05/13/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT
At 39, Edwin Schlossberg is more often identified as Caroline Kennedy's boyfriend than as artist, poet, inventor and designer. But come May 18, Caroline will be only one of many—art patrons, critics and admirers—who will fill the Ronald Feldman Gallery in Manhattan's SoHo for the opening of Deep See Dreams, Schlossberg's third one-man show (his others were in 1978 and 1981). Schlossberg's work doesn't easily fit current art-world trends or styles. In place of real objects or abstract lines, he uses snatches of poetry which he letters across big, four-by-three-foot "canvases"—in his case unprimed aluminum, the same stuff of which road signs are made. "He explores the use of words in art," says dealer Feldman. "The words themselves become objects and reflect the light in strange and beautiful ways. He violates all rules." For this show, Schlossberg has painted poems on some 40 pieces, selling for $1,000 to $3,000.
The eclectic Schlossberg, who was graduated from Columbia in 1971 with a Ph.D. in science and literature, has worked with techno-philosopher Buckminster Fuller, written books on computer games, designed T-shirts for Willi Smith and created educational play spaces for kids. He met Kennedy, 27, 1981. She works in the Office of Film and Television at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and helped produce the TV musical special Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum, and their interests converged. "He's someone who's capable of talking to you about a dozen things in depth," observes Feldman. "His work is prohuman. You feel this guy's very much on your side."