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The Enemies Project presents

HARD TO READ : exhibition closing

Saturday 13 January

In a nutshell

New performances by contemporary poets exploring the visual and visceral character of modern poetry

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Once we understand excess, then we can get really simple. - Robert Rauschenberg

A closing event featuring brand new performances to celebrate the HARD TO READ exhibition, which collects together the art poetry of SJ Fowler. This solo exhibition aims to pose several questions of the poem as a concrete, visual thing in the world. What is in the shape of a letter and what images do words recall? What is the meaning of colour in poetry and text upon the page, and white space? How does the situation of a poem change its meaning? Why is composition not a concept that applies to a medium that is innately visual? In literature, why has content overwhelmed context? Why has product dominated process? HARD TO READ poses these questions and answers them poorly, playfully, with over 40 original works drawn from multiple publications and previous exhibitions - works that interrogate handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, scribbling, crossings out, forgotten notes, strange scrawls - the odd interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, and coloured words that randomly collide with image recalling words.

This is an exhibition about the page as a block, about geometry, about lines that sever meaning, about inarticulate shapes, about minimalism and collage. It is about making, gesturing towards the handmade poem, the amateur poet, the outside, liquid and paper, the absence of technology, and ugliness - toilet wall draughtsmanship and mess. It is a response to being called an artist in the poetry world, and a poet in the arts world.

What to Expect

Avant garde visual art exhibition with performances and readings

Find out more / @stevenjfowler

Things you should know

For ages 16+

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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