Butter Projects is pleased to be starting off the exhibition season with an exchange with our friends from the Philadelphia-based curatorial collective, Grizzly Grizzly!
Writing Lessons is a group exhibition inspired by a set of instructions found in the textbook, Manual of Fundamentals in the Teaching of Handwriting in the Public Schools, published in 1918. In the book, author, Tom Sawyier instructs students through the finer points of cursive penmanship using cryptic directions such as this one, for writing the letter “A”:
Around-up-down-up; around down; roll-pull; 1-2.
Intrigued by the concept of using words to describe the making of words (and the multiplicity of meanings created by that effort), members of Philadelphia-based curatorial collective Grizzly Grizzly offer a group exhibition of works related to text and the kinesthetic and visual relationship of the mind and hand.
Please join us this Friday, October 3, from 7-11pm for the opening reception and meet Grizzly Grizzly member Mary Smull, along with participating artists, Mike Richison and Christopher Powell, who will be in attendance.
Writing Lessons will be on display through November 7, 2014. During the run of the exhibition, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm with additional hours by appointment.
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About Mary & I’s collaborative piece Sample(r):
Sample(r) is a soundscape generated using biorhythmic MIDI information gathered from the movements of both artists during the process of producing a handwritten alphabet. Just as a stitched sampler would have been executed in 18th and 19th century girlhood embroidery, to show evidence of both the literacy and stitching skill of the maker, Sample(r) attempts to translate the underlying bio-chemical information from the writer’s mind and body knowledge of the alphabet in a “representative” work.