Part poetics rejected by philosophical discourse, part impressions from itinerate city life, the collection of poems in Count Thereof Upon the Other’s Limbs written from 2018-2019 articulates a new political position, the “puce commodity.” When the blood itself is sentient of commodification down to the marrow, it congeals, pausing to reflect in its dark interior of tunnels. These poems speak from this ontological capacity for labor, recurrence and desertion.
Rachelle Rahmé (Jounieh, 1986) is an artist, writer and philosopher. She has published essays, fiction and poetry with Aventures LTD, VLAK, the Blue Letter and FPBJC. Her art and theory practice has been presented at Microscope Gallery, Bortolami, Eli Ping, Kavita B Schmid, PS1, The Kitchen and The Stone, among others. Poetry is her most mature art form, and Count Thereof… is her first monograph. On her current work, she writes: “Materialism is a pool motif - a precarity, not a promise. My aim is not a pose for permission before the reflected world, but to use appearance and contradiction as rippling axioms to see between.”
Jennifer Shear (b. 1987, Taipei) is an interdisciplinary artist using collage and self-publishing as her primary medium. Her works explore visual culture, archive, social commentary, and personal experience. Shear is currently based in Los Angeles and has shown nationally and abroad. She’s exhibited with Gern en Regalia (New York), Kunstverein München (Munich), Mascot Studio (Berkeley), Anytime Dept (Cincinatti), Interstate Projects (New York), Commune (Tokyo), Yale Union (Portland), Low Rence (San Francisco), and Ladybug House (San Francisco). She’s also curated for NIAD Art Center, and collaborated with The No School, Wide Rainbow, 356 Mission, and The Classroom at the LA Art Book Fair.