Status Update

By George Toles
Illustrated by Cliff Eyland

Status Update
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A bilingual collection of renga poetry by two of Canada's most celebrated poets in English and in French, each writing in his respective language in response to the other. A project of discourse itself, shared in dialogue between two poets, as they explore Novalis' definition ... Read more


Overview

A bilingual collection of renga poetry by two of Canada's most celebrated poets in English and in French, each writing in his respective language in response to the other. A project of discourse itself, shared in dialogue between two poets, as they explore Novalis' definition of poetry as "the truly absolute real. " The poetic act is world-changing, the agglomeration of atoms as they fall through space - a sort of "elective affinity", or state of grace - to constitute Being. If Lao Tzu reminds us that the Dao that can be named is not the eternal Dao, this renga, suffused with elements of the natural world, also recognizes that, in the words of Angelus Silesius, ''the unnameable, which we usually call God, is expressed and revealed through the Word. '' Léveillé and Bloggett share an unprecedented dialogue that possesses both paradox and complete clarity of word in Canada's two official languages.

George Toles

George Toles is a Distinguished Professor of Film and Literature at the University of Manitoba.He is the author of A House Made of Light: Essays on the Art of Film, Paul Thomas Anderson, and the forthcoming Curtains of Light: Essays on the Metaphysics of Theatrical Space on Film. He has been posting mini-narratives called Status Updates on Facebook every day since 2009. Two collections of these updates, with accompanying illustrations by artist collaborators, will be published in the next year.George has written or co-written the screenplays for numerous feature films made by Canadian director, Guy Maddin. These include Archangel, Careful, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, The Saddest Music in the World, Brand Upon the Brain, My Winnipeg, and Keyhole. He also wrote the story and original screenplay for Canada's first stop-motion animated feature film, Edison and Leo.

Cliff Eyland

Eyland was a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (Daltech) and freelanced for the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. From 1995 to 2005, Eyland was vice-president of the board of Plug In. In 1998 he was hired as an associate professor of painting at the University of Manitoba School of Art and was also director of Gallery One One One, both positions he held until 2010.Eyland was represented by Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg. His work is held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. In 2020, his alma mater, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has set up the "Cliff Eyland Memorial Scholarship" for painting students and endowed by his family.

Reviews

This magnificent collaboration offers us exactly what we need, a daily Guide for the Perplexed, a status update. Who are we now and can we know? Sometimes the art provides the flare-up of light needed to illuminate the prose. ..but sometimes vice versa. George Toles and Cliff Eyland give us a perfectly made infinity machine -- explanation precedes mystery giving way to explanation again. Toles displays mastery of a hundred different enigmatic styles and Hyland, bless him, gives form to the unfathomable. Hilarious, mysterious; metaphysical, down to earth, these gorgeous pages will provide me with joy and perplexity for many of the wildly difficult days to come. Michael Silverblatt, KCRW Bookworm. I was so hungry for something different. Now I am nourished. - Robert Pasternak. Award winning artist of 'Place Into Being'. "A brilliantly bent book! Leave it to these two supreme artists, who made social media submit to their sumptuously screwy will, to compel one sublimely twisted tome! Hilarious, delirious, and deeply empathetic. .. It delights, astonishes, disquiets, and evinces the ineffable in the bewildered human heart. " - Bunny Brown songwriter / musician / recording artistFull of satisfying detonations, upended clichés, and poignant mysteries, George Toles's daily fictions are like micro-twisters touching down in Facebook's flat terrain. Cliff Eyland's illustrations are equally rich and ambiguous, making Status Update a journey to far-flung places in the imagination. - Kristin Jones, film and art critic

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