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The title AsemiQuads can be seen as a contraction of 'quadratic drawings with short asemic statements'. The series was created in the period between October 2021 and June 2022.


My asemic writing -- writing with no semantic meaning -- gradually developed from my notations for sound poetry. These are functional scores with a script consisting of the International Phonetic Alphabet with a lot of added symbols of my own invention. Sometime around the turn of the millennium the signs started 'emancipating' themselves from the task of representing sounds to an independent life as pure image. Since then I have been developing the writing in various directions: sometimes it takes the form of tiny beings, sometimes just short phrases or small clouds of signs.


The backgrounds for the drawings were basically made in two different ways. On the one hand, geometric structures, either based on number sequences or generated with non-linear equations. On the other hand, photos I took or scans of collages I made, that I then processed with small programs I wrote.


--- Jaap Blonk, October 2022


60 pages, full colour high quality digital print, perfect bound book, size 190x190 mm. Edition of 125 copies.


Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Netherlands) is a self-taught composer, performer poet and visual artist. From his sound poetry scores he developed an independent body of visual work. From about 2010 this has become ever more important for him.

Jaap Blonk, AsemiQuads

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