Friday, May 26, 2017

Dwelling in Illegibility by Elizabeth Workman @ Rain Taxi Online

Click on the following link to read Elizabeth's article which she presented at the Rain Taxi sponsored Asemic Translations reading at Minnesota Center for Book Arts:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Comming Soon! Translating Paint by Anneke Baeten | Post-Asemic Press #005

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Anneke’s Code for Interpretation
By Nico Vassilakis

Unwritten markings rest on an unsaid surface. What to make of this asemic writing?

Newly scribed documents resist an old foe – the unpredictable. Whatever it takes to leave behind behind. Meaning ain’t nothing but a thing.

There is hybrid in the air. Applying another to another. A thing won’t last unless it attached to the next.

I wrote this once – I think asemic writing/poetry is the ratcheted up magnification of parts of letters, the parts that no longer resemble and cannot be traced back to the original and so have determined to make a go of it on their own. It will be interesting to see where all the threads arrive.

Hasn’t taken long for a result to materialize.

Anneke is doing. She is mixing facets and excavating. Future aboriginal thrusts into the void. To write ahead of legible thinking.

She grabs at paint and she photographs how asemic writings merge with it. The black and white has attitude, makes it pointed. There’s a seriousness in her work.

Here is a possible rosetta stone age object. Certain texts, un-meaninged descriptives, assigned to specific brush strokes. Symbols, the undertaker presents, revisit how language transfers the audible to visual signage.

As each painted brush stroke is unique…

She says she’s “attempting a code for interpretation”

For each difference there is an adjoining asemic representation.

Creating an image using just these 24 brush strokes should produce an asemic translation. And conversely, a surface holding these 24 asemic stanzas, phrases and punctuations should be translatable visually.

This piece is from the ongoing series “Translating Paint”.
Anneke wields a sharp eye that steadies her composition. Her balance is sure. The series itself “Translating Paint”, shows her ability to keep a photographer’s sensitivities and a painterly hand alongside her visible language inclinations.

A key, genome, a periodic table showing how paint translates into writing and how writing is visual and gets traced into even further visuals and shifts into newly altered meaning.

This piece and its early building blocks, steers you to a future alphabet, near ready and able to propel you through thought and a capability to document experience.

She further explains, “it’s all about interpreting the paint, and finishing their sentences, showing their potential, their unspoken power or their assumed softness and how, when they speak, they can surprise as sometimes they could be speaking the opposite”.”

This piece is the first fold of a dictionary waiting to bloom.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I am giving a final tour of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts exhibit 'Asemic Writing : Offline & In The Gallery' on May 28th 2017 at 2pm.

May 28th is the last day of the exhibit. But there will be a pdf of the show coming soon. The following are images of an asemic mural I painted in 2003 before I had learned the term asemic writing. Post-Asemic Press titles will be available in the MCBA shop starting this week.

The following images are from a mural I painted in 2003 and are not in the asemic exhibit.

Imagine The Moon Floating Above by Craig Svare

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I have Wine and 4 Titles ready to go for the Post-Asemic Press Launch Party, Tuesday May 16th from 6 to 8pm at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

The Post-Asemic Press launch party is in one week at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, on Tuesday May 16th from 6 to 8pm. Stop by the gallery and say hi, and check out the exhibit Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery before it closes on May 28th. I will have 4 brand new titles to check out: Zinc Zanc Zunc by Rosaire Appel, Codex Abyssus by Volodymyr Bilyk, Unknown Message by Spencer Selby, and Works & Interviews by Michael Jacobson. Cheers, and hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Available Now! Codex Abyssus by Volodymyr Bilyk @ Amazon USA, Canada, UK, & Europe (France, Germany, Italy, & Spain)! Post-Asemic Press #004

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Volodymyr Bilyk

Volodymyr Bilyk is a writer, translator from Ukraine. 

His works include: visual poems in the series This is Visual Poetry (2013), CIMESA (2013), Casio's Pay-Off Peyote (2013), SCOBES (2013), THINGS (2014), Laugh Poems (2014), Vispo Ay Ai Ay (2014), "To When Tea Ties Hence to Wank It Too" / "Eminent Means of Basil Dado Hem-Welt" in The Chapbook 5 (2015), "Heartbeat, Footclick, Machine Gun Vocalizes" (2016), Understanding (of language) are not enough (2016), "Eellogofusciohipoppokunurious" (2017) and "Roadrage" (2017).

