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Juxtaposition: An alignment of two works that inhabit the same theme, but express that theme in different ways. Curators pair visual art with written work to create a hybrid experience, calling our community to approach art and word in a non-traditional way.

Maker: A painter, sculptor, chef, fashion designer, painter-sculptor, graffiter. These are artists, but not in your easel-pallet type. Anything that is made can be art, and makers are pushing the boundaries to make everything from a restaurant to clothes an opportunity to experience creative brilliance.

Illustration: A visual reaction. Illustrations are more traditional forms of visual work and include posters and the visual components of juxtapositions. Illustrations pull you out of the world you imagine when reading a poem or a story and call you to rethink that image and subsequently the written work itself.

Poster: Illustrations created by the Cavalier team that are paired with poems and short stories. Posters are made specifically in response to a written work, rather than being paired after completion of both works, as is the case with juxtapositions.

Inhalation: Read a poem, see a painting, take it in, and breathe out new life. Inhalations are products inspired by previous works. After all, we are in the business of “exchanging imagination for imagination.”

Reaction: A piece of work, written or visual, that was created in response to a poem, story, or visual work of art. Reactions create a bridge between the written and the visual, thereby stimulating a composite understanding of the work we produce. Reactions reverse the unjustified detachment between art and word.  

Starting point: The genesis that inspires works to come. Starting points come in all forms and produce reactions of every medium. A starting point for a painter might be a poem, while a starting point for a poet might be a painting. A cycle might even erupt--we won’t stop it.

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure. - Henry David Thoreau


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