suggested reading

           

 

 

 

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.

In her book The Problem of Reading, contemporary artist and writer Moyra Davey questions how we gravitate toward what we read and why. She cites Virginia Woolf’s expressed desire to transform the shocks of life—the moments that sting and impress. Davey, channeling Woolf, urges, “…we must now do something similar with the book we have been reading. We must take its impressions and fleeting shapes and make of them something whole, something hard and lasting….” It is this desire to transform that brings the varied work in this exhibition together.

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 catalouge accompanied the show and included responses to the visual work by Los Angeles-based writers.

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