Moving Target
Issue

7.4 / Moving Target

March 15 2016
Tom Comitta, Point Line Shape (window installation at RNG), 2015

Introduction

Visual art and poetry have long been cross-fertilizing forces in the Bay Area. Much of this history is well known and well-documented. Think of the wild sociality of Beat painters and poets in North Beach or the multidisciplinary scene that gathered around 80 Langton Street in the late 1970’s, to name just two moments in time. Other instances, although no less transformative in their own right, have been less documented. Here, local artist and curator Margaret Tedesco’s venue-hopping series, Moving Target, which brought performance, sound, and visual artists together with local writers, comes to mind. But perhaps because its most famous examples are now well accounted for, or because it has long been somewhat routine, such cross-pollination is often taken for granted.

Borrowing its title from and conceived in the spirit of Tedesco’s series, this issue of Art Practical aims to take nothing for granted while providing a different venue for collaborations between visual artists and poets. It begins with a collaborative dialogue between Bay Area artist and poet Tom Comitta and curator Zoë Taleporos, who discuss the possibility of poetry writing and poetry culture in the space of the art gallery. As then, as spring unfolds, so will the issue. Through a series of text-based pieces and commissioned events over the next several weeks, our version of "Moving Target" can be conceived as a series of not-so blind dates that hopes to make manifest relays and conversations that are already happening locally—about form and capital, desire and community, gossip and institutionally, embodiment and aesthetics—or which we’d like to see happen within a larger field of interlocutors. 

We invite you to stay tuned.—Brandon Brown and Matt Sussman

Features

On Second Thought…

On Second Thought…

By Tom Comitta, Zoë Taleporos

Tom Comitta and Zoë Taleporos discuss the ways that art and writing interact, intersect, and, sometimes, are the same thing.

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Untitled (a treatise on form)

Untitled (a treatise on form)

By Anne Lesley Selcer

Written on the occasion of the 2015 exhibition Peter Kirkeby and Maggie Preston at [ 2nd floor projects ] in San Francisco. 

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Event: Singing Target

Event: Singing Target

By Matt Sussman, Brandon Brown

Join artist and poets in song at Whitehorse Bar in Oakland // April 15, 2016 // 6pm - 9pm 

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Emplace

Emplace

By Mg Roberts, Cheryl Patrice Derricotte

An archive gives witness to objects, and represents “truthful” and “objective” subjectivities. Images serve as documentation, a record, proof—a trace of emplacement.

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Kid Fridge Prince

Kid Fridge Prince

By Lindsey Boldt, Anne McGuire, Steve Orth

“Bruno then decided to open the fridge, and what he saw was truly amazing. It was outer space.”

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