Interviewsand Articles

 

Broken Glasses

by Richard Whittaker, Nov 25, 2008


 

 

In March of 2008 Lawrence Rinder brought Franck Andre Jamme's small framed mirrors with their hand-painted texts of simple profoundities to Meridian Gallery as part of a larger exhibit [Todd Bura, Leonie Guyer, Prajakti Jayavant, Phil McGaughy, Evelyn Reyes, and Dean Smith]. There must have been more than fifty of these small pieces. Jamme's strategy of omitting spaces between words and breaking lines in the middle of words slows one down considerably in reading the words. The effort required to decipher these short texts takes one out of conditioned habits of reading. It wakes one up a little and, compared to how we ordinarily consume texts, brings one closer to the meaning of the ideas expressed. 
     As I stood in front of each of these little mirrors making my own efforts to decipher the texts, over and over I found myself grateful for the rewards that kept appearing. It reminded me how such feelings are not called forth often enough. -Richard Whittaker

 
  
 

About the Author

Richard Whittaker is the founding editor of works & conversations and West Coast editor of Parabola magazine

 

A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being ... Read More 746286 views


The Dumpster       “We can’t use these. They look like ... Read More 157997 views


Say Grace I am deeply delighted to live on a planet that is so big and varied that I can ... Read More 11595 views


Cotton and Silk Vorbeck quilt, detail I’m working on the last panel of a pair of ... Read More 13137 views


A Conversation with Silas Hagerty I met Silas, a young man in his twenties from New England, at a ... Read More 79953 views


READ MORE >> 

A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being ... Read More 746286 views


Interview with Bill Douglass—Jimbo's Bop City and Other Tales At the time I'd first gotten to know the widely respected ... Read More 369067 views


Greeting the Light It was thanks to artist Walter Gabrielson that I was able to get ... Read More 312019 views


Interview: Gail Needleman Gail Needleman taught music at Holy Names University in Oakland, ... Read More 194458 views


The Dumpster       “We can’t use these. They look like ... Read More 157997 views


READ MORE >>