FIVE POEMS/FIVE PAINTINGS
by Rodney Phillips and John Jurayj
 

Five Poems/Five Paintings, a collaboration between Rodney Phillips and John Jurayj. Phillips's unadorned free-verse lays bare a later-day New York School sensibility and unassuming lyricism. These poems transfigure the everyday like letters home, lending small occurrences significance simply because they have been noted and written around. Each poem is accompanied by its visual twin; oil paintings by John Jurayj executed with a delicacy usually reserved for lighter material — watercolor or gouache. The interplay of verbal and visual is apparent in content as well as form.

From Phillips's "Playground":

When I went to visit John's loft last Thanksgiving I
noticed some brown construction paper was covering
his beautiful windows and that a star was sitting on
the floor. In one corner was a nest of
tissue, crumpled up with pieces of mirror nestled in the folds. There is nothing I like better than looking sometimes. Dazzled by art
and friendshipS

The poems by Rodney Phillips were written in 2000 and 2001. The original paintings were made by John Jurayj in 1999 and 2000. They measure 30" x 30" and are casine and Graphite on linene . The design for 5 Poems/ 5 Paintings was created by Tim Convery and refined by Inge Bruggeman who printed the work at Textura Letterpress in Portland, OR, during the autumn of 2002. The text is printed letterpress on Zerkall Book, the images are made using Canon Lasercopier. There are 150 copies in the edition of which 100 are for sale.

The book is a hop-scotch type fold out, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", signed by the artists. $75.

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