His works were exhibited on EL MARTELL SENSE MESTRE in Barcelona, The Future is Here Again: VISUAL LANGUAGE in New York and MM/FISTHIGH in Zaporizhia.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Zinc Zanc Zunc: An Asemic Conjugation by Rosaire Appel is now available at Amazon USA, UK, Canada, and Europe (France, Italy, Germany, & Spain) Post-Asemic Press #003

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 Self Portrait by Rosaire Appel

Her bio: Rosaire Appel (NYC) is an ex-writer, graphic artist exploring the betweens of reading/looking/listening. She makes books  (commercially printed, hand-made and recycled), ink drawings and digital drawings. Her subject is, basically, visual language. Using a combination of abstract comics and asemic writing, she develops sequences which remain open to interpretation by keeping the relationship between the viewer and the work active. Her website is:


Familiar Yet? by Chris Venables

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Post-Asemic Press Official Launch and Book Signing with Michael Jacobson: 6 to 8pm Tuesday May 16th 2017 @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts

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Post-Asemic Press Official Launch and Book Signing with Michael Jacobson: 6 to 8pm Tuesday May 16th 2017 @ Minnesota Center for Book Arts

I will be signing books and meeting people in the gallery at MCBA from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday May 16th 2017. This book signing will also be a closing event for the exhibit Asemic Writing: Offline & In The Gallery, though the show still runs till May 28th. It will be a laid back event. Three books will be available for purchase: Unknown Message by Spencer Selby, Zinc Zanc Zunc by Rosaire Appel, and Works & Interviews by Michael Jacobson. The gallery will be open till 9pm. I will have wine to share, and will be free to answer questions about asemic writing. Come down to see the amazing job MCBA staff did in presenting asemic book art, and view the first large scale group exhibit of asemic writing to be held in the US.

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2 Asemic Works by Aure Gallego

Instructions for the infinite

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Unknown Message by Spencer Selby is now available at Amazon USA, UK, Canada, & Europe (Germany, Italy, France, & Spain)! Post-Asemic Press #002

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“Here are some Petri dishes, each full of an alternative writing culture or sample of writing from an alternative civilization. Some of this writing appears to have been yanked and stretched, as if it had been written on a sheet of elastic material. Other pages resemble maps, diagrams, digital crystals, tattoo designs or ancient pictographs. Noise or wind or smeariness is a common feature. Throughout this work, the third dimension seems to be trying to push itself forward from the flat paper surface. There's a human presence hiding on one page, perhaps the author hard at work. I suggest that this book contains a message from the future.”
                        Tim Gaze
“The physical act of reading is altered here, it undergoes a shift. The challenge is to assess how a reader views and how the veiwer reads. A sentence carries information from one margin to the other. The line travels across the page. What happens between margins is open to interpretation, to some divine corruption. In UNKNOWN MESSAGE, Selby not only adjusts the content of the line and how it reaches a margin, but he takes alphabet to new visual potentials. Meaning is in the seeing meaning form new ways of seeing. These poems are derived from visual chromatin conveying the genetic material of a future language event. Again, the cycle of disintegration to renewal in visual language approaches. These asemic missives find you, are awaiting your attention.”
Nico Vassilakis
“Fuzzy-wuzzy, cranky, cryptic, vibrant, prickly, deterritorialized, endearing… no, these are not names of Snow White’s avant-garde dwarves but just a few adjectives that adhere to the overwhelming variety of Spencer Selby’s asemic marvels. These textural, textilic surfaces invite engagement of the most tactile kind, but they can’t be touched except with our loving, delighted eyes.  Poring over them is a wild ride into the possibilities of illumination and meaning. If Plato’s cave were the ideal rather than the simulacrum, its walls would feature these brilliant marvels. We are drawn toward these angelic morsels of signification, flickering sememes that reveal and conceal.”
Maria Damon

Monday, April 10, 2017

CODA by Sam Roxas-Chua‎

Teeth made script w/ asemic writing · 7.5 x 6.5 inches · 140 gsm black paper #ANTIWAR