otoliths: issue #57 is out

Issue fifty-seven of Otoliths, the southern autumn, 2020 issue, is now available online. It is dedicated to poet, publisher, & piano teacher Peter Ganick who passed away in April.

 It’s also the fourteenth birthday of Otoliths.

Once again it’s a wide-ranging issue, with work from Mason McClay, Michael Ruby, Brandstifter, Texas Fontanella, Sanjeev Sethi, bofa xesjum, Dylan Williams, Andrew Topel, Jim Meirose, bart plantenga, Willie Smith, J. D. Nelson, David Matthews, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Tom Montag, Ed Higgins, Olivier Schopfer, Clara B. Jones, Christian ALLE, Lynn Strongin, David Harrison Horton & Hidesaburo Saito, Daniel de Culla, J. Crouse, John M. Bennett, Diane Keys, Jim Leftwich, Matthew Stolte, Pete Spence, Mike Callaghan, Jack Galmitz, Guy R. Beining, Rich Murphy, Robert van Vliet, Cecelia Chapman, Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, Adam Fieled, John Levy, Alexander Jorgensen, Stacey Allam, Xe M. Sánchez, Joann Renee Boswell, Anna Cates, Rose Knapp, Isabel Gómez de Diego, dan raphael, Elaine Woo, DAH, Thomas Fink, Michael Grotsky, Januário Esteves, Seth A. Howard, Linda King, R. Keith, hiromi suzuki, Joanna Walkden Harris, Scott Helmes, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Randee Silv & Miriam Bloom, Joel Ephraims, Richard Kostelanetz, Carol Stetser, Kristin Garth, Sean Negus & Amelia Dale,  Barry Allen & Nika, Stuart Wheatley, Kenneth Rexroth, Lila Dunlap, John Sweet, Kim Trainor, H. Mark Webster, Eric Hoffman, Tony Beyer, Jeff Bagato, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Keith Higginbotham, Bill Wolak, M.J. Iuppa, Barnaby Smith, Karl Kempton, Jonathan Minton, John McCluskey, Simon Perchik, Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo, Tim Gaze, Charles J. March III, Anna Hedenrud, Kelly Sauvage Angel, Elmedin Kadric, Kell Nelson, John C. Goodman, gobscure, Keith Nunes, Bob Heman, Jen Schneider, Tom Beckett, Michael O’Brien, Robert Beveridge, Judith Skillman, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Dave Read, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, C. Mehrl Bennett, Piet Nieuwland, Penelope Weiss, Nathan Anderson, billy cancel, Taofeek Ayeyemi, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Alberto Vitacchio & Carla Bertola, Ric Carfagna, Gareth Morgan, Valery Oisteanu, Kristian Patruno, Francesco Aprile, Kyle Hemmings, Katrinka Moore, Marilyn Stablein, RC deWinter, Mark Danowsky, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Michael Brandonisio, Eileen R. Tabios, Chris Brown, Marcia Arrieta, Joshua Wilkerson, Bruno Neiva, Edward Kulemin, Paul Rossiter, J.D. Rage, Tim Wright, & Marilyn R. Rosenberg. 

izikhotane @ great falls word festival turners falls (ma), october 2017, text by peter ganick

Izikhotane @ Great Falls Word Festival, Turners Falls, MA October 2017 text from Peter Ganick’s 2014 publication silence, in-action. [01 – 19] . Izikhotane is Ernest Brute on words + Object Echo on sound.

