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Last Bite in the Winston Salem Journal

Tom Patterson, April 13, 2013

A fine review of the Last Bite exibition & book!

“…[in a] show involving text, imagery and books, Robert Moyer — a local actor, director and poet — has collaborated with two visual artists to create a selection of works on paper and two related books.

Moyer writes lots of haiku — the tersely evocative form invented by Japanese poets about 400 years ago — and operates as a kind of activist for the practice. For this show and a related book of the same title — also on display — Moyer enlisted visual artists Mona Wu and Guntram Porps to visually interpret or respond to some of his haiku.

Wu, a local artist trained in Chinese calligraphy, takes a traditional approach in her delicate drawings of blossoming trees and, in one case, a pair of silhouetted female figures in traditional Chinese clothing.
She keeps her images separate from the haiku that inspired them, which appear on accompanying wall labels.

Porps, a German artist trained in Japanese calligraphy, is more expressionistic and spontaneous in his visual treatments of the poems, which he incorporates directly into his drawings and prints. Many are essentially abstract-expressionist compositions, but he sometimes includes figures, such as the frantic-looking stick figure in his small etching inspired by Moyer’s haiku about a trash-talking Waffle House waitress.”

Read the full story in the Winston Salem Journal

Congratulations Bob Moyer, Guntram Porps and Mona Wu!

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