Flying Home is an extraordinary artistic collaboration that features 55 original works of art by Sig Bang Schmidt with verses by world-renowned poet, Steve Dalachinsky. Digitalizing and colorizing authentic World War I archival photographs, Sig Bang Schmidt’s images present surreal vistas of warfare revived with intensely saturated colors that bring the Great War out of the into the grim grayscale of textbook history. Steve Dalachinsky’s unique, vibrant words, create fragmented narratives of the lives and deaths of the men lost to the dark hole of war.
Released by Paris Lit Up Press just in time for the 100th anniversary of World War I, all 112 full color A4 pages of Flying Home are intended as both a tribute to the fallen of the past as well as a poignant political critique of war in the present. The works that comprise this volume were previously exhibited at The Peace Gallery at the Anti-War Museum in Berlin Germany under the title “Icarus in No Man’s Land – A 21st Century View on World War One” in 2004, and featured in online literary magazine Quarrtsiluni in 2009. This volume also includes an introduction by Bernd Ulrich and Stern van Doll.
Flying Home is a first-rate collaboration that rises to a work of art.
– Ivan Klein, NYC
Steve Dalachinsky is a New York poet born in 1946 in Brooklyn. His extensive work between poetry and jazz work has appeared in countless journals the world over including Big Bridge, Milk, Tribes, Unlikely Stories, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, The Brooklyn Review, and many more. He has been included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment, Up is Up But So is Down: NYU Downtown Literary Anthology, and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. His most recent poetry books include Reaching into the Unknown (2009), Insomnia Poems (2009), Invasion of the Animal People (2010), The Mantis: collected poems for Cecil Taylor 1966-2009 (2011/12), Trust Fund Babies (2012), The Veiled Doorway & St. Lucie (2012), Long Play E.P. ( 2012), and A Superintendent’s Eyes (2013). His audio CD compilations include Incomplete Direction (1999), The Bill Has Been Paid (2013) and The Fallout of Dreams (2013). His recognitions include the 2007 Josephine Miles PEN National Book Award and has also been recently nominated for a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, Steve Dalachinsky was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.
Sig Bang Schmidt was born in 1958 in Hockenheim, Germany, and lives and works as an independent artist between Berlin and Vienna. Originally a student of physics, Sig Bang Schmidt has expressed a passion for the nature of reality through diverse works of science and art. He has contributed to several group exhibitions in New York, Berlin, and Vienna including Decision Reserved at the New York Law School in 1995, Artists help children in the Emporium Berlin in 2002, WWI with the Northport Historical Society in New York in 2003, À la Guerre comme à la Guerre – Mail Art at the Museo del Risorgimento e della Resistenza in Vicenza, Italy in 2004, as well as the 2009 Marginal Art Festival of Mail Art Responses to Trench Art, featuring artists from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. These themes of war, change and progress also shine through in his solo exhibitions, such as Change of the Century at the Galerie Artificium in Berlin in 1992, The Joyful Science at the Galerie Bremer in Berlin in 2000, War Works… at Wallywoods Gallery in Berlin in 2005, and “48 Hours of Neukölln – work in progress“ with the Agentur Bildende Kunst in Berlin.
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Paris Lit Up Press (January, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 210 x 297 x 10 mm
Shipping Weight: 0.3 kg