Necessary Arts, 2016
Re: Re: Re: collects together twelve essays and two suites of drawings in a series of nested subjects, threads, dialogs, rejoinders, and engagements with contemporary art, music, and poetry. Essays explore the arc of an artist's work over time, making art in time of war, Robert Rauschenberg's "invention," an "homage" to poet Jackson Mac Low, critical reviews of works by Jon Mueller and Hal Rammel, and hands-on reports of user determined listening, interactive poetry performance, and drawing as second language. Drawings reproduced include the fourteen journal/essay drawings Cambridge Avenue (2010) first exhibited at Woodland Pattern Book Center, and twelve impossible still life "object-salads" titled Object Syntax (2014) first exhibited at the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The cover features Virtual Landscape (Necessary Arts) from 2014.
"Thomas Gaudynski's witty, deeply personal essays convey his lifelong passion for experimental poetry, music, and art. With contagious enthusiasm and a gift for clear exposition, Gaudynski offers fresh insights for his fellow devotees and inspires the rest of us to catch up on the fun. Read, learn, and enjoy."
–Jody Clowes, Director James Watrous Gallery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas Gaudynski was trained in visual art during high school, but in his early twenties switched his creative practice to electronic music, text-sound works, and electroacoustic improvisation. Subsequently, Gaudynski performed, toured, and recorded with any number of alternative sound artists and musicians and is represented on over thirty recordings. Additionally, for over forty years he earned his living as a writer, marketer, and information designer, and for nine years he taught conceptual histories of twentieth-century art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. In 2010, Gaudynski returned to visual art-making focusing on water-based media.
Since then, Gaudynski has exhibited his drawings throughout Wisconsin, and his works are in private collections in New York City, Albany, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Seattle. His books Artifacts: Essays on Music + Art + Design (2001) and SELFIZDAT (2014) are published by Necessary Arts. His collected audio recordings from a(R)t NOISE and Necessary Arts are included in the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University and in the Creative Audio Archive at the Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago.