18.03.11 by Jeff

Micah Lexier + Christian Bok

A collaborative work by artist Micah Lexier and poet Christian Bok. I’ve always loved text-based work and for me this is a masterpiece.

Micah Lexier + Christian Bok

Photo taken by Jacklyn Atlas.





  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    this is a huge inspiration to me and my own art practice. it is perfect

  • http://www.abhominal.com Jason

    That is very clever! … His eerie text was mine.

  • http://www.bombus.co.uk Becky Smith

    I just love it. The simplicity of the complexity.

  • http://heyitsalexp.com heyitsAlexP

    Wow! very cool!

  • http://davidikus.blogspot.com Davidikus
  • http://www.gonefad.blogspot.com HAKAN

    CHRİSTİAN BOK is the man..

  • http://www.printingmatters.blogspot.com V.S.

    SO amazing!

  • lapetitefaon

    wow, simply brilliant

  • http://brendanscottcarroll.com/ brendan

    Thank you for the post. I love text based work too. If you have time, check out my web site: brendanscottcarroll.com.

    I take Polaroid photographs. An anecdote is typewritten on the lower white margin of each Polaroid. The anecdotes are fictional or derived from personal memory, other people’s memories, and actual events

    • Mr.28

      Don’t know why I decided to check this out but I’m really glad I did. Wonderful work man. A very simple concept but incredibly evocative. The real master-stroke here is the fact that the images bear no obvious connection to the anecdotes. They are all pictures that come straight out of real life and the anecdotes are believable and human but by combining them together you create a portrait of life that is somehow bigger than the sum of it’s parts. I really love it. Good stuff.

  • Jim

    Now we need a portmanteau that means “paragraph anagram”. Panagram?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      anagraph

  • http://andrewluk.wordpress.com/ Andrew Luk

    there is art, and then there is this! eerie is right

  • david isaac

    i’ve been following this site daily for nearly two years and have somehow never felt compelled to comment on how inspirational any of the works have been, until now. and now, i really don’t even know how to express it. maybe just.. thank you.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      cheers david, this is as good a post as any to leave your first comment – this work might be my favourite of everything i’ve ever posted.. along with the work of Tauba Auerbach which is similar in that she plays with words and anagrams and stuff like that:

      http://www.booooooom.com/2008/09/25/tauba-auerbach/

  • Shea Kennedy

    Christian Bok is a genius of words, I just recently read his poetry book ‘crystallography’ and it was so in depth. So much creativity. Does anyone know if he’s found funding for that project he was planning where he was going to rearrange the DNA in a virus so it translated into a poem??? I can’t wait for him to do it. We may all die but at least the poetry will replicate forever.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      hahaha ^ great comment

  • http://hubpages.com/_procw/profile/procw/ ProCW

    VERY neat!

    I challenge you two to do the same, but in rhyme! :)

  • http://aboutphase.blogspot.com panelomo

    very clever.

  • alisha

    BRILLIANT! :) i’m in love.

  • meme

    i may sound stupid but who cares.
    can somebody enlighten me with this? it’s my first time in this site…i’m not really into art. but i have an appreciation for it.
    can you explain the above picture? please. thank you.
    im still young and not fully exposed with this kind of things. but i want to,.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      the text on the left was written first and then the text on the right was created by rearranging all the letters and punctuation.

      • meme

        wow. thank you so much.

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  • http://bernhardhaeussner.de/ Bernhard H.

    Did someone actually count?
    This little script:
    https://gist.github.com/879974
    can’t seem to find another “C” in bok’s text.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      the text in your link isn’t even typed out correctly! there are two c’s in both texts – your link is missing the c in advance (and there are so many other errors in it)

  • http://www.nivbavarsky.com Niv

    This is pretty great – maybe all art is some sort of re-assembly, in a loose sense, and this gets at that point in a really beautiful way.

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  • http://www.benskinner.com Ben Skinner

    Christian Bok is a miracle worker. Thanks for posting this.

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  • adam

    Was reading this today: http://www.themavenist.org/01-premutations-loops/

    ..and thought back to this Booooooom post!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      nice find!

  • http://www.Jonlgrant.com Jon L Grant

    There isn’t really much to say about it that hasn’t already been said above this comment, it’s simply fantastic and I Love it.

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  • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

    THIS IS INSANE!!!

    thanks katie