MinXus Mail Bag: Treasures from Kerri Pullo (Tucson, Arizona, USA) – Part I – asemics, asemic writing, asemic poetry, visual poetry

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Mail-art by Kerri Pullo (Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Kerri Pullo (aka Miss Kerri A Rose Con Pullo) is well-known and admired in the Eternal Newtwork. She is also a Mink Ranch fav, friend and frequent contributor. Her work is very diverse. Recently she has received attention and praise for her asemic writing, which most often combines asemics with painting in the spirit of Cy Twombly. Kerri’s asemic-vispo collaborations with Guido Vermeulen (Belgium) are making a great splash. In fact, Miss Becca reports one of these rare editions was stolen from an exhibition in Scotland!

All in all, this seems like an excellent time for MinXus-Lynxus to unveil new Kerri Pullo acquisitions made over the past months. In this blog we will share with you work that is primarily asemic.

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This is the reverse side of the stunning opening piece. What we like very much, in addition to the asemics, is that Kerri Pullo tends to use everyday materials rather than excessively over-expensive art store supplies. We find at times a very small hint of Trashpo, and indeed the envelopes did include loose, found materials.

Our pride and joy from these two mailings is this beautiful, handmade book (or folio might be a better description) containing pieces that can be removed (left) and other, sometimes cryptic, items.

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Asemic book by Kerri Pullo

This very sturdy piece is simply a complete knockout. Kerri’s asemics have an intertwining, organic quality in this group. The piece in the book suggests a vertical syntax or possibly it can be considered a poem.

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Here is a lovely section from the book/folio.

Another piece we want to share is this piece of vispo Kerri also included:

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It is extremely tonal, uses found text, and plays with the idea (as we see it) of erasure. The envelopes are very thoughtfully done, and we wanted to show you this:

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Here is some asemic calligraphy by Kerri Pullo. We know she is an admirer of Islamic Art and Arabic. We think the influence is evident here. Brion Gysin’s early asemic works were based on Arabic and Japanese.

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The address side also has some asemic work.

Wonderful, Kerri! Deepest thanks. And stay tuned for Part II of this MinXus-Lynxus Kerri Pullo exhibition!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. minxuslynxus
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 09:00:29

    treasures indeed. Thanks for putting up the collection!


  2. minkrancher
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 10:27:49

    Glad you approve, Empress.

    I know Kerri would not want me to put it on this level, so I will only say it once.

    The revered Australian poet Pete Spence has launched a one-man assault on asemic writing on Facebook. (We’re not on Facebook.) Dialog and questioning is always good as far as I am concerned. Pete certainly had to fight for acceptance of vispo as a legitimate practice. Why he is now obstructionist in the evolution of a related practice is puzzling, but that’s his position. Vispo is legitimate; asemic writing is not.

    The problem is that Pete Spence has made Kerri the poster girl for asemic writing. Everything he finds wrong with asemic writing in his mind seems to be manifested in Kerri’s work. That is not healthy debate; that is a personal attack. An established artist unleashing his wrath on someone like Kerri, who is emerging and really not equipped or interested in engaging in debates about linguistics or philosophy of language, is profoundly unfair.

    MinXus-Lynxus has always supported Kerri. And this is a very small way to tell her to keep pushing ahead and not let Pete Spence shatter her self confidence.

    Pete Spence was invited to join the asemic writing group at IUOMA. There are over 100 asemic writers in that group, many of whom would be pleased to engage in non-confrontational dialog about asemic theory. There are, as well, numerous venues to discuss the issues with folks versed in the theory. That seems a more healthy way to explore different perspectives than channelling wrath on a particular individual.


  3. Matthew Stolte
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 12:18:31

    Thanks for posting, MinX – this introduces me to Pullo’s work & will send her work next round! – M.


  4. minkrancher
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 19:23:29

    Glad you stopped by, Matt. Oh yeah, check out Kerri Pullo’s work – thought you were already familiar.

    Your Construction Sea blog is looking great & especially enjoyed the collabs you did with Angie Cope, don’t think I ever told you.

    Take care and keep in touch.


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