Confusion of any kind, particularly the kind of categorical confusion inherent in encountering novels in the exhibition-context of contemporary art, can lead to new ways of thinking, because while disentangling the error of equating two dissimilar things, new ways of thinking about both need to arise. To quote the American critic and writer Guy Davenport, “You are never so certain of your knowledge as when you’re dead wrong.”
Following the reading there will be a brief conversation between Dan Starling and Aaron Peck about books and the art world.
The event will take place at Western Front building in the Edam Dance studio on the first floor.
Aaron Peck is the author of the novel The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis. He also wrote the text for Letters to the Pacific, an artist’s book in collaboration with artists Adam Harrison and Domic Osterrid. He has contributed to artforum.com, bookforum.com, Art Papers, Canadian Art,Fillip, Foam, and La Fabrica’s Matador, among other places. He has also written for a number of exhibition catalogs. In 2012, he participated in Documenta 13, as a writer-in-residence.
Dan Starling is an interdisciplinary artist from Vancouver whose work has been exhibited internationally. He has attended Emily Carr University (BFA 2005) and Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (Meisterschuler 2011).
Scrivener’s Monthly is a series of public presentations that explore the space between material practices and spoken words: a periodical that talks. Set alongside the exhibitions program at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involves readings, performances, and other articulations.