“Suggested Reading” Opening

Event Date: July 23, 2011 6-9 PMSeptember 24, 2011

[ Photos by Daniel Lara ]

Suggested Reading
July 23-September 24, 2011
Opening reception:
Saturday, July 23,  6-9p.m.

The Fellows of Contemporary Art
970 N. Broadway, Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Curated by Kristine Thompson

Suggested Reading is an exhibition of visual art that is inspired by specific literary texts. It features the work of LA-based artists Marya Alford, Candice Lin, Jay Lizo, Catherine Lord, and Marco Rios. The exhibition considers how composition, research, and interpretation are shaped in both written texts and visual works of art.

The artists included have all been inspired by different kinds of writing, ranging from historical texts to poetry. Alford creates a duet for piano based on the punctuation marks in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey; Candice Lin’s sculptural drawings respond to the fetishization and racialization of women miners from England that occur in Arthur Munby’s Victorian-era texts; Jay Lizo creates a sculpture with animations that pay homage to the Lettrist art movement and Gabriel Pomerand’s poem Saint ghetto of the loans; Catherine Lord turns her attention and camera toward the simultaneously intimate and public dedications found in several influential queer books; and Marco Rios channels his inner Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in sculptures and photographs that involve equal parts romance and horror.

A limited-edition catalogue will accompany the show and will include writing by Sarah Balcomb, Teresa Carmody, Moyra Davey, Daniel Hockenson, Douglas Kearney, and Benjamin Weissman.

There will also be two public programs during the run of the exhibition:
Franny and Zooey for Piano Duet
Date and concert hall TBA
The premiere of this duet, created by Marya Alford, will involve pianists performing a musical composition based on every element of punctuation in J.D. Salinger's short story Franny and Zooey.

Catalogue release party/afternoon of readings
September 24, 2011
On this last day of the exhibition, enjoy the catalogue produced in conjunction with the show and join local writers as they share their textual responses to the work on view. This event will also highlight and promote local, independent publications and presses whose goal it is to explore the relationship between language and visual art.

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