Saturday, November 15, 2008

Michael Hoffman drops the bomb on Nailed Seraphim

The lovely and talented Michael Hoffman has his piece ready for the 2008 Poetry Scores Art Invitational, which will go down Friday, Nov. 21 on his home turf at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 3100 Sutton Blvd. in Maplewood.

His piece is titled:

"Home is the Hero
Home is the man who looked upon death
The demonic, the unspeakable horror
Of the reversed god joke".

Michael's title, like the titles of all of the pieces in the show, is drawn verbatim from K. Curtis Lyle's great poem about 9/11, Nailed Seraphim. That's the idea behind a Poetry Scores Art Invitational: artists respond to the same poem, title their work with a scrap of language from the poem, then we hang their pieces in the space according to where in the flow of the poem the title appears.

These lines appear early in the poem - but so do a lot of the lines that other artists are working from, so it's getting hard to guess where pieces will appear in the space until we get in there with the jigaw pieces of the titles and start to hang the show.

All art at the invitational will be on sale in a silent auction setting, with starting bids set by the artists (and typically set low). Every year, this makes for steals.

The show runs 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, with free beer partly donated by Schlafly. For the original press release with a more complete list of invited artists, come hither.

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