The MH show is about artists at work and about work that’s in progress. Poetry assemblage is a work that’s just beginning to be in progress. I don’t know how well it will work or even whether it will work, but the theory is interesting to me. Here it is:
The idea behind poetry assemblage is to look at the interplay between words and objects. In assemblage, the viewer creates associations between unrelated objects that have been grouped together by the artist. By adding words, which are attached to the objects but do not name them, another layer is added. Viewers can create poems with the words and then see if any interesting juxtapositions of objects are also created. Or they can combine objects in an assemblage and see what combination of words that creates. Ideally, the object, the name of the object and the word attached to it will join to make something greater than the sum of its parts.