Art. Hybrid Genre. Collaboration. FEED MAYONNAISE TO TUNA is a limited edition (200 copies) art book hybridizing text and image. It is the end product of a month-long installation, Blue Sky Inside, at Likewise in Portland, Oregon. For this site-specific, social practice project, Likewise patrons were provided the means of 'blue-skying' ideas: Patrons would write an idea on a tag and select a colored balloon. The Likewise staff would then fill the balloon with helium and attach the tag. The patron would then 'float' the idea to Likewise's blue ceiling. As the ideas descended, they were collected, along with their still somewhat inflated balloons, in rows along Likewise's walls. As the fallen ideas accumulated on the walls, new patrons were attracted to them first, and then the opportunity to participate, organically influencing the content and genre of subsequent ideas. At the end of the month, the ideas were catalogued. Jacob Paul then broke the text of the ideas into constituent phrases: groups of words identified either by line breaks or end punctuation. From the palette of phrases, a collection of new text was arranged. The arrangements were then photographed and forwarded to book artist, Mariano Herman Spina. Spina then created an artifact in which the text was printed in Cyan Monochrome, interspersed with abstracted images of the balloons and the doodles and drawing from the original tags. The books are designed to be as flashy and easy as brightly-colored balloons. The ensuing text is an essayistic exploration of the kinds of conversations and interior monologues possible inside of a collaborative art space posing as a bar. Awkward demands compete with crass jokes, communion is often almost accomplished and then rejected, conversations bleed into each other, interior musings take physical shape on the page in the slips of text's physical arrangement.
Jacob Paul's 2010 debut novel, Sarah/Sara, was named one of that year's five best first fictions by Poets & Writers. His second novel, A Song of Ilan, was published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2015. His work has also appeared in Hunger Mountain, Western Humanities Review, Green Mountains Review, Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Mountain Gazette, and USA Today's Weekend Magazine as well as on therumpus.net, fictionwritersreview.com and numerocinqmagazine.com. A former OppenheimerFunds product manager, he currently teaches creative writing at High Point University in North Carolina.You can find Mariano Herman Spina/Novoa at www.unwork.nuAuthor City: CHARLOTTE, NC USA