Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Reader in the Garden
The vegetation here has lost its mind and even more strange is that The Reader seems so relaxed. It's a-typical. At the peak and then again at the base of her landlord's garden something has shifted. It could be the seismic proceedings from the center of the earth. A symposium of sorts in which plates are knocked over and everything is suddenly in motion. Ideally these proceedings retain a quiet demeanor. Seismic but Subtle.

Literal, Tangential, Material and Optimistic.

The Reader enters from the right and eventually makes her way left. She crosses the angular path, pauses, leans, stretches, and hangs around. Crouched down beside the jade trees The Reader picks up an avocado the size of a boulder and holds it for a length of time. She considers its weight, its bulgy hips and its robust character. The Reader clears hurdles just barely, as these hurdles in particular cannot decide on a uniform height. She walks around each instead, front to back and then back around again.

This logic is inherent and will be carved out in sections.

Typically, her muscles are in knots. So often that The Reader's front tooth has moved. This has made her detest portraiture. Even further, her feet are cursed with narcolepsy. It's not casual. What is casual is how The Reader feels lately when surrounded by the landlord's garden. Here, plants are tended to and parts are reduced. It's about vertical and horizontal. It remains in time: I, II, III, IV, V.

The images and objects that you see here are sculptural and to scale.

The Reader if more spiritual would try to relate all of this to the monk or the nun, the cloister or the abbey. If she had greater command over perspective she might best relate to the architect. If more committed - the librarian. If more interesting - the transcriber. If more dramatic - the mute. What makes the best sense instead is to relate all of this to Weirds and Fates, these Roman walls and those Gnomic Verses.

The task of demarcation is essential. The works are markers, a succession of prompts and signs.

Translation is a concern. There is intonation, a soft matte finish, linen pressed against glass, and this really beautiful daylight. Expressive things in form, inform. And there are these pauses, a scale that is modest, and wood - basically. The context is contemplative and the colors are just off. I believe that the press release has gone for lunch and unfortunately these lunches tend to go long. In truth, "PR" might not make it back before the end of the workday. But at least it is clear that the photographs here are 11 x 16 inches, glossy, and the colors are totally saturated.

- Lisa Williamson

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