Dogpatch Arts Complex Launches Softly with ‘Concrete Is Not Always Hard’
In concrete poetry, words and letters take on physicality. No longer simple vehicles for conveying ideas, they give shape to a poem through their dispersion, orientation and individual topography. Perhaps you once wrote a poem about fish in the shape of a fish? That was concrete poetry.
Concrete Is Not Always Hard, Ajit Chauhan’s current exhibition at the pop-up gallery 2291 3rd Street (yes, that is the name of the space and its address) is a group of framed works on paper made with typewriters and their ink. It’s also the first output from the Minnesota Street Project, an ambitious arts complex backed by Deborah and Andy Rappaport set to open in March of 2016.