Wayfarer Gallery News (September, 2009)

The Wayfarer Gallery

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September was an exciting month at the Wayfarer Gallery. We have recently overhauled the frontpage and it now looks like something from Geocities, circa 1996. We are actually really pleased with the new design and very happy to have so many new projects underway.

What started as a few scattered posts on S.O.L.A.R. has developed into its own website called “Haiku News” (run by Dick Whyte and Laurence Stacey). Haiku News is an e-journal dedicated to publishing quality haiku, tanka and senryu poetry from around the world reflecting on news articles and contemporary events. We publish 1 new poem every day, with links to the news article that inspired it. In our first month on-line we had amazing submissions from Denis Garrison, Ed Baker, Janet Lynn Davis, Vasile Moldovan, Mike Montreuil, Terry O’Connor, Liam Wilkinson and Paul Smith. Still to come this month are submissions from Joshua Sellers, Barbara A. Taylor, Michelle V. Alkerton, Chen-ou Liu and more from Denis Garrison, Janet Lynn Davis and Paul Smith (as well as more from Dick and Laurence, of course). Special thanks to Paul Smith for his dedication to writing amazing poems for the journal.

Because S.O.L.A.R. (the Science Of Linguistic Aesthetic Research) has been busy working on the development of Haiku News, the S.O.L.A.R. website has been relatively quiet. We have begun posting a series of “protopoems” (alphabetical lists) which are the sketches for a new journal called “Protophilosophy” (which will be unleashed in November, everything going according to plan). Sometime this month Solar will resume posting image-based research and new haiku poetry. The S.O.L.A.R. site is also due for a design overhaul which we hope to complete sometime in November as well. Last month Dick Whyte also gave lectures on “Difference in Art” and “Time in Art” to Massey University’s third-year critical studies classes (Wellington, New Zealand).

In other news Roddy’s Film Companion, a comic biography of Roddy McDowall (the film actor who played Cornelius in the original Planet of the Apes) is back full force producing 3 new pages a week of a graphic novel detailing the relationship between Roddy McDowall and his partner John. The third issue has just started going on-line and includes guest stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Check it out here. Robyn E. Kenealy, writer and illustrator of Roddy’s Film Companion, was also awarded “Best Comic” at the Aotearoa Student Press Association awards (APSA) last month for The Darkroom (an RFC backstory published weekly in Salient, the Victoria University student magaizine). Congratulations Robyn!

Finally, The Wayfarer Gallery is also pleased to announce that we will soon be hosting the Tao Wells archive. See a sneak preview here. Till next month, salome!

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