Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Greg Edmondson burns the candle at both ends

I always am happy when Poetry Scores board president Robert Goetz ropes our mutual friend, the impressively accomplished Greg Edmondson into contributing work to one of our annual Art Invitationals. This year Greg contributed this piece from his archives, provisionally retitled for the occasion "If you catch on fire/They will put you out."

With an opening bid of $150, this piece is one of many potential steals for those who come prepared to play in the silent auction. The rest of us can just enjoy a bunch of work - by 25 artists hailing from St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles and wherever Stefene's aunt lives - responding to K. Curtis Lyle's great poem about 9/11, Nailed Seraphim.

Though this piece existed before Greg was invited to respond to the poem, I do consider his selection of this piece from his vast archive to be a response to Nailed Seraphim. Obviously, it's a visual pun - the proverbial candle burning at both ends - and though Curtis' poem is about a horrific event, it is laugh-out-loud funny.

Indeed, the lines Greg chose for his title are funny (to me) and invoke a pun on being "put out". Since these lines conclude the poem, Curtis means to leave us laughing. Since the art in the show is arranged based on where in the flow of the poem the lines used in the titles appear, Greg's piece also will conclude the show - also with a smile.

That show - a free, one-night event - will go down 6-10 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 21 at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 3100 Sutton Blvd. in Maplewood. In addition to the free art and free Schlafly beer, the show will feature Curtis performing his poem, backed by Baba Mike Nelson, David A.N. Jackson and Christopher Y. Voelker. That alone would be worth the price of admission - if there were a price of admission.

If you want me to carry on about Greg's many and varied accomplishments - the Guggenheim, the salad days when Halle Berry and Elton John were collecting him, life among the tiny scorpions in the hills outside Chatanooga, the terrible truths about art I whispered to his infant daughter at her first art opening - come down to the show Friday night and get me started!

For a mockup of the Art Invitational as best I can approximate it now, please to click. Poetry Scores is a St. Louis-based art org that translates poetry into other media, including music, visual art, film, beer and sword fights.

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