Friday, May 04, 2007

Très Abel

There aren’t many things I go to in Portland that don’t involve David Abel. Thanks to David, I saw one of India’s greatest dhrupad singers, Uday Bhawalkar, perform morning ragas, unmiked, in a tiny NW Portland gym. Through his work at Spare Room, David's been in back of most of the poetry readings I’ve been to here some way or another. Last week, besides reading with Charles Alexander, he starred and sang in The Theory of Love, a complex, involving multimedia ‘musical lecture’ with libretto created (by David) from a vast mix of source texts stretching from Sappho to Basho, Cheever to Cixous. Next afternoon, I caught David reading in The Screen Grammar Cinema & Poetry Experiment, a poetry and film event organized by David Gatten and Cat Tyc for the 2007 PDX Film Festival. (He read, among other pieces, parts of a sequence dedicated to experimental filmmaker Hollis Frampton.)

Folks, it’s not over. Tonight’s the opening for BY ALL MEANS: ARTIST’S BOOKS AND OBJECTS, a show curated by (you guessed it) David Abel, in which seven Portland-area artists explore and interrogate the concept of ‘the book.’ 7 - 10 p.m., New American Art Union, 922 SE Ankeny Street.

2 comments:

Hayes said...

Indeed! Abel is the shizzle!!! And even after your great post i'm even thinking that he still hasn't got the cred he deserves (if portl had a laureate he would be the first!!! if they do, why hasn't anyone made it him!)!!!! He, to me, was an earnest and sincere. genuine, intro to the portlandia!!! And what an ability to see a community and continuously strive for its commune!! I thank David Abel here and will surely remember to do that the next time I see him,,,!!! Abel is the f'in shizzle....

Dan B. said...

wasn't f'in shizzle the political branch of the IRA?