MinXus Mail Bag: “PhotoAsemic LandScapes” & Stamps by Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)

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Cover of PhotoAsemic LandScapes by Borderline Grafix (Austin, Texas, USA)

Our ever-faithful Texas correspondent, Borderline Grafix, sent us a package bursting with art, news and even a bit of history. In fact, we will take three blogs to share all the interesting material.

First, we are thrilled to present excerpts from a 12-page chapbook (aka TLP or even a zine) by Borderline Grafix titled PhotoAsemic LandScapes. We are very excited about this venture:

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Borderline Grafix chooses photography as the medium for asemics in this book, and nature provides the source for symbols, syntax and structures that suggest language. During the big collaborative asemic book projects circa 2011-12, we coined the terms “eco-asemics” to describe artists who found their inspiration in the natural world. John M. Bennett (USA) was one notable eco-ascemicist during that time, and the idea captured the imagination of the late Guido Vermeulen (Belgium) who made many important and innovative contributions. Borderline Grafix joins them.

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Above are two excellent, representative pages from PhotoAsemic Landscapes. Borderline Grafix applies a keen eye for images and has enhanced/altered the photos to give them a textual quality. Trees, in particular, appear frequently in the book providing both language-suggestive linearity as well as complex organic formations that could be construed as cursive writing.

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While clearly representational, distortion and other devices bring the images to near abstraction, we think, revealing a commentary on the nature of representation and a blurring distinctions between image and text. Much eco-asemic work we have seen employs documentary nature depiction, such as close studies of wood grain, for instance. Borderline Grafix is distinctive in terms of the degree of image manipulation and the tendency toward abstraction.

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Above is the back cover of PhotoAsemic Landscapes by Borderline Grafix. Some critics (we call them the asemically correct) question whether found materials, including natural materials displayed in various ways as eco-asemic, have validity as asemic writing. They insist asemic writing can only be symbols made on a page by a human being and that conforms to a narrow definition. Borderline Grafix provides a context in the book and invites us to view the images as asemic and consider the possibilities where, ordinarily, we might not look. We believe the result is highly success; and as we revisit the book, we find more and more of interest and meditate more and more on the primal relationship of nature to language each time.

Borderline Grafix is also a master stamp maker and included this compelling sheet in the package:

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The x-ray theme continues the perceptual theme established in PhotoAsemic LandScapes: The artist asks us to look deeply into a below the surface of commonplace things. The envelope is a masterpiece as well:

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It’s almost as big as Texas and had to be scanned in two parts:

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Stay tuned for more work by Borderline Grafix in the days ahead!  We offer deepest thanks to Borderline Grafix for sending us this wonderful work, and we hope others are enjoying it as well.

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  1. Trackback: MinXus Mail Bag: Mammoth Missive from Borderline Grafix (Part II) (Austin, Texas, USA) | MinXus-Lynxus

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