"Very beautiful, Jeff! The wood grain looks so beautiful. but the artwork within creates a surprising frame for such small works of art. Very creative and wonderful pieces to exhibit or for someone to add to their home space for interest. (+:…"
Exhibition of about 50 artists responding to the theme of "Texture". Many quality collage and assemblage works. I have one piece in the show, but the others are of unusually high quality for an unjuried show. I recommend a visit and especially the Marnie Jain collage.See More
Channeling my inner Cornell. These are black cherry pencil holders intended to accept a 4" x 4" ceramic tile for craft projects. I've corrupted them into aesthetic toys for my own amusement and maybe for others' someday. Various original digital…
November 24, 2012 at 12pm to November 25, 2012 at 5pm
Enjoy coffee and gingerbread while checking out most of Jeff's 2012 output of assemblage and collage. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24th & 25th - Noon to 5 PM each day. Park in the rear on East Water St. and use the garage entrance.See More
I am first a poet. I make poems, both written and “poem objects” inspired by the masters Cornell, Nevelson, Westermann, Duchamp, Schwitters, and countless others. I am self-taught and self-represented. I create from inexpensive or found objects, assembling to suit my whims at the moment. I usually create as I go rather than plan out a piece, as any plan quickly changes dynamically from what I see as I build.
I am a member of The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists, The Academy of American Poets, and the New England Poetry Club. My first book of poems, Chatter in the Canopy, was published in 2009 and is available from Etsy and Amazon. My poems have appeared in The Aurorean, Meanie Magazine, Recursive Angel, 15 Credibility Street, The Hudson Street Review, The Pictish League, and Blood Pudding Press. Her Unusual Journey won first place in the annual Lawrence (Massachusetts) Eagle-Tribune Poetry Contest (1999). Beach Glass, which first appeared in the Aurorean, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009.
Chatter in the Canopy
Poems by Jeff Roberts; Drawings by Dick Roberts and Doug Heinlein
ISBN-13: 978-1439214817; LCCN: 2008909362
“An exquisite blend of art and verse.” -Midwest Book Review
“…fiercely observant, honest and keenly sensitive, without self-pity…” -Ned Clay, Love & Love Reclaimed, The Simple Press
“…Roberts’s poems bring us to a place where we remember and might reclaim the kind of experience that both aches and heals at once—the thing we come to poems for, in the end . . . a lost wisdom that poetry more than anything else tries to give back to us.” -Paul Haenel, Farewell, Goodbye, Wave Goodbye, Washington Writers’ Publishing House
The original spark between artist, art, and audience is as whimsical and unpredictable as it is between humans. Who knows why we are initially attracted to a piece of art. As with people, the first reaction is usually to some physical feature. Something either affects us or it doesn’t, and that is perfectly acceptable. We explore. We discover. We winnow. A poem or a piece of art needs to hit us somehow before we move deeper into it. When I finish a piece of my own or discover work by others, either art or poetry, and that piece really works for me and on me, I have the urge to windmill my arm like Pete Townshend. It's what drives me and keeps me up at night and gets me up in the morning. I believe that any form of art is only successful if the work turns a common item or idea into an uncommon one – creating not only the poem or poem-object, but some form of emotional power chord. Or sometimes just the sense - or possibility - of that kind of alchemy.