fun to see. Liz said the bathroom is one of her favorite parts of the museum. I left her with a gift* as well, though I’m not sure she’ll be able to work it into the bathroom display. (*A ceramic dino-dog made by Levent Isik.)

After seeing the museum I sat down with Liz Garst to chat about the museum and how she went to school with Allen in Coon Rapids and about her family’s endowment of Garst Farm to the conservancy. She’s only had one complaint about associating the idea of a fictional Indian tribe with articles in the museum, and will not feel compelled to end the display unless additional complaints are forth coming. I view the association as good, clean fluxus fun — much like the “Steam Punk” scene ripping off artifacts of the Victorian age and convoluting them to express something entirely new. The Fluxus Indians are a kind of fictional anthropology, much like fictional countries which mail artists create in order to design their own cinderella postage artistamps. The exhibit is getting old now, as seen by the fading placards and aging materials as they develop the patina of a “real historical museum”. In a couple small shelves placed at eye level between book shelves are collections of miniature artifacts which I caught in a few of the photos in this blog. Liz doesn’t remember if Allen arranged them or if she arranged them as she accumulated small items over the years. A few books associated with Fluxus are amid lots of other books displayed near the fluxus miniature paraphernalia, so it would be fun to go back someday and spend a night or two at the apartment perusing the books, and a day enjoying the stream and parkland areas, and perhaps check out the goings-ons in nearby Coon Rapids as well.