Each piece in Amanda Earl’s newest entry in her ongoing visual poetry project, The Vispo Bible, represents one chapter from the Books of John, New Testament. Text is taken from BibleGateway.com, King James Version, and adapted into beatific, kaleidoscopic images. The Vispo Bible is a life’s work to translate every chapter, every book of the Bible into visual poetry. The Blasted Tree has published seven images into a chapbook bound with black, faux-leather paper and gold embroidery floss, and stamped with archival gold ink. An edition of 40 chapbooks has been produced, and can be purchased from our online Store.
Visual poetry by Aaron Tucker, O/Ô uses the Google translate camera function to translate the French and English Hansard proceedings for the day that O Canada/Ô Canada was officially adopted as the Canadian national anthem. As concrete poetry, as photographs, as computer layering, language layering, these pieces reflect the quest to form a national identity through the languages spoken and not spoken or translated. O/Ô has been produced in a limited edition of 40 sets of two 11” x 17” broadsides, and each individual broadside features a pair of images translated from the Hansard in either of our two official languages.
Constructed from layered up Letraset transfers, Black Square #1 is typographic topography, an exploration of texture and shade, and the geometry of precision and error. The Blasted Tree has produced three limited editions of this visual poem by derek beaulieu at various sizes, each highlighting particular aspects of the work - 50 leaflets printed at scale show how the square looks to the unassisted eye, 10 numbered and signed artist prints magnify and reveal surprising details, and 100 mini-leaflets reduce the image to its superficial geometry. Black Square #1 can be viewed at a high resolution using the link below, and each of the three printed formats are available from our online Store.
Produced as part of the Dream Islands group exhibition featured by the Nanaimo Art Gallery (July 21 - September 17, 2017), "CXXVIII" responds to the work of late Salt-Spring Island-based potter Lari Robson in Sonnet L'Abbé's signature style. In this "ecolonization," Shakespeare's 128th sonnet (represented below in orange text) is invaded and fleshed out by the poet, an "erasure-by-crowding" that becomes a formal analogy for colonization. An edition of 700 18" x 24" poster were made for the NAG exhibition, where copies will be made available for free, however if you don't happen to visit Nanaimo this summer, posters can be purchased from The Blasted Tree Store for merely the price of shipping!
A multi-media exploration of the limits of poetry and legibility, Sacha Archer continues to push boundaries with this collection of astounding poetry, journal excerpts, and supplementary material. In addition to these digital notes and drawings, we have produced a series of broadsides featuring selections from Archer's experimental visual poetry and his addendum to the work. 50 limited-edition sets of broadsides are available now from The Blasted Tree Store.
Our latest addition to The Blasted Tree's line of printed media, this 3.25" x 5" folded leaflet features the visual poem Plumpump by German artist and printmaker, psw. Plumpump is a dry-transfer work of typography strung together like strands of symbolic DNA, organized alphabetically and nonsensically. 50 limited edition copies of the accordion-style leaflet are now available from The Blasted Tree's store.
Graphic designer and poet Laura Rojas has created Morning shore, a poster series made from some of her recent poetry, exclusively for The Blasted Tree. Combining vivid poetic images with striking design and bold colours, Rojas' art works at the intersection of visual presentation and semantic meaning. 50 limited edition 7.75" x 13.5" posters of Morning shore, have been printed and are now available for purchase from The Blasted Tree Store, though, as always, you can preview the work online using the link below.
Acclaimed experimental poet derek beaulieu memorializes influential concrete and performance artists Bob Cobbing and Jennifer Pike Cobbing with his 2-part visual poem, In Memoriam..., published by The Blasted Tree in a limited edition 7.5" x 6" folded leaflet. 50 copies of the visual poem were printed on bright satin paper, and the leaflet is now available from The Blasted Tree's Store.
The Blasted Tree is opening a new line into the worlds of art and poetry! Beginning with this series, we will be making and selling artist prints on behalf of emerging Canadian artists. base currency is a series of concrete or visual poems by Blasted Tree author and editor Kyle Flemmer. The series works within constraints imposed by the analog machine to investigate the social and political significance of money. 20 numbered and signed artist prints of each part have been produced on quality card stock, and the entire series is available from The Blasted Tree's Store.