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A Summer Spoken For

Brennan Gallery
583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Jersey City
July 10 - August 1, 2007
Reception: Friday, July 13, 7 - 9 PM
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Featuring poems by four poets from the metropolitan area and the printmaking of artist Edward Fausty, A Summer Spoken For: the sound of ground breaking in Poetry combines two art forms that seem to go hand-in-hand but are rarely seen together: Spoken Word and Visual Art. The exhibition focuses not on illustrating visually what the poems convey but on capturing the exact visual essence of the text: bridging the gap between art’s many misconceptions. Poets included are Julian Stockdale, Christine Goodman, Jessica Elizabeth Nadler and Francis R. Hall.

Selected works by the poets will be printed and typeset by Mr. Fausty and displayed on the walls of the gallery. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 13th at 7 PM features a reading by each poet of the works displayed. The show will feature the sounds of New York City’s Mikey IQ. The exhibition is on view from July 10th through August 1 at the Brennan Gallery, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.

Christine Goodman has been living and creating art in Jersey City, NJ and NYC for over ten years. She has featured at such venues as The Bowery Poetry Club, The Slipper Room, Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ), Cornelia Street Cafe, WBAI, Passaic County Community College (NJ), The Orange Bear, The Back Fence, and on the steps of City Hall (Jersey City, NJ). Her second poetry collection, [expletive deleted], was released in November 2006. Christine is also Founder/Director of Art House Productions. She hosts The Art House, Jersey City’s longest running poetry series, serves as Executive Producer for The Art House TV Show, airing on Comcast Channel 51 and Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and spearheads JC Fridays, a seasonal, citywide celebration of the arts in Jersey City.

When Julian Stockdale, affectionately called “the Rimbaud of SoHo” by peers and friends, decided to delve into the local poetry scene he tapped history’s mainline and went straight to the once familiar haunt of Frank O’Hara, Patti Smith and Jim Carroll: St. Mark’s Poetry Project open readings. He has also performed in group shows in Jersey City, New York City and Paris, France. Since then he has been perfecting his own voice over poetry rich in vivid imagery and intense, passionate wordplay attempting to make each line a remembered one. Julian will be reading his pieces “Carbohydrate” and “As I Rewrite Revelations” on July 13th in collaboration with the sounds of Mikey IQ.

Jessica Elizabeth Nadler is a member of the LouderARTs collaborative poetry collective `synonymUS’. She has featured @ the synonymUS homecoming at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Culture Shock, Girls Club LES Grand Opening, SAVE St. Brigid Benefit and chosen as an `Uppercase’ feature at the Louder Mondays/Bar 13 series. She also both wrote for and performed in the Artist of Tomorrows Festival play `Eve Descending’. Her poetry has also been anthologized in the forthcoming Penmanship Press publication `HIS RIB’.

Francis R. Hall, also known as Faceboy, has been covered internationally by television networks NBC and the BBC. He has been selected as one of Paper Magazine’s “50 Beautiful People” and hailed as a “critically acclaimed success story” by Backstage.

NYC-based vocalist/percussionist/one-man bomb squad Mikey IQ Jones presents a frankensteined collusion of mutant soul theatrics, doo-wop harmonies, avant-beatbox & extended vocal technique, kitchen-sink live sampling aesthetics, and onomatopoeic wordplay.
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