DRAWN & QUARTERED Robert Creeley and Archie Rand
Poet Robert Creeley and artist Archie Rand are renowned for their accessi- bility and humo , their economical transformations of the colloquial into an offbeat sublime …This delightful little book pairs 54 of Rand’s black- and-white lithographic drawings—in an unpretentiously virtuosic stylistic amalgam of Old Master and chil- dren's book illustration—with 54 quatrains Creeley composed in a daylong session.
When we went into a back room at the museum, and Archie took out the lithosheets and asked if I might try to do a text for each image there and then, I was intimidated, not to say, shocked. Still I said I’d try, and so we set out. The procedure was for Archie to slide me an image on the litho paper. I’d try a take or two to get the feel, writing on a usual sheet of typing pape , then resolve on a particular quatrain, put it with the litho sheet related—and on to the next. So we worked through the afternoon until, finally, all fifty- four poems were finished. Then I copied each poem under its respective image on the litho sheet. I recall we pretty much closed up the place—as ‘twere in dream! I felt as if I had been in some fantastic traffic of narratives, all the echoes and presences and situa- tions—like very real life indeed. I loved the almost baroque feel of the drawings, the echo of old-time illustrations and children’s books. Whateve , Archie’s sure got me. The rest
you can judge for yourself.
ROBERT CREELEY was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1987. Among his recent poetry books are Memory Gardens (1986), Windows (1990), Echoes (1994), So There: Poems 1976-83, and Life & Death (1998), all published by New Directions, as well as the collaboration with Elsa Dorfman, En Famille published by Granary Books.
ARCHIE RAND has had over 80 solo exhibitions, participated in over 200 group exhi- bitions and his paintings are in many museums and public collections in the U.S. and abroad. In 1999, he was appointed a Guggenheim Fellow, and was made the NFJC Laureate for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts. He was recently elect- ed to a College Art Association National Directorship. In the Fall 2002, Granary Books will publish Movies as a Form of Reincarnation a limited edition collaboration between Rand and the writer John Yau.
Artists’ Books/Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-45-8 • $15.95 PB • 7" x 5 1/2" • 100 pp