"The Book is a Body that Bends" is an exhibition of new works by Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen that reflects their preoccupation with books. From photographic color fields depicting the dyed fore-edges of pulp paperbacks, to drawings of broken spines and warped pages, and sculptural tomes made from cement and bound paper, the works in the exhibition are about the book as a physical object and a metaphor for the body.
Made in parallel to a process of becoming informed about trauma, Gray & Paulsen’s exhibition explores the ways the body holds a history (visible or invisible) of past suffering—how it accrues vulnerabilities
Tome (Coral), cement brick, latex paint, twine and paper, 7” x 6” x 8”, 2017 and constructs protections against the realities of being in the world. Both hard-edged and soft, open and bound, ghostly and bodied, their pieces depict books that have been damaged by use, by the market, by water or air yet remain beautiful in their singularity.
With the knowledge that coming to terms with traumatic experience necessitates a certain kind of literacy and collective regard, Gray & Paulsen along with 3 guest artists will co-host a series of Saturday morning reading discussions in the gallery June 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 11:30-1pm. Discussions are open to the public. Details and links to reading material can be found at the gallery’s website starting June 1st.