A fantastic new book of collage and poetry, with images carefully crafted like graffiti tags in their juxtaposition of the serious and humorous, the jarring and the beautiful, melded with poems of stark truths and whimsical absurdity splashing about the pages. Recommended By Nicholas Y., Powells.com
The collages and poems in I Made an Accident are dreamy and nightmarish, sometimes at the same time, often funny, just as often disturbing — and always quirky and imaginative in that Kevin Sampsell way. The perfect kind of peculiar. Recommended By Gigi L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
Kevin Sampsell is the author of a memoir (A Common Pornography), a novel (This Is Between Us), and other books. He lives in Portland, Oregon and runs the influential small press, Future Tense Books. An award-winning bookseller, he has worked at Powell's City of Books since 1997. His collages have appeared on album covers, book covers, and in many publications like Kolaj Magazine, The Rumpus, The Weird Show, Chicago Quarterly Review, Black Candies, Ohio Edit, Entropy, Watershed Review, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and elsewhere. He is the co-curator of Sharp Hands Gallery, a website featuring international collage artists.
Twitter and Instagram: @kevinsampsell
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