Emily McVarish: Last Year at Dark
January 19 - March 31
EMILY McVARISH: LAST YEAR AT DARK
January 19 – March 31, 2018
Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator of The Center for Book Arts
Featuring McVarish’s most recent works, Lessons of Darkness and Last Year at Kew Gardens, this exhibition explores the space between books and other time-based media through typographic interpretation of musical form, sequential page composition, and filmed text. Source materials for the two books, as well as concrete translations of their texts into other formats, sketch a looping process of borrowed forms recast. Sources on display include Couperin’s 1714 Leçons de ténèbres, Hooker’s 1858 guide to Kew Gardens, and Robbe-Grillet’s 1962 screenplay for Last Year at Marienbad. Process documents and resulting projects show vocal lines becoming scores for textual and typographic composition and printed lines as moving image.
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for the Featured Artist Project< Emily McVarish, is provided by the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation.