Kevin Sampsell with Cheryl Chudyk — 'I Made an Accident'

"...a book of wild little miracles: a space where text and image rub up against each other to make magic sparks."—Kimberly King Parsons

 

Third Place Books welcomes author, publisher, and collage artist Kevin Sampsell to our Ravenna store! Sampsell will be discussing his book of poetry and collage, I Made an Accidentin conversation with Seattle collage artist Cheryl Chudyk. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of I Made an Accident will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About I Made an Accident. . .

In 2014, after the release of his debut novel, celebrated writer and visionary publisher Kevin Sampsell switched gears and turned to a new creative obsession: making collage art. Initially influenced by the wild cutup language of William S. Burroughs, Sampsell soon discovered countless modern collagists that inspired him to take his art further and further from where it started. Years later, he finds himself at the center of a growing movement of 21st Century cut and paste.

I Made an Accident showcases over 200 of Sampsell's collages, exploring a range of styles: hilarious sight gags, subtle cultural jabs, elegant mysteries, colorful surprises, fragmented hauntings, and gloriously strange accidents. Combined with Sampsell's sharp and lively poems, this book is a feast for the eyes and brain and a nonstop entertainment.    
 

Praise for I Made an Accident. . .

"I’ve always thought of collage as visual poetry, and this book proves that’s true. Images, words, and textures taken from their original environments, and then beautifully rearranged to tell new stories. Kevin Sampsell’s I Made An Accident is a love letter to collage."
—Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator

"There's a Joe Brainard like-charm at work in Kevin Sampsell's poetry and collages. Sophisticated and witty, the juxtaposition of imagery is startling and beautiful. Though the pieces are separate, they combine to form a narrative pull into Kevin's world. Max Ernst, John Stezaker, and others are faint memories of past collages, but Sampsell adds his elegant touch to the form. He's a master in his chosen field."
—Tosh Berman, author of Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World

"I Made an Accident is a book of wild little miracles: a space where text and image rub up against each other to make magic sparks. Sampsell’s work here is innovative, refreshing, and moving--full of tender wit and dark humor."
—Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light

"I've never been to collage, but I know what I like, and I like when what's added is a missingness. Kevin Sampsell adds and subtracts like a weirdo who's aces at both putting and seeing — he'll flowerstorm a face, put a box in a box, with a serious almost-casualness. Falling forward from dream to dream, you can still feel the literature under his carpet."
—Zachary Schomburg, author of Fjords, Vol. 2


Kevin Sampsell is a writer, publisher, collage artists, and bookseller in Portland, Oregon. He runs the small press Future Tense Books, and is also the co-curator of the international collage website, Sharp Hands Gallery. His collage art has appeared in various magazines including Kolaj, Black Candies, 7x7, Getrude Press, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He wrote thirty installments of the collage column, Paper Trumpets, for The Rumpus and has also taught and hosted collage workshops and gatherings around the Pacific Northwest. His previous books include the novel, This is Between Us, and the memoir, A Common Pornography


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