Truly a polymath, Schlossberg is a celebrated poet, visual artist, and interactive environment creator. His assimilative interdisciplinary nature and practice are communicated through United States of America, the artist's poetry generated by each separate word of the loaded title, conveyed across four drawings. The poetry expresses national imagery ("A people let a land be seen" is how America begins) and the unstable use of Liquid Crystal paint changes color, together with more conventional drawing materials, to animate the flaglike unfurling of the drawing composition. Schlossberg is based in New York.
I always thought I was composing a poem to be translated into both a conceptual and a visual experience.
What interests me the most is the idea that the words can be used to describe the process of discovering them and not simply describing a subject.
I have always acted on the premise that knowing was better than only describing and suggesting ways to know more was even better because it shares multiple insights.
Linking knowing with the feelings about being enables the creation of an experience that I find thrilling.
My artwork is meant to represent the way that I know how to describe the world, and not the world itself.
United States of America, 1983
In four parts
Ink, pencil, crayon and Liquid Crystal paint on paper
30 1/2 x 40 each
Edwin Schlossberg and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Our voices as we are
We love to connect, admire
Rebellion is the fabric, not what is on it.
Living demands preparations for weather
Together assumes individuals
Complexity is the structure of chaos
Trust no one who would eliminate
We'll lead we are all leading
Diversity is strength
We become mechanical
We are electronic
We are becoming biological
Our system accepts chaos, respects diversity
Isolated resisting voices complain
Our goals must elude our daily attempts to model our mood
Living is gorgeous All firsts
Never a part of being
There is enough stuff
This can be changed, it is changing, has us waiting and wanting has us held
A resource is a dream
We were dreamers of things
Across the fog along the coast beneath the limbs
Greatness occurs between people
A people let a land be seen
We are various this is our strength
In difference is texture and wonder
Our power comes through living as an entity
We offer safety from and safety to. Limiting excess
The threat in each of us is to become numb
Think of two oceans, mountains and sky between, alight
What the earth does is in our veins
The laboratory has been founded
We are the experiment and experimenters.
Created in 1983, this work in four parts was included in the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts exhibition entitled 1984. As their stenciling indicates, the four parts are entitled “United,” “States,” “Of,” and “America.” Poetry written by the artist forms the text of each segment. The poems relate to the title of the whole through their national imagery; the messages are carried out through the coloration of the whole, with the manner of drawing unfurled like a flag.
The Ronald Feldman Gallery show called 1984 was a protest to Reagan. The show was conceived to use Orwell’s book, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), as a cautionary tale that might lead to a president usurping all authority to himself and lying and destroying the cultural fabric of the United States. Unfortunately no one paid attention, and so we are living in the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four now.
Edwin Schlossberg showing his work at Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2015
Edwin Schlossberg’s artwork portrays words as art, turning poems into visual objects to make them more accessible for the viewer. He has worked in a variety of mediums, including vinyl, plexiglass, aluminum and copper. His works have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, and can be found in private collections and museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. In addition to his accomplishments in visual art and poetry, Schlossberg is the Founder and Principal Designer for ESI Design, a leading experience design firm in New York.
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