Ginsberg’s America (Berkeley, 1956), 2009
This book is a visual rendition of Allen Ginsberg’s delivery of his poem America at Berkeley in 1956. The poem—Ginsberg’s voice—is transcribed and typeset in Times Bold, while the audience’s laughter and comments is painted in Indian ink straight on the silkscreen film.
“The world seems to me increasingly incomprehensible, and there are times when I feel there isn’t anything that I know for certain. For me, making photographs (or painting, or whatever) is necessary to translate the unintelligible reality of being into a more coherent form. Or at least to illustrate my best guesses. There is vastly more nothing in the universe than something, and I try to create images that recognize the grace by which anything at all exists.”