The Talk That Walked

November 4 - December 19, 2010, Main Library, 1st floor exhibition space, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida, 305.375.2665. Program and Reception: Thursday, November 18, 6:30 - 8:30pm.

The Talk That Walked is an art project by Franklin Einspruch in which he has drawn new stories for excerpts of great poems. The idea grew out of an installment of his webcomic, The Moon Fell On Me, entitled A Solace of Ripe Plums, in which a line from William Carlos Williams's poem becomes the basis for a story about a girl at a bookstore and an interruption to her reading. In The Talk That Walked, the artist has drawn the narratives in ink on sheets of Chinese paper and pinned them to the wall in the library. Reading them requires the viewer's movement. Neither do they fit an obvious interpretation of the excerpted poems, nor do they contradict them.

Einspruch's work takes cues from the poet-painter traditions of Asia, but uses those models to describe contemporary American life. Direct inspiration for this project comes from the picture-poems of Paul Reps, a poet and artist whose work was influenced by Zen Buddhism. Meredith Weatherby, editor of Reps's volume Zen Telegrams, recalls in its foreword:

Reps first started creating his picture-poems in Japan in 1952, using them as what he calls "weightless gifts" and scattering them among his many friends, old and always new, as he moved about the world. In 1957 a Japanese poet friend to whom he had given a number of them started the first of the Reps picture-poem shows. In this Kyoto exhibit, as in all later ones, the poems, on rice paper of various sizes, were scotch-taped only at the tops to horizontal bamboo poles strung form the ceiling at different levels, and electric fans were made to blow them gently. There they fluttered like washing in the breeze, and the scene had somewhat the appearance of moving banners. ...thousands came to "read-see" and many stayed long.

In the same warm spirit, The Talk That Walked invites you to read-see.

About the Artist

Franklin Einspruch earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Miami. His senior year at RISD took place at the school's European Honors Program in Rome and the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. Since then, his work has appeared in fourteen solo exhibitions and over two dozen group shows. His art is in the collections of Martin Z. Margulies, the Florida Department of State, and many others in the US and abroad. He has received several notable grants and completed artist residencies at the Aegean Center and Stock 20 in Taichung, Taiwan.

Einspruch has authored over eighty published essays and art reviews which have appeared in The New Criterion, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, and elsewhere. He has been exploring Web-based arts publishing since 2000, and produced one of the earliest blogs about visual art, Artblog.net, which ran from May 2003 to April 2010. (He continues to journal on his site.) He edits the online archive of the writings of Walter Darby Bannard. Top Shelf 2.0 and three issues of Inbound, the anthology of the Boston Comics Roundtable, have featured his comics work, which has garnered favorable reviews from Fleen and Comixtalk. He lives in Boston.

Franklin would like to thank Denise Delgado, Gendry Bassano, Oscar Fuentes, and Helen Kohen.