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On Saturday, January 20, from 12-2 p.m. I will be participating in the second part of a two-part program, which will be a reading and recording of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed.

Artists Danielle Aubert, Sofia Cordova, Liz Hillie, Courtney Johnson and I will read from The Dispossessed with an emphasis on the marks found in over one hundred used copies. Gallery visitors are welcome to sit and listen to the reading and to follow along with a used copy. This reading will be recorded.

To learn more, please visit the event link here.

In art the object is the work produced by art, as much containing elements of empirical reality as displacing, dissolving, and reconstructing them according to the work’s own law. Only through such transformation, and not through an ever falsifying photography, does art give empirical reality its due, the epiphany of its shrouded essence and the merited shudder in the face of it as in the face of a monstrosity. The primacy of the object is affirmed aesthetically only in the character of art as the unconscious writing of history, as anamnesis of the vanquished, of the repressed, and perhaps of what is possible. The primacy of the object, as the potential freedom from domination of what is, manifests itself in art as its freedom from objects. If art must grasp its content [Gehalt] in its other, this other is not to be imputed to it but falls to it solely in its own immanent nexus. Art negates the negativity in the primacy of the object, negates what is heteronmous and unreconciled in it, which art allows to emerge even through the semblance of the reconciliation of its works.

~Theodor Adorno, Sociologist, philosopher, and musicologist 

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All the guiding you need to read this post…

The italic = Theodor Adorno

The bold = My interpretation (feel free to comment, debate, and question)

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In art the object is the work produced by art, as much containing elements of empirical reality as displacing,

Art making produces an object. Art is physical and entails use of the senses.

dissolving, and reconstructing them according to the work’s own law. Only through such transformation, and not

The art object changes over time and on its own accord. The object transforms but not within  

through an ever falsifying photography, does art give empirical reality its due, the epiphany of its

the some kind of altered image. The transformation of the art stems from experience and observation. 

shrouded essence and the merited shudder in the face of it as in the face of a monstrosity. The primacy of the object is

The revelation of meaning arises, often times, abruptly. Immediacy and comprehension of the object

affirmed aesthetically only in the character of art as the unconscious writing of history, as anamnesis of the vanquished,

is confirmed through its formal qualities (i.e., that which is observable) and revealing of history and culture.

of the repressed, and perhaps of what is possible. The primacy of the object, as the potential freedom from domination

Essentially, when the art object ceases to be a mere object but becomes an idea and the experience of it – 

of what is, manifests itself in art as its freedom from objects. If art must grasp its content [Gehalt] in its other, this other

an abstraction and fertile ground for discourse. Art as well as the art object are interconnected. The notion

is not to be imputed to it but falls to it solely in its own immanent nexus. Art negates the negativity in the primacy of the

of the ‘other’ in the arts is subjective. Overall, art presents opposites simultaneously (i.e., light and dark,  

object, negates what is heteronmous and unreconciled in it, which art allows to emerge even through the semblance of

heterogeneous/homogenous, desires and needs, constructs and deconstructs). Basically, art is

the reconciliation of its works.

fu*cking important. 🙂

If there's one thing I've learned about having a writing practice, it's that you have to read as much as you write.

For those of you familiar with goodreads.com, well, I’m a member of the site. I haven’t really utilized it to capture all the reading I’ve been doing. I figured, it’s better late than never. My bookshelf is quite the hodge podge but I wanted to give the site a go.

How is this art related? You ask…

Well, currently, a couple of the books I’m reading are about, you guessed it, Art. Conceptual Art by Tony Godfrey (just to brush up on my contemporary art history) and Strapless by Deborah Davis (fun read!). I know, short but sweet post but I want to get out there and enjoy my weekend.

Side note: Currently going through some revisions for my La Postra Nostra piece. It’s really tough summing up a performance art show in 400 words!! I’ll be doing a longer piece but, in the interim, I’m in revising mode… 🙂