26 December 2009

23 December 2009

Good holidays to all!

Yule |yoōl|noun archaic term for Christmas .ORIGIN Old English gēol(a) [Christmas Day] ; compare with Old Norsejól, originally applied to a heathen festival lasting twelve days, later to Christmas.

15 November 2009

t E N x2 p a g E S

Ten visual poems using unassigned symbolic marks.
Drawn in 2003, booked in 2009.

(to enlarge, click on 'full screen' at the top. to turn the pages, click on the right side of the book.)

23 October 2009

Arrived...and Left accordion book on view at IPCNY

Arrived...and Left can be seen at:

New Prints    2009/ Autumn
International Print Center (www.ipcny.org)
526 West 26 St Rm 824
New York 10001
October 30 - December 12

and at
Central Booking
111 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY

edition of 25
9x55" (unfolded)

21 September 2009


LEAF(s) is a sketchbook of graphite rubbings of leaves that I made this summer, not for the sake of cataloging perfect specimens, nor for identification purposes - I made these for the pleasure of the gesture of rubbing graphite on paper and seeing the leaf forms emerge. The process, though fairly mechanical, requires a loose, sustained form of concentration not unlike meditation.
This process, as well as many other types of ritualistic mark-making that use repeatable forms, rhythmic gestures and so forth, requires little skill and yet can satisfy the common desire to put pencil to paper and make something happen.

( 76 pages, 8x10", black and white, available for $12 at https://www.createspace.com/3397319 )

06 September 2009

29 August 2009

04 August 2009


A large detail from Snap (July 2009), a serial drawing.

14 June 2009


Selected images from POONT, 2009, a multi-frame post narrative story by Rappel

12 June 2009

Wordless (poems)

Wordless (poems) by Rosaire Appel. 2009. 100 pages/ black & white.
Between writing (language) and drawing is another area, an open, uncodified territory that has not yet been fully explored. In conjunction with this kind of work, a few writers and artists are beginning to use the term 'asemic writing', which basically means 'having no semantic content'. Wordless (poems) is a collection of visual, abstract compositions that mix the spatial functions of a page.

Liquid Calligraphy

29 May 2009

SHADOW POEMS by Rosaire Appel
(2008. 68 pages. b&w)

A poem is a construction surrounded by pristine, uninhabited space. This makes the page an active situation. The poem threatens to destroy the white space, and the space, pressing in on the poem, threatens to silence the poem. The poems in this book are by many different authors. The poems aren't censored, they're shadowed. Thus they slip though the copyright barriers - and also slip though the mind. Yet they still occupy space. It is the space surrounding poems that continues to inspire me.

Morpheme Pages (2008) by Rosaire Appel 
(68 pages, black&white.)
Considering language, what of the marks on these pages? Looks like language – but doesn't smell or taste like it. Pre-words? Post-words? They are un-words, they resist wording. Their language is non-historical: with every reading you start from zero. Still, these are not private, incommunicable, unsignifiable, non-suggestive, indecipherable gestures. Visual linguistics are a shared trait. You see a chair in a cloud, I see a chair. We communicate. Yet it doesn't mean there's a chair in the cloud. You see a chair, I see a pigeon, still there's nothing to argue over. A cloud is still a cloud.

arrived & left


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