Friday, May 31, 2013

What the heck is a TRA?

Tra (tra) verb

1. Said before departing, a farewell
2. Bye, I'm off to the mall! Tra!
3. Spanish slang meaning "go!"
4. Italian means "between".

On Impulse

Glass House, 1998, Joan Marie Giampa
The word "language" in art is subjective. We use words in our language as tools to communicate with each other. But I feel that we use art to communicate with each other on a perceptual (sensorial) basis and as such there really are no words to describe this experience. I am always open to others ideas and analysis especially when it comes to my work. 

It helps me to grow and connect to others "words" and I enjoy how they connect to my "perceptions" of reality. Again its a looping process and words seem to get in the way at times because they are invented. But sometimes great wordsmiths concoct just the right words to describe just the right feeling. Both are invented during the impulse that propelled them.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

An Anagramation of My Name

What an agagram of my name means to me: 

I have a great propensity and innerstate of mind or demeanor for love that is spiritual, not sexual in its nature.

ma·jor  (mjr)adj. 
1. Of or relating to the field of academic study in which a student specializes.
mien  (mn)n.
1. Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind: "She is an artist with an imaginative mien".
2. An appearance or aspect.  
3.How one conducts oneself.
a·ga·pe   (ä-gäp, äg-p)n.
1. Christianity Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity.
2. Love that is spiritual, not sexual, in its nature.
3. Christianity In the early Christian Church, the love feast accompanied by Eucharistic celebration.

All About Anagrams

Did you know that parliament is an anagram of partial men? Or, Clint Eastwood an anagram of Old West Action? Someone once said, "All the life's wisdom can be found in anagrams. Anagrams never lie." Here is your chance to discover the wisdom of anagrams.  

Cool Anagram Generator Tool
  • The word "anagrams" is an anagram of "ars magna", Latin for "great art".
  • Louis XIII, the King of France during early seventeenth century, appointed a Royal Anagrammatist for a handsome salary.
  • The word stifle is an anagram of itself.
  • Japan's former capital city (Kyoto, A.D. 794-1868) and present capital city (Tokyo) names are anagrams of each other.
  • Kingdom of Java's (Indonesia) former capital city was Kartasura and then moved to Surakarta.
  • Ever wondered why there isn't another word that can be made by rearranging the letters of the word anagram?
  • Anagrammist n. : one who composes anagrams and when asked for the four points of the compass is likely to reply thorn, shout, seat, and stew.
  • An anagram which has reverse spelling of a word and itself spells a proper word is called a semordnilap.
  • The name of synthetic fiber Spandex is an anagram of expands.
  • Clabbers is a variant of the Scrabble game. In this game, all the rules are the same as for Scrabble except for one: all words have to be anagrams of real words.
  • Do Lewis Carroll's poems prove he was Jack the Ripper? See The Straight Dope.
  • It's said that the right to lampoon royalty and politicians, using anagrams, was enshrined in English law, when King John signed the Magna Carta (Anagram Act) in 1215. (-:
  • Also Newton supposedly used an anagram in describing calculus in a letter to Leibniz. See this and the book A Passion for Mathematics: Numbers, Puzzles, Madness, Religion, and the Quest for Reality (page 30).
Auto Anagrams
  • Camry, a car from Toyota is an anagram of my car.
  • Elantra, a car from Hyundai is an anagram of A rental.
  • Subaru, a car brand from Fuji is an anagram of U R a bus.
A pangram is a sentence that uses all letters of the alphabet. So if you are thinking about finding anagrams of all letters from A to Z, what you are looking for is a pangram that is 26 letter long. Here are a few:
  • Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz.
  • Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.
Anagram in various languages
Anagrama = Amar gana (Love wins)
Anagramm = Am ragman
An anigram is anagram which animates to show itself at work. An example of anigram is at the home page of this site which shows how letters of the phrase "Internet Anagram Server" rearrange themselves to make "I, Rearrangement Servant". You can display your own anigrams on your own Web page. See here.
An anugram is a true anagram. e.g.
Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one
All anugrams are anagrams but not all anagrams are anugrams.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Anagramation opening June 22 2013 at Red Caboose Gallery and online at Next Picasso

An-a-gra-mat-ion[an-uh-gruh-mey-shuhn], n.  1. An exhibition of paintings depicting roughhewn letters of the Alphabet, in an organic, seemingly naturally occurring font, composed from forest floor detritus.  2. Letters configured from tulip tree twigs, gathered along a hiking trail, and then graphically rendered onto the canvas.  3. Finding hidden and mystical meaning in letters by forming words, syllables, nonsense, fragments, hints of asemic writing, scat syllables, coded acronyms and hipster slang.

 Red Caboose Gallery is teaming up with The Next Picasso Gallery for a dual gallery opening on June 21st, from 6-8 pm.  featuring new works by Joan Marie Giampa.  The new work is based on an alphabet composed of tulip tree twigs.  The title,  Anagramation, was coined today by David Betz during an intense brainstorming session about the work on a very productive skype session. 

Exerpt from Press Release by David Betz

Joan Marie Giampa’s latest series, which is the culmination of her long-term exploration of organic found objects and asemic writing. Anagramation is an exhibition of 13 paintings depicting roughhewn letters of the Alphabet, in an organic, seemingly naturally occurring font, composed from forest floor detritus. The letters were initially configured from tulip tree twigs, gathered along local hiking trails, and then graphically rendered onto the canvas. Successive layers of painterly color were built up and then etched into, with the butt of a paint brush, creating exquisite surfaces, which seem more like the result of natural processes, like wind and water erosion, or soil stratification, than the human hand.  Looking at the tulip tree twigs that formed part of her earlier vocabulary, in a fresh light Ms. Giampa realized, “they’re speaking to me and I’m listening. I’ve decided to configure them into letters for this series and… so the new work entails more of the tulip tree twig, but with a language all it's own.” 

The paintings themselves can be presented in any number of groupings, with a multiplicity of potential meanings. Hence the exhibition’s title AnagramationAnagrams can be traced back to the time of Moses, as "Themuru" or changing, which was used to find the hidden and mystical meaning in names.  Each time you reconfigure the paintings in new combinations they take on fresh meanings, the sum total having far greater implications than the individual parts. Fully formed words, nonsense syllables, intriguing word fragments, hints of asemic writing, scat syllables, coded acronyms, hipster slang, Dada wordplay, are just some of the many possibilities in hanging these works… The exhibition will be rehung and reconfigured weekly to reflect the potentialities inherent in the letters.

Friday, May 10, 2013




W is for words...

Do we need to create a language to be abstract?  I think not. I believe an artists language evolves as the artist evolves and every stroke, color, and texture extruded speaks a truth that is individual to the artist.  I feel as if every painting is a bridge to the next painting. There is no time to reason when working. The term abstract is abstract to me in the sense that everything is abstract beyond the objective. 

Art is subjective and subject to the analytical. It can be felt and experienced during the creative process as well as during the viewing process. I prefer to feel my way through the process and then analyze afterward--like most. It is difficult to analyze ones work.  My teachers told me to leave that part to the people who do that best--curators and writers. 

We know that symbols or pictures came before words and words can look like symbols, but our conscious mind likes to direct traffic and categorize the words into pictures and pictures in the words. Its a looping process kind of like Fibonacci's spiral. Language and art is a looping process for this artist. One feeds the other. As a trained visual communicator it was important to decipher the process--deconstruct in order to teach. In other words which came first--the picture or the word. 








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N is for New or Next as in Next Picasso

N launches the Next Picasso campaign. Details coming.