Claire Jeanine Satin's Text Installation

Summer Reading

Text based installation - Suspended Pages; Handwritten script on powder-coated aluminum screening; 13 "pages"  45"H x 72"W

Black Square Gallery
Wynwood, Miami, Florida
From 7/14/2012 through 9/4/12. 11AM-6PM

Image courtesy of the Artist: PENTIMENTO: KABBALAH BOOK II    
Printing on transparencies; metallic overprinting; silver, crystal, glass beading; monofilament. 8 1/2"H x 6"W


I am always experimentally engaged with my work.  In attempting to create alternative visions away from conventional barriers, I am seeking possibilities for reassembling pieces of phenomenal experiences into new and imaginative forms in my books, sculpture and related works.

"Books...communicate polysemioulsy.  The closed cover, turned pages,  broken spine, serial form, 
immutable text, all offer their own deep-rooted and resilient combination of technology and social forms." - Paul Duguid, Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book.

My idea of a book, and book-related works, are more than a temporal sequence of compartmentalized experiences,whose order is regulated by the finite view of line, page, covers, etc.  Rather, the "book" can take on forms that do not involve ordinary reading practice, such as those found in codices, scrolls, tablets, etc., or ordinary media such as paper or velum.  My work becomes a book the instant one recognizes its potential "to read" .

Discarding the idea of the book as a linear form with a fixed sequence and narrative.  I have chosen a more complex temporal, textual, and spatial invention of interdependent meaning-making  thought.  Although the physical materiality of the work is as essential as the conceptual material it houses, it is the idea that is ultimately paramount. Taking a signal from Plato's term lexis, my mode of "telling" is to transform and reassemble both visual and textual elements into new systems; by manipulating and resitiuating them into chance juxtapositions.  Transformation possibilities are created  (thanks to John Cage). Therefore, the work I produce, the autographic  text I write is not governed by pre-established rules, nor can it be judged according to familiar categories.  The "rules" are what the work itself is looking for - that is meaning-making.

Claire Jeanine Satin

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