DEBTOR’S PRISON Lewis Warsh and Julie Harrison
Debtor’s Prison is the first collaboration between poet/novelist Lewis Warsh and video/visual artist Julie Harrison, in which skewed and closely-cropped black-and- white video stills from Harrison’s primi- tive-style documentary and performance tapes of the 1970s are paired with stark lines of text written in response by Warsh. Lynne Tillman writes, “Debtor’s Prison combines the intelligences and sensibilities of two compelling artists, Lewis Warsh and Julie Harrison, and through their ways of seeing and observing, investigates the strange call and response between forms. The ambiguities of meaning, life’s pleasures and anguish, find a beautiful and disturbing home here.”
JULIE HARRISON has been a “crossover” artist for more than twenty years, moving between video, performance, painting, installation, computers and books. She is the recipient of numerous grants including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and Creative Artists Public Service Award (CAPS).
LEWIS WARSH is the author of two novels, A Free Man and Agnes & Sally; two books of stories, Money Under the Table and Touch of the Whip; three volumes of autobio- graphical writing; and more than fifteen books of poetry, including The Origin of the World (2001). He is co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology, published by Granary Books in 2001, co-founder and publisher of United Artists Books and is presently on the faculty of Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“ W A R S H A N D H A R R I S O N h a v e p u s h e d b e y o n d b o u n d a r i e s w i t h t h i s d i s c u s s i o n b e t w e e n f o r m s . . . t h e v i s u a l i m a g e s [ a r e ] h a u n t i n g , a n d t h e t e x t t h o u g h t p r o v o k i n g . . . ”
Artists’ Books/Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-58-X • $24.95 PB • 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" • 136 pp