Tracey Cockrell Poemophone: Model 5 2010
typewriter body, eucalyptus wood, hand-forged steel
I am pleased to present the February 2018 issue of The Art Section.
We have three articles that all involve sound in different ways. In this issue, we can read poems and at the same time listen to them being read, hear sound-based art whose content is water, and experience interactive sculpture that makes music.
Quincy Troupe, New York poet, well known for his Autobiography of Miles Davis, read his poems for TAS, and we are presenting them in both written and audio formats. The poems are from his forthcoming books Seduction and Ghost Voices both to be published in the late Fall of 2018, and from Errançities (2012). I want to thank Matthew Ostrowski, for recording these works for The Art Section, and Quincy Troupe for his reading. Hearing Quincy read gives the poems a layer of richness and evocation.
Artist Fritz Horstman has created an online curated project titled On Hearing Water. I will admit that since I prefer being in water to being on land, these works are of particular interest and delight for me. This curated project gains additional resonance by being paired with Troupe's readings on the waves. Those who want more about intersections between water and art can also enjoy Fritz's Notes on Underwater Photography in the Arctic. (
Artist Tracey Cockrell presents her sculptures that create sound and music. One of her series is titled Poemophone. Tracey repurposes old typewriters and from them creates sculptures that can be played. Poets and musicians have interacted with these artworks to create a sculptural voice. I appreciate Tracey's work in this issue of TAS and to be reconnected to her through her work.
It is interesting to consider the way these three article are so very different yet share some of the same passions.
Please read and listen.
All my best,
Deanna Sirlin is Editor-in-Chief of TAS. She is an artist and writer.