The art of Carlos M. Luis (1932—2013)
I collaborated with Carlos on two chapbooks, O, Vozque Pulp & ma(I)ze Tassel Retrazos, & featured his work a few times in Sleepingfish (which was actually why i was emailing him this morning .. to see if he had new work for the upcoming 10th anniversary issue, which won't be complete without a contribution from him).
Here's an interview that Carlos & i did with Joyelle McSweeney.
I've been out of touch with Carlos these last few years so didn't even know he had cancer. He had plans to visit us last year in Rome, but they fell through .. that was the last i had heard from him.
Carlos was & continues to be a big inspiration/influence on my own art .. in particular the way he incorporates asemic writing with collage & concrete/visual poetry .. often using chance operations inspired in turn by the likes of Cage, Beckett & Joyce. Not only did his work span disciplines & genres but he had a unique way of finding connections between ideas & mapping them in an engaging visual morphological space. There was a certain evocative force to his art, which is what powered our collaborations (my texts would be responses to his works).
Carlos used to send me art through the mail, some of which found its way into the two mentioned collaborations, others which found their way onto our walls (what the desktop views i've been posting here recently don't show are the two pieces by Carlos hanging right over my desk .. & just last month when we moved into our new apartment i framed two more for the bedroom). Other art is from self-published booklets or collections of loose images (we had been thinking about doing another collaboration to combine with the other two into a full-length book).
One of the virtues of being an artist is that your art continues to live.
Un fuerte abrazo, Carlos, si tiene acceso a Internet donde se encuentra ahora ....
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