Jeanne Silverthorne: Invisible Citings (Sept 1–Dec 31, 2017)
We are pleased to share Jeanne Silverthorne’s installation in the two-person exhibition with Elaine Reichek, Invisible Citings, at the Addison Gallery of American Art on view September 1 to December 31, 2017.
In the boxes on the base are the following texts written out in invisible ink: Poems written in Gregg shorthand (“O Rose” by William Blake, “The Rose is Obsolete” by William Carlos Williams, “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time”); the preface to Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man”; Anne Carsons’s “Men in the Off Hours”; “The Disappeared,” statistics about persons gone missing through political or domestic violence and “Triangles,” myths of disappearance in specific geographical locations, such as the Bermuda, Bennington and Peco Triangles; Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”; Brian Greene’s “The Elegant Universe” Iris Murdoch’s “The Sovereignty of Good”; Plato, Book 2 of “The Republic”; Robert Tyas, “Floral Emblems of Thoughts, Feelings, and Sentiments”; Selections from ghost stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mark Twain, Edward Bulwar-Lytton, Amelia Edwards, Sabine Baring-Gould, Bram Stoker. All of these texts have to do in some way with invisibility or things lost or hidden. On the wall are some of Elaine’s embroideries with quotations from texts about invisibility.
In the corner of this room is this vignette. The spilled-out text can be seen with the black UV light. There are various poems written by Lewis Carroll plus copies of two of Marie Laurencin’s drawings for a 1920’s edition of “Alice in Wonderland.”
The hanging rubber lamp has a real UV bulb that illuminates the top page of Stephan Zweig’s “The Invisible Collection.” stThis a a rubber “picture” containing an embossed quotation from the Zweig story of a blind print collector, with the quotation repeated below in Braille. This hangs on the wall to left of entrance of this gallery.
The three pink boxes contain the following texts: Epitaphs and famous last words, including those of Keats, Dickinson, Oscar Wilde and Chidiock Tichborne’s Elegy, poem written on the eve of his execution.
There are no invisible texts in this room, but the rubber crate sculptures suggest things hidden because they are packed away.