12.29.12 “So to Speak” group show curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman, opens Jan 25th, 2013

"BWBE: Changes to Work Machines"  2012, Archival Inkjet Print, 55" x 44" (detail)

“BWBE: Changes to Work Machines” 2012, Archival Inkjet Print, 55″ x 44″ (detail)

Gavin Christie still remembers the exact day, August 23, 1981, when he first saw the second edition of the Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (BWBE).  He was at a bookstore in suburban Detroit, and ever since then, Gavin has been regularly recording all the changes and differences between the first edition (1963), which he memorized as a small child in the early 1970’s, and the second (current) edition (1980).  Gavin types or hand-writes these changes every few weeks, even though the changes never change.

His practice of noticing and re-noticing is like a form of meditation. In “BWBE: Changes,”  I’m presenting a series of large-scale trompe l’oeil facsimiles of Gavin Christie’s recent “Richard Scarry projects,” in which he observes subtle differences, such as: “the female bear construction / worker that drives a roller / now has a bow ribbon on her head.”

from the press release:

So to Speak, curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman, will include the work of artists Leona Christie, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, Fernando Orellana, Paula Gaetano Adi and Klub Zwei.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY
January 25 – March 29, 2013
Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-9 PM at TNO
Lecture with Johannes Goebel: March 21, 7:00 pm

An exhibition devoted to the reiteration of images in words, in which friction emerges in the process of translation, through a jarring of verbal and visual accounts.  So to Speak calls into question the pervasiveness of the still and moving photographic image within our culture’s visual regime, and the dominance of visual media within today’s cultural production. In this exhibition, words will act as a prosthetic extension for the image, saying those things that the image cannot say                                                       emily berçir zimmerman