Matter: A Picturebook


Matter: A Picturebook

by Dorothea Lasky and Matthew Fischer
Hand-Sewn Folio with silkscreened cover / $15

Matter: A Picturebook, the second installment of the Side by Side series, takes up language as physical material actively engaged with color, shape and space. This folio of new poems by Dorothea Lasky came about as a kind of reverse ekphrasis. Matthew Fischer, whose gestural abstract paintings serve as “records of personal and social expressivity,” made a painting in response to each poem. The result is a book of five territories to wander into, five intersections of light and sound, five ways of picturing the “matter” of poetry.

Matthew Fischer lives and works in New York City.  He has been an artist in residence at The Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY and The Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY.  He was the studio manager of the painting and drawing program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO, before moving to New York to attend Columbia’s MFA program. He has shown his paintings at Jack Tilton Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery and 247365 in New York and FJORD in Philadelphia.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird (forthcoming, Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007).