The installation piece shown at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, Inside Out of Words, took selected pages from Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener and treated them as moveable forms. Using the gallery walls as pages of the book, words were compounded, pushed into corners and disoriented from their positions on the pages. Only fragments of recognizable text remained—residual page numbers, lines of the story, or phrases. Other passages appeared forced to the edges, overlapped or crunched together, essentially, pushed away from the center. The words—cut wooden letterforms painted black—create texture over the wall’s surface, proposing an engagement with text that is more experiential than readable.
Painted, cut birch plywood. Installation at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary
back wall of installation
detail of wall