Archive for March, 2009


beat poetry

Artist’s Statement

Artists use a variety of media to express their work.  Some media are very straightforward, and some are a bit off the beaten path.  One art form I have always found a bit peculiar is the genre of beat poetry.  To me, the whole “beat generation” scene has always seemed like a group of artistic people trying too hard.  I feel that poetry can only be melodramatic to a point before it goes too far.  Don’t get me wrong; I truly enjoy a good poem, maybe even a mediocre one every now and then.  But though I’ve tried, I have never found a place in my heart or my soul for beat poems.

With this project, I wanted to have a little fun by poking at the idea of beat poetry.  I attempted to compose my own beat poem that parodies the stereotypes of this genre of writing/performing.  I laid the track of the spoken poem to a series of corresponding still images – those of a beat poet “in performance.”  The series as a whole focuses less on the individual images and more on the stop-motion-esque feeling they present.

The basic principle of this series is to just have a little fun.  So often we get caught up in the seriousness and complexity of life, and I have found this to be particularly true in my own previous works.  This is my attempt at stepping away from the heavy and letting go of emotionally loaded themes.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.


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