May 14, 2016
A poet, visual poet, artist, essayist and playwright working in New York and Washington, DC, John Vieira’s art and visual poems have been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including Artpool Art Research Center (Budapest), the Pace-McGill Gallery (New York), and “The Golden Jubilee National Festival of Arts and Culture” (Kumasi, Ghana), and can be found in many special collections, including The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry (Miami). An entry on his career with a specimen of work appears in A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, 2nd ed. (New York, Schirmer Books, 2000).
What motivates him to create:
Creating is a means for me to be ecstatic which I find an important element to constantly be re-introducing into life, to give me relief from my egocentricity (which is otherwise what is usually mostly operating in my living). Our society tends to think of “ecstasy” as being “high”, but the etymology of this word suggests a more fundamental meaning: “to stand outside”, or, as I’m saying here, “to be outside of oneself”. And anyone who creates knows this feeling (when you get out of the way and the work mysteriously comes together almost on its own), and if, in the making of a work, we’re true to the allowing of this to the best of our capability moment to moment, then, subsequently, others reading / viewing / or otherwise appreciating that work may also–to whatever degree–enter into the ecstasy that hopefully inheres in it (and of which their egos probably also need that same enjoyment and relief).