The Desert

The Desert In The Desert poet and visual artist Jen Bervin continues in the tradition of poetic composition by erasure by sewing Taking John Van Dyke s prose celebration of American wilderness The Desert a

  • Title: The Desert
  • Author: Jen Bervin
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  • Page: 259
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  • In The Desert, poet and visual artist Jen Bervin continues in the tradition of poetic composition by erasure by sewing Taking John Van Dyke s prose celebration of American wilderness The Desert 1901 as a point of departure, Bervin has sewn, row by row, across 130 pages of Van Dyke s prose, creating a poem that forms its own elemental landscape and shares Van Dyke s poetIn The Desert, poet and visual artist Jen Bervin continues in the tradition of poetic composition by erasure by sewing Taking John Van Dyke s prose celebration of American wilderness The Desert 1901 as a point of departure, Bervin has sewn, row by row, across 130 pages of Van Dyke s prose, creating a poem that forms its own elemental landscape and shares Van Dyke s poetic attention to visual phenomena Thinking of the artist James Turrell, for whom the poem was first composed for a reading at Roden Crater, she writes The great get on with the least possible and suggest everything by light Evoking Bervin s earlier work with the sonnets of William Shakespeare from which she culled her own minimal Nets, Bervin here uses atmospheric fields of pale blue zigzag stitching to construct a poem narrated by the air so clear that one can see the breaks Ultimately, Bervin s poem is a reality that is sought, as many have wandered in deserts, in abstracted landscapes in the sharp physical, textual relief of sewing on Van Dyke s page, and in contemplation of deeper inward change, hallucinatory and bewildering.Each quietly monumental book has been machine sewn readily as glaciers with over five thousand yards of pale blue thread The result is this beautiful artist s book, composed in France and Ireland, digitally printed by Jan Drojarski in Brooklyn on handmade Twinrocker abaca paper, machine sewn by the artist and a team of assistants in Seattle, and bound in hand punched abaca covers by Susan Mills in New York The edition comprises 40 copies each numbered and signed by the artist Text from Granary s website at granarybooks

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    About "Jen Bervin"

    1. Jen Bervin

      Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin s work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large scale art works Her poetry artist books include The Dickinson Composites Granary Books 2010 , The Silver Book Ugly Duckling Presse 2010 , The Desert Granary 2008 , A Non Breaking Space UDP 2005 , The Red Box 2004 , and Nets UDP 2004 She has work forthcoming in I ll Drown My Book Conceptual Writing by Women Les Figues Press and Figuring Color ICA Boston Hatje Cantz.Bervin s work is included in the upcoming exhibition Postscript on 21st century conceptual writing and text based art at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art Her work has been shown at The Walker Art Center and is in many special collections including The J Paul Getty Museum, Stanford University, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, Biblioth que Nationale de France, and the British Library She has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, and The Camargo Foundation Bervin has taught recently at Harvard University and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and will be a Von Hess Visiting Artist at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at The University of the Arts in 2012 She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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    1. Brooklyn poet and visual artist, Jen Bervin, is the author of several artists’ books. Some of her works include The Desert (Granary Books 2008), A Non- Breaking Space (Ugly Duckling Presse 2005), Nets (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004), Under What Is Not Under (Potes & Poets 2001), as well as many other artist books. She works with mixed media, using scraps of cloth, discontinued thrift store thread, old photographs, and old course texts. She is interested in the in-between space and describes he [...]


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