Friday, December 3, 2010

A New Book: Ellen Koment & Jack Leissring in Art & Letters Love & Desires

This book started back in 1995, in the early days of email. The exchanges continued for about five years, like a long conversation between friends, but without interruptions.  Each could complete a thought; there are none of the loose ends that normally occur face-to-face. A different kind of body language emerges from the the context. Those email letters are gathered here; they form a long conversation about art, love, sex, the differences and similarities of gender understanding. Ellen Koment, as  the book tells us, is the artist every art collector dreams of, one whose hidden message speaks the ineffable; for is not the ultimate purpose of art to say in imagery what cannot be said in words?  Jack Leissring is the collector that every artists dreams of, there at every turn of the path, over many years. Together, then, through the bond of artistic image, we have become a balanced whole. I believe this book shows this; it is almost a novel in letter-form--510 pages.
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