A palimpsest of two unrelated texts, through brings together a four-line quotation from Brecht’s 1926 poem “Of Poor B.B.” (articulated letter-by-letter over 183 pages) and a sequence of images generated by keywords lifted from a dream journal and plugged into Google’s image search. The mating of letter and image is achieved by enabling each letter to function as a window or cut into an image, framing details that in isolation acquire an intensity that exceeds their mundane sources. The arrangement, constructs, but also destabilizes, complex correspondences and antagonisms between individual letters and images and between words and image sequences. Taken as a whole, the work envisions the reader’s power to fill words and images with new meanings.
Complementing this reconstructive reading of Brecht’s text, a collection of five oneiric vignettes, titled “The Permeable City,” insinuates additional allegorical possibilities into the figure of the urban void.
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Published: 2013, 2016 (revised)
8.25″ x 6″ (20.955 x 15.24 cm)
Full color bleed on white paper