From May 8th through June 19th, 2010
Locust Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition curated by New York-based critic Michael Wilson. “How to Read a Book” is an exhibition of contemporary art derived from, influenced by, or playfully exploitative of influential works of fiction, with a particular emphasis on celebrated ‘classic’ novels.
The exhibition highlights work that reflects on ideas of longevity and adaptability, originality and authorship. The exhibition features works by Becky Beasley, Guy Ben-Ner, Lorin Davies, Harrell Fletcher, Jeff Gabel, Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Graham Parker, Christina Pettersson, Leanne Shapton, Eve K. Tremblay, and Matt Wiegle. While Matt Wiegle’s drawings of scenes from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian constitute an idiosyncratic attempt at illustration and Leanne Shapton’s covers for Charlotte Brontë’s ouevre offer a subtle reflection on the influence of design on reading, Guy Ben-Ner’s home-movie version of Moby Dick, Harrell Fletcher’s partial reading of Ulysses, and Jeff Gabel’s animated take on Thomas Mann’s Gladius Dei experiment with the possibilities of free adaptation.
Michael Wilson lives and works in Brooklyn. Wilson received an MFA from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 1996, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1999. His writing has appeared in Art Monthly, Artforum, Modern Painters and Time Out New York. He has contributed to exhibition catalogues published by Art in General, the Asia Society, Matthew Marks Gallery, and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, among others. His most recent curatorial project, a collaboration with Frantiska and Tim Gilman-Sevcik, was “Slow Glass” at Lisa Cooley, New York (2008).
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