Teeth for Poems/Poems for Teeth

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In 2005 I worked with Richard Loranger on his book Poems for Teeth (We Press), a mammoth endeavor that includes a lengthy poem for each of the 32 adult human teeth. In Richard’s reading of the mouth, each tooth takes on a particular quality, such as the Tooth of Alert (Upper Right 1st Incisor) or the Tooth of Grieving (Lower Right 1st Molar). For this to make sense, you need to read the book, and you should promptly obtain a copy.

Though I helped a bit with technical matters and provided a word here and there, my main role was to splash out a heap of gestural ink drawings to accompany Richard’s literary wonder. Brushes, hard Bristol paper, black ink. He made quite a few more, working with the same materials, and selected his and my drawings for print based on his own emotional reactions and perceived imagery, each image chosen to complement the texture and tenor of its accompanying poem. It was a continually surprising process, as what he saw often differed from my own responses, and I came to see my own work differently as we moved along.

The images that made it to press were tightly bound with the text (so to speak), and many other drawings came out of the process that simply didn’t fit the project. Certain of the pictures that didn’t make it in are stronger to me as individual images than some of the ones that were printed. I’ve been carrying boxes of drawings around the country, and this is a step toward finally showing and sharing this secret corpus.

“Teeth for Poems,” I call this “block” of drawings. Above, you’ll see a few selections, but there are quite a few more to come as I find time for the chore of photographing them. Time’s more than a little scarce, with a movie to finish. If you urgently want to see more, say so in a comment, to put a little pressure on me. Start thinking about whether you’d like to own one of these drawings for keeps.

Play around with the slideshow-thing above. You can make it stop, go, and click inside, then outside the image to make the “navigation bar” disappear, etc.

Go to http://www.wepress.org/loranger (including the link to an excerpt) to get a sense of the brilliance and truly alarming, vicious, compassionate strangeness of Richard Loranger’s work.

Monotype Printmaking Workshop

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“Eric Waldemar will teach a 4-week course in monotype printing at Denver Art Students League on Tuesday evenings from July 15th – August 5th. No prior experience is required, and you’ll quickly learn the basic techniques and possibilities of this uniquely fluid and spontaneous medium, which will inevitably open up vast new realms of creative potential. More info to come. Inquire here, or at asld.org .

What is the Thinking Truck?

A good place to begin. The literal “Thinking Truck” is a 1972 Winnebago in which artist Eric Waldemar (myself) set out into isolated terrain near the Mexican border. The general intent was to have some enforced solitude, both to sort things out after a series of disasters and to learn complex digital animation and compositing tools, with Art in mind, in the most highfalutin sense. Adventures of various kinds were had, some of which will be recounted here, among others that are none of your business, unless you get to know me in person.

The immediate impetus for this forum/assemblage/notebook/gallery is an upcoming show at Boulder Public Library (Boulder, CO, USA) on July 11th, 2008. This sojourn into the desert generated some astonishing moving imagery, and “The Thinking Truck” also refers to a movie that is emerging from that modest odyssey, which will premiere at the Boulder screening. Some of my older 16mm films will be shown as well, and a motivated reader can find accounts of some of them at www.ericwaldemar.com. That site is several years out of date, which will change before too long, but hasn’t yet. You’ll also find examples of etchings, paintings, etc. I’ve got a lot going on, and this blog and the upcoming movie will serve to help make sense of it for you, gentle reader. For my purposes, the Thinking Truck includes the whole lot: As the Truck is a vehicle, so am I.

The Thinking Truck rolls in.

The (Literal) Truck

Within days, the Thinking Truck blog will be well under way, with text and images that elaborate on the cryptic accounts that readers may have found in other sources. Be patient, and if you want to be informed when it’s properly under way, leave a comment below, so I’ve got your address. Back to fill things in soon.