Izikhotane is the Avant-Garde in the age of Auto-Correct. Izikhotane is spoken word & sound.

peter ganick e un’idea di scrittura installativa

Peter era tra gli autori principali di cui parlava questo articolo di qualche anno fa (15 marzo 2015):

cfr. anche qui:

Click to access mgiovenale_giocoeradar_scritture_installative1_alfabeta2.pdf

[r] _ peter ganick: a first little list of links


EPC page


Xexoxial Editions:


and https://www.scribd.com/document/66166987/Peter-Ganick-ERLEBNIS-2011

2007 http://willtoexchange.blogspot.it/2007/06/sheila-e-murphy-interview-of-peter.html

a collab with Rosaire Appel:


from “ad infinitum” (collab P.G. / differx), 2011-12:

note on himself, in Otoliths (2016):
Peter Ganick published Potes & Poets Press and A.BACUS between 1980 and 2000. Then he worked with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen on various online enterprises like white sky books. He is a piano instructor in his 43rd year of continuous teaching. He is now mostly concentrated on visual art, but retains his love for the written/printed word.


per peter ganick






Click to access ganick_properties_small.pdf


peter ganick: a first little list of links

EPC page


Xexoxial Editions:


and https://www.scribd.com/document/66166987/Peter-Ganick-ERLEBNIS-2011

2007 http://willtoexchange.blogspot.it/2007/06/sheila-e-murphy-interview-of-peter.html

il 2017 di gammm


– damiano abeninathi. 2017 [23-02-2017 .it]

– boris achourgames whose rules i ignore. 2015 [02-03-2017]

– rosaire appel. ebook: sample book. 2017 [25-05-2017]

– anneke baetentwo asemics. 2017 [24-08-2017]

– john m. bennettfour works. 2017 [26-10-2017]

– volodymyr bilykthree poems. 2016 [12-01-2017]

– alighiero boettile pendu. 1977 [19-10-2017 .it]

– isacco boldini. ebook: lista d’attesa. 2016 [19-01-2017 .it]

– stan brakhagevisions in meditation 2. mesa verde. 1989 [27-04-2017]

– stan brakhagevisions in meditation 3. plato’s cave. 1990 [17-08-2017]

– stan brakhageunconscious london strata. 1981 [07-09-2017]

– ian breakwellepisode in a small town library. 1970 [30-11-2017]

– roberto cavallera. ebook: veleni e avvelenamenti. 2017 [12-10-2017 .it]

– justin delareux. ebook: actes-textes. 2017 [13-04-2017 .fr / .it]

– justin delareux. ebook: disposizioni. 2017 [08-06-2017]

– antonio de lucasequence 01. 2016 [01-01-2017]

– antonio de lucasiderofono. 2011 [16-02-2017]

– antonio de lucascultura sonora per ferro e ottone. 2009 [23-03-2017]

– adelin donnay. ebook: 18 works. 2017 [20-07-2017]

– peter ganick. from “notes toward infinity (1)”. 2017 [01-06-2017]

– peter ganick. from “notes toward infinity (2)”. 2017 [13-07-2017]

– giuseppe garreracenni di poesia visiva femminile. 2017 [30-03-2017 .it]

– john gerrardwestern flag. 2017 [05-10-2017]

– marco giovenaleriambientarsi (ma anche difendersi). 2012 [14-09-2017 .it]

– joseph kosuthtext/context. conventional I. 1978 [31-08-2017 .it]

– raven kwok1194D^3. 2013-17 [14-12-2017]

– fabio lapianail circo delle storie. 2012-2017 [15-06-2017]

– ugo la pietrala mia identità. 1974-75 [16-11-2017]

– ugo la pietraper oggi basta. 1974 [28-12-2017]

– jim leftwichtape transfer. 2006 [05-01-2017]

– jim leftwichsix months aint no sentence (book 3). 2011 [18-05-2017 .en]

– jim leftwich, andrew topelconcept. 2009 [16-03-2017]

– emiliano michelinidistonie (sonetti). 2017 [22-06-2017 .it]

– vanni santoni. ebook: alcune stanze / some rooms. 2016 [09-02-2017 .en]

– lucinda sherlocktwo asemics. 2017 [27-07-2017]

– gustav sjöbergzu der blühenden allmaterie (abbozzo). 2017 [21-12-2017 .en]

– miron tee2016 12 15 19 08 57 130. 2017 [06-04-2017 .en]

