BOROUGH BODY2016 / 2017
COLD CUBE PRESS
I beam support: structuring space, sound and reliant. Everyone here is a speech bubble and I am the blurb of a witness, my open face open to interpretation.
A collaboration between myself and painter Douglas Degges inspired by our separate lives in New York City. This is a collection of two maps of the New York City Subway system—one visual, one textual, both inspired by specific abstraction.
This collaboration was exhibited at The Factory in Seattle by myself and Degges. I designed the exhibition layout as well as the vinyl printing and placement of didactics. A true collaboration all the way through, Degges and I installed the exhibition together.
Degges' collection of low relief carvings investigate how abstraction can render specific and autobiographical content anonymous. These five paintings were created from photos I took in subway stations across the five boroughs. The paintings pair with my writing which shifts between the personal and general, bringing details into view that challenge memory and identity.
Originally published August 5, 2016 by Territory, a digital literary project about maps and other strange objects, Borough Body was exhibited in 2017 at The Factory, a gallery in Seattle, WA, and printed as a risograph chapbook by Cold Cube Press.