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Five Oceans in a Teaspoon Gallery Tour/Reading

October 5, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Five Oceans in a Teaspoon Gallery Tour/Reading

Hosted by Warren Lehrer

Saturday, October 5th, 4-5pm

City Lore Gallery

56 E 1st street, New York, NY 10003

Visualizing Dyslexia, Alzheimer’s, Patterns of War and Relationships Through Visual Poetry


Warren Lehrer will be giving a Gallery Tour/Reading as part of the  Open Arts LES Festival.

Pioneer visual literature artist/author Warren Lehrer will present a gallery tour of the exhibition Five Oceans in a Teaspoon based on his book and multimedia project created in collaboration with investigative journalist/poet Dennis J Bernstein. The large collection of short Visual Poems forms a memoir in visual poetry. The artists’ book, prints and animations visualize Dsylexia, Alzheimer’s, patterns of love and loss, war and peace, street and prison life. Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple calls Five Oceans, “Brilliant and Beautiful!” Design critic Steve Heller calls “Bernstein and Lehrer—the Lennon and McCartney of viz-lit.” Lehrer will discuss his and Bernstein’s collaborative process and perform/read selections.

In 1979, investigative journalist/poet Dennis J Bernstein and artist/author Warren Lehrer began working on a book of poems, originally titled Stretch Marks. Instead of completing that book, they leapt into writing their first play together, and over the intervening years they collaborated on three books, including French Fries, considered a classic in visual literature and expressive typography. A few years ago, they began collaborating again with a renewed focus on visual poetry, bringing together Bernstein’s words and Lehrer’s typographic visualizations.

On the 40th anniversary of their original effort and at the height of their creative powers, the muckraking journalist/poet and pioneer designer/author have completed FIVE OCEANS IN A TEASPOON (Paper Crown Press, Sept, 2019) which reads like a memoir in short visual poems. This exhibition features the 300 page book, prints of select poems from six of the eight movements, and animations of poems that visualize living with Alzheimer’s, a colony of ants surrounding an abandoned popsicle, police brutality (on steroids), spirits of lost loved ones, patterns of knitting clubs, war, love, and aging. Together, the writing and visuals bridge art, literature, memoir, old and new media, and engage the reader/viewer to become an active participant in the navigation, discovery, and experience of each poem.


The Gallery is open for viewing Fridays 2-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-6pm, and by appointment. Contact colleen@citylore.org to schedule an appointment outside regular gallery hours.


October 5, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM




City Lore Gallery
56 E. 1st Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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