by Johannes Goransson on Apr.30, 2013
(And now for something utterly original . . .)
Furniture without Rest by Thomas Evans
“Can feast on the real thing” (Cat Power)
Oblivion as They Rose Shrank like a Thing Reproved
Grounded in so great a project’s percept, you might just move through this book, its every page contentious. Hence that completed form of all completeness: don’t spell it at all just write it down.
“Means or doesn’t mean means nothing.” (Jean Genet)
Fashion perceives the rights of the corpse in the living, vanquishing both dissonance and gloom.
There’s only one good system, and that’s the Splendid System. Raven, evil seer at dusk, if the child is father to the man, man is father to the corpse . . .
When it gets too hot for comfort
And you can’t buy an ice cream cone
T’aint no sin to take off your skin
And dance around in your bones
T E quote: 3/6/13
G C-H misquote: 3/7/13
John Keats: Endymion
John Cage: An Alphabet
Jean Genet: The Screens
Walter Benjamin: The Arcades Project
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Adonais
Unica Zurn: Hexentexte
Francis Picabia: Eunuch Unique
Philip K Dick: Clans of the Alphane Moon
Wm. Burroughs, Robt. Wilson, Tom Waits: The Black Rider
In a Montevidayo super coup The Crypt Keeper obtained the following exclusive/effusive mission statement from the artist currently known as Thomas Evans.
The Pedestrian Thought Theatre is a theatre composed of individual stages [platforms], upon which thoughts and ideas are arranged as walks. Each thought is realized as an object of mental furniture *. These furniture objects attach to individual stages [stations] that, when arranged in a sequence, form the walk.
The Theatre’s physical foundation is a raised, upholstered platform called a Ductus Stage. As modular units, the Ductus* Stages allow the Theatre to be added to indefinitely, and to be arranged in a variety of themed walks.
Each of the ‘Mental Furniture’ objects that attach to the Ductus Stages embodies a different type (or ‘gear’) of thought. New furniture forms are continually added, expanding the Theatre one stage at a time.
The first Mental Furniture form is the Armchair Emblem. This is loosely based upon the Renaissance emblem invented by Andrea Alciato, in his Emblemata of 1531. Alciato’s emblems are tripartite in structure, combining epigram, icon (an allegorical scene or object) and a commentary on the theme in prose or poem form. The Armchair Emblems adopt the epigram/icon knot of the Renaissance emblem, preserving its concept without the commentary.
The second Mental Furniture form; the Walking Definitions, are walking sticks embroidered with definitions of terms basic to the Theatre. Walking Definitions are instruments for getting underway—instruments of accompaniment, punctuation and measure.
Prosthetic Mottos, the third form, are prosthetic body parts inscribed with aspirational quotations (e.g. from Nietzsche, Cassian, Nussbaum) to be incorporated into one’s body. The Prosthetic Mottos are language for ingestion.
Transcendental Ladders propose or delineate ascents toward various idealized resolutions, in a combination of aphorisms and signs. They are impractical for actual ascent.
The fifth Mental Furniture form, False Dichotomy Traps, describe falsely opposed concepts and paradigms.
The Pedestrian Thought Theatre is the first of several ‘philosophy theatres,’ all available for purchase. Currently under construction is the Collapsible Theatre of Unknowing.
*Mentational entities: Philip K Dick (Note: G C-H)
** Ductus: to conduct.
Objects from his Furniture Without Rest have been exhibited at Turtle Point Press in New York’s historic Woolworth Bldg. British, Thomas Evans edited Tolling Elves. He now lives in Queens with the poet Lisa Jarnot and their daughter Fab 4 Beatles fan Beatrice.
An “illuminated manuscript” with full-color illustrations on kidsplay card stock, Furniture without Rest is available from Amazon.