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Finding Poetry Workshop by Will Kaplan
November 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
In this workshop, writing artist Will Kaplan will lead participants in creating found poems from different printed materials. With textbook, instruction manual, and art-book pages at our disposal, we will color over or cut out words and phrases to create unique poems both visually and lyrically engaging. This dada-ist practice nettles our notions of ownership and authority, favoring instead whimsy, collaboration, and chance. A limited supply of frames will be available for participants to mount and display their new poems.
Will Kaplan combines different mediums, techniques, and text to probe boundaries. This New Jersey native grew up exploring highway hemmed nature preserves; tensions between the organic and the human-made manifest in his work. His practice incorporates silkscreen and woodcut printmaking, paper and found object collage, watercolor and acrylic painting, and artist’s books and writing. After graduating Skidmore College in 2017, Kaplan has made a new home in Queens, a rich setting in which to explore these themes. His work has appeared in Vellum Magazine, on the walls of Local Project, and with ABC No Rio. In addition to organizing shows in alternative spaces, he currently serves as a board member at the Manhattan Graphics Center, and works as a carpenter and art-handler.