“Turns and Returns” exhibit at Salt & Cedar, Detroit / June 5 – 30, 2014

(extended through Sat, July 19, 2014)

Turns and Returns presents a selection of ephemeral lists and photographs created by Gavin Christie, re-presented by his sister Leona Christie. Images and texts are printed on paper, silk, and plexiglass.

turns & returns front door view at salt & cedar

Turns & Returns Installation Shot, Corner, Salt & Cedar turns & returns installation view at salt & cedar
Above:
And Small Dark Trees #2, series of five panels, 32” x 24,” plexiglass and vinyl, 2014

Every day Gavin types and writes memories of dates, directions, stores, books, TV shows, snacks, and people. When typing directions from suburban Detroit to northern Michigan, Gavin recalls the stores and gas stations between each turn, as well as the traces of “dark woods” and “light woods,” and “small dark trees” and “large dark trees” remaining in between.

Turns & Returns, Installation view, Salt & Cedar
Above:
Series of archival digital prints on kitikata paper
Below:
Coolest stores & gas stations in Birmingham/Bloomfield, 20″ x 16,” 2014

Coolest stores in Birmingham Bloomfield copy
More places on woodward avenue detail
Above:
More Places on Woodward Avenue, 20″ x 16,” 2014

Gavin makes lists of all the stores and malls that used to be in metro Detroit. He supplements his memory by reading old business directories at local libraries.
Below:
Gavin doing research at the Ann Arbor public library.

Gavin at library
Also included in this exhibit are photographs of Gavin with his friends in the stores of Birmingham, Michigan. Although he now uses a digital camera, in the 1990’s Gavin took thousands of self-portrait polaroids, a sampling of which are presented here.

*Install shot polaroid_sm
Gavin Christie Self-Portraits with Birmingham friends

Above: Self-Portaits with Birmingham Friends, polaroids, late 1990’s

Archival digital prints on Somerset, 30" x 22," 2014

"It was so much fun looking, Richard Scarry," Archival digital print on Somerset, 30" x 22" / 2014

Above:
“It was so much fun looking,” Archival digital print on Somerset, 22″ x 30″ / 2014

Dark woods Light woods print

Above:
Dark woods, light woods” (detail), from a series of 18 debossed engravings, 15″ x 12,” 2010-12

S&C 2 Sam SeftonAbove: Photograph of exhibition opening by Sam Sefton

On view through from June 5 – 30, 2014 (Extended through Sat, July 19)

PRESENTATION:
Ghost Sprawl, Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7 pm
Gavin Christie’s odes to closed stores and changed directions

Salt & Cedar
2448 Riopelle Street (at Fisher, in Eastern Market)
Detroit, MI 48207 I USA
June hours: Saturday | 10a-5p, and by appt.
email: info@saltandcedar.com | salt & cedar | map & parking | facebook

“Large Dark Trees and Small Dark Trees,” and other new work, 2014

"Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees", Vinyl on plexiglass, Five pieces: 32" x 24" each / 2014 photo by Sam Sefton

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees”, Vinyl on plexiglass, Five pieces: 32″ x 24″ each / 2014 / photo by Sam Sefton

"Large Dark Trees, Small Dark Trees #1,"  Vinyl on plexiglass, 32" x 24"  /  2014, photo by  Sam Sefton

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees #1,” Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″ / 2014

"Large Dark Trees, Small Dark Trees #2," Vinyl on plexiglass, 32" x 24" / 2014

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees #2,” Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″ / 2014

"Large Dark Trees, Small Dark Trees #3", Vinyl on plexiglass, 32" x 24"  /   2014, photo by Sam Sefton

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees #3,” Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″ / 2014

“Large Dark Trees, Small Dark Trees #5″, Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″  /  2014, photo by Sam Sefton

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees #5″, Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″ / 2014

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees #4″, Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″  /  2014, photo by  Sam Sefton

“Large Dark Trees & Small Dark Trees #4″, Vinyl on plexiglass, 32″ x 24″ / 2014

Archival digital prints on Somerset, 30" x 22," 2014

Archival digital prints on Somerset, 30″ x 22″ / 2014 / Each print in an edition of 3

"It was so much fun," archival digital print on Somerset, 30" x 22" / 2014

“It was so much fun,” (detail of text), Archival digital print on Somerset, 30″ x 22″ / 2014

"I really enjoyed hanging out," (detail of text), Archival digital print on Somerset, 30" x 22" / 2014

“I really enjoyed hanging out,” (detail of text), Archival digital print on Somerset, 30″ x 22″ / 2014

"I read the first edition, Richard Scarry," archival digital print on Somerset, 30" x 22" / 2014

“I read the first edition (it was so cool),” (detail of text), Archival digital print on Somerset, 30″ x 22″ / 2014

Archival digital prints on Kitikata, 20" x 16"  /  2014

Archival digital prints on Kitikata, 20″ x 16″ / 2014 / Each print in an edition of 3

"Extra Birmingham friend pictures," archival digital print on Kitikata, 20" x 16"  /  2014

“Extra Birmingham friend pictures,” archival digital print on Kitikata, 20″ x 16″ / 2014

"More places on Woodward," archival digital print on Kitikata, 20" x 16"  /  2014

“More places on Woodward,” archival digital print on Kitikata, 20″ x 16″ / 2014

"Coolest retail stores in Birmingham Bloomfield"

“Coolest retail stores in Birmingham Bloomfield”

Coolest places on old woodwardv2

“The coolest places on Old Woodward (that are no longer around)”

"The dates to wear shorts"

“The dates to wear shorts”

"The Dates in the second half of wearing pants"

“The dates in the second half of wearing pants”

"Then curve left again"

“Then curve left again”

"Here is more information about Gavin Christie"

“Here is more information about Gavin Christie”

"You took a Boblo boat"

“You took a Boat ride on a Boblo boat”

“Dark Woods, Light