The Shape of Words Triptychs of Poetry and Painting

June 28, 2005 - August 13, 2005
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
The Shape of Words

Triptychs of Poetry and Painting

by Christopher Moore

 This piece is a collaborative work with an accomplished poet and friend, Joshua Beckman. The artwork makes use of the balcony cases in an unusual way: the display cases are treated like large frames for the low-relief artworks. Each set of three panels forms a triptych - the words and images forming connections across the divisions. In the left three cases is "Small Vessel" and in the right cases is "Gigantic Reality."

The artwork is created specifically for the balcony cases. Using collaged, printed text on large pieces of paper, Joshua and I composed fragments of his poetry on the surfaces. The expressive, emotional state of the poems was illustrated by adding abstract painting, color and collage around the text. The installation materials include: paper, acrylic paint, collage, wire, string and poetry.

Christopher Moore has lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for the past 10 years. He earned an MFA in sculpture at The Rhode Island School of Design. Primarily a sculptor and collage artist, Moore works out of his home studio. His work is held in private collections and has been exhibited in many locations throughout the United States.


Joshua Beckman writes, edits and teaches poetry. His three most recent books include Things are Happening, winner of the 1998 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; Something I Expected to be Different and Nice Hat. Thanks. He lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn while writing these books.