Refugee Reading Room
In response to an invitation to exhibit at Space 1026, I proposed an exhibition in which a post utopian installation would serve as a distribution point for free publications by a host of other artists, designers, cartoonists and illustrators. After months of planning that project became real.
This exhibition transformed the gallery space, sparking new relationships between creators and audience, leading to a range of interesting interdisciplinary connections within an experimental gift economy. This arrangement was obviously informed by my own aesthetic, but I think the conceptual connections between print, community, and utopian experiments are made stronger when put in conversation with architectural phenomena and notions of displacement.
This installation will feature works by the following contributors:
Kjellgren Alkire, Art Codex, Pat Aulisio, Mike Bauer, Diana Behl , Book Bomb/Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson, Ellie Brown, Natalie Campbell, Tova Carlin, Chain Magazine, Cece Cole, CA Conrad, Ryan Dodgson, Josh Doster, Angela Earley, Faesthetic Magazine, Jedd Flanscha, Casey Grabowski, Geoff Hargadon, Kay Healy, John Hitchcock, Holly Holly Hobby Hobby, Matt Hopson-Walker, Chad Kouri, Delia Kovac, Andy Kozlowski, Michelle Levy, Max Liboiron, Lumpen Magazine, The Machete Group, Margin Detail, Megawords Magazine, Andrew Moeller, The Moving Crew, N55, Matt Neff, Heidi Nelson, Never Nothing, Scott Nobles, Notice Notice, Michael Perrone, Sarah Nichole Phillips, Poetry Magazine, The Post Family, Proximity Magazine, Carrie Scanga, Jonthan Skinner/EcoPoetics, David Tallitsch, Danielle Tegeder, Temporary Services, RL Tillman, Breanne Trammell, Pointed Press-- Tricia Treacy & Katie Smith, Frank Sherlock, Eli VandenBerg, Jenna Weiss, Brian Wiggins, Jing Yu, Match Zimmerman, and many more
Audio Soundscape composed by Scott Sherk
In her seminal book of essays, The Poethical Wager, Joan Retallack builds a complexly beautiful argument that in tumultuous times one should model the world in which they wish to live. In some small way this project aspires to be such a model.