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every day this vast mystery
passes over the town where
you were born

Third Eye Broadcast's Surface is a collaborative moonscape, a tidal cartographic collage made of ink, pulp, type, found text, daydreams, nighthearts, skywaters, and streetlamps. Looking at the pages of Surface is like looking out of your childhood bedroom window. "There is the moon, there are my dreams, there are my hands..." The members of Third Eye Broadcast—visual artist Kari Treadwell and author Nick Hranilovich—have met somewhere between the fabled Little Prince and the filmic City of Lost Children. Here is joy like a jewel, sopping with space. Here is a little sadness, to help you remember.

Surface is a diaphanous ode, a palimpsest on a Rorschach test, a central operating crystal. Clever and ambiguous, these poems would kick a lady in the rear — but only in extreme anger. Sometimes we are close, so close, to hear what’s said, sotto voce, between Treadwell and Hranilovich; sometimes Surface opens up a mute landscape. Surrender for a time to blithe naiveté, then give way to knowledge. Pierrot-like, try for a point of balance on this ever-shifting plane; or, as Arnold Schoenberg said, ‘If they were musical, not a single one would give a damn about the words. Instead, they would go away whistling the tunes.’”

— Christopher Seelie


Kari Treadwell

is a visual artist originally from Tucson, Arizona. She holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Kari has worked as an archivist and university educator; her practice spans several types of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, color theory, performance, video and photography.


Nick Hranilovich

is a writer, musician, and hopes to someday find a third thing to do that'll actually help people. He is a co-founder of Shadowtrash Tape Group and the author of Crack/potSaint Hibiscus, and several works that have been rightfully sequestered under pseudonyms.