Asemic TLP by Jason Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Cover of asemic TLP (Tacky Little Pamphlet) by Jason Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

Jason Motsch is making some very interesting visual poetry and asemics these days. He sent a new TLP of asemic calligraphy that I am thrilled to share with Tenderfoots. This is a conventionally folded TLP – in the tradition of Eerie Billy Haddock – with pages that are approximately 2 X 3 inches. (You can click to enlarge.)

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In this TLP, Jason Motsch explores glyph-like constructs and various kinds of non-linear and organic forms. Distinct forms emerge in the TLP, and a play emerges that tests and questions the boundaries between these forms and the notion of enclosure. The work definitely suggests language, although it cannot be read in a conventional way. The forms mimic poetry rather than prose.

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The language-letter references are fairly consistent. Sometimes the shapes resemble the deconstructed letters that often appear in font-generated asemics. In other places, Jason Motsch transitions into an automatic writing mode (via Surrealism) where recognizable images seem to lurk inside or be entwined with the flow of asemic text.

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Back cover of asemic TLP by Jason Motsch (Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA)

Jason Motsch included a note:

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All this came in a nicely decorated envelope:

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Many thanks to Jason Motsch!




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