Container

November 22, 2017

As mentioned previously (here and here), we’re big fans of Container, the category-busting literary/arts project of Jenni B. Baker and Douglas Luman.

For its latest Multitudes project, Container mailed a vintage lunchbox from the 1960s-1980s to seven artists with an intentionally vague directive: transform the object into a work of visual or literary art. The result is the Container Lunchbox Series — seven one-of-a-kind creations, several of which have already been sold.

Container is currently — and only until November 30, 2017 — open for submissions.

Periodically, Container opens to submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction and other text-based work to develop into limited-quantity text objects and artist’s books (think: a poetry manuscript published on a fold out map, a short story printed on a milk carton, a novel rolled into cigars and presented in a cigar box).

Read the guidelines. Go for it.

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Multitudes

July 13, 2017

A few months ago, we introduced the new Doug Luman / Jenni B. Baker project, Container. Container has just announced the completion of its first project in the Multitudes series, #1: Rolodex Series. For these artworks, Container “invited a cohort of eight writers and artists to transform a 500-card Rolodex into a work of written or visual art.”

The resulting one-of-a-kind pieces are breathtaking, and they’re for sale. Visit the Rolodex page and click on the title of each piece to see additional photographs and read the artist’s statement. Inspiring!

finding by erasing

July 6, 2017

If you’re interested in found poetry, here’s a project that is generating a lot of buzz: Erasing Infinite, in which poet Jenni B. Baker creates erasure poetry from David Foster Wallace’s 1079-page book Infinite Jest (Little, Brown, 1996), one page at a time.

Learn more by visiting the Erasing Infinite site, reading this article from PBSNewsHour, and liking the Erasing Infinite page on Facebook.

For another page-at-a-time project, see Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish (Tin House, 2011).

endings and beginnings

April 12, 2017

If you are one of the many devoted fans of The Found Poetry Review, you will probably be sad to hear that Jenni B. Baker, Beth Ayer Chelotti and Doug Luman have “decided to bring the Found Poetry Review to a close after more than five years in operation.” You can read the announcement on Facebook.

The good news is that Doug Luman and Jenni B. Baker are maintaining their place ahead of the curve by launching Container.

Established to create books which aren’t, in the quotidian sense, books at all, Container creates objects which masquerade as parking meters, wallpaper, or crop seed sleeves. Working with text to determine alternate approaches to the traditional book form, we aim to free artists from being “boxed in” by forms, roles, abilities, or identities.

Watch for more Container news on the website and on Facebook and if you have created an un-bookish book object, submit it!

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