– miron teeasemic. 2010-2017 [23-11-2017]

– c. r. e. wells & letitia trentfrom “the body problem”. 2017 [21-09-2017]

– luca zaniniframmento ad uso di complemento. 2009 [09-03-2017 .it]

– luca zaninida: cinque conclusioni prima del tempo. 2013 [05-05-2017 .it]


…and more:

tristan perich: 1-bit symphony [11-05-2017], roberto chabet: to be continued [29-06-2017], tristan perich: density[06-07-2017], 10 minutes: george hautecourt unscrew the cap of the pen for ten hours [03-11-2017], “lettere grosse”: draft 01 [09-11-2017], , “lettere grosse”: draft 02 [07-12-2017]


ultra-abstraction in painting and drawing / Peter Ganick. 2015

UA is the taking-to-the-extreme of any of conventional abstraction’s principles.

the first aspect is that an UA picture will have no reference to any representational-reality and will, therefore, be totally non-representational as a totality though representational objects like color, language, form, variation, and all possible combinations of these aspects can be included.

it is not a parlor game, though it can have rules—all meant to be provisional and non-binding.

ultra-abstraction is not conceptual art—the art is in-the-object, not in-the-idea-of-the-object.

like all quality art, it must satisfy a certain visual quality i’ll call temporarily ‘having-character’.

this ‘having-character’ is a quality of the picture or the object primarily—how an artist’s personal development courses through his/her life UA is ‘considered’ and without doubt, has the most carefully planned importance.

this pre-planning is not from the beginning of the exemplar’s existence.

the best way to talk of this pre-planning is: choosing the parameters of the piece, namely the tools to be used—perhaps that would be enough.

if we’re talking of a painting, perhaps a palette to be used, a type of ground, a means to apply color, and any other means the artist deems important, for instance, some music to enhance creativity—anything to make the artist feel painterly.

compositional aspects are in ‘free-flow’—there is no ‘one [or many] true’ compositional form[s] that will be guaranteed to work successfully in the making of this art-form.

in some manner, UA, like the quality that makes any art-piece ‘of-quality’, cannot be taught.

unlike developing talent by ‘practice’, the sort of experimental aspect that comes into play in UA is more of a poetic, irrational quality.

‘free-flow’ in this case means, considering compositions as structures, any structure can be considered to have this ‘of-character’ quality, but how that is determined is of the utmost importance.

chaos is not UA, which has some intentional-inner-structure that is recognizable.

by ‘taking to the extreme’ and ‘poetic irrationality’ is meant the unplanned, accidental, surprise occurrence that can come up in a painting.]

these, most definitely, as not ‘errors’—rather are opportunities-for-changing-direction-in-the-painting’s-midstream, so to speak.

a simpler way would be to encourage on-the-spot-improvisation.

this is and has been all along the touch-stone of jazz-music.

one must be open to ’the moment’— in this case the pictorial/compositional moment.

so, throw away ideas of ‘balance’ as a sure-fire way to enhance a picture; but keep aware of color-values, so dark-medium and light work together in a new way.

what i mean when i wrote earlier of ‘poetic irrationality’ as a thought to have in-the-back-of-the-artist’s-mind when creating is probably the best way describe UA is free-flow composition with the spontaneous improvisational aspect of utmost importance—or—if it’s different that what’s been seen before, it is worth considering—not necessarily ‘of-character’ but worth considering.

the poet, ezra pound, told poets to ‘make it new’ while some wise people would say, ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’—  i do not claim to have an answer to the discussion but think it’s valuable to consider it.

differx + collabs @ otoliths #43


7 pieces by differxhttp://the-otolith.blogspot.it/2016/08/differx.html

Jim Leftwich & differx collab: http://the-otolith.blogspot.it/2016/08/jim-leftwich-and-differx.html

Peter Ganick & differx collab: http://the-otolith.blogspot.it/2016/09/peter-ganick-and-differx.html