A NON-PROFIT GALLERY FOR THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
SEPTEMBER 2002 |
DEIRDRA McAFEE &
September 6-29, 2002
Friday, September 6, 7:00-10:00pm
READING AT 6:30
In Commemoration of 9/11
The black boxes of their thoughts are irretrievable.
Every day a jet crashes into a shining building.
The secret information, the hidden data, the forgotten records.
Cell-phone calls from hijacked planes
Black box damaged on impact and useless.
"The Black Box" is a collaboration between Richmond visual artist Mark
Shepheard and writer Deirdra McAfee. The objects here are artists'
books--containers of words, or stories as installations.
The date of this show's opening dictated its themes. In the summer of
2001 Shepheard and McAfee submitted a proposal to exhibit at Artspace.
That August, they learned that their exhibition was set for September
2002. Then came the terrorist attacks. Shepheard and McAfee began work
in the aftermath, pondering the idea that people, too, are black boxes,
unpredictable and inscrutable, even to themselves.
The border between art and words interests Shepheard and McAfee. (The
title of their first collaboration, in 2000, was "Margin.") The way they
work is unusual in its freedom. One offers something--an object, image,
or idea--to which the other responds with work. This work is answered
with work. They don't discuss how they'll respond or tell each other
what they're doing until it's done. The process is playful, full of
surprise and discovery. The product is powerful, a striking and
provocative combination of the visual and verbal.
The exhibition opens at Artspace, 6 East Broad Street, on September 6, 2002. McAfee will read at 6:30 that night.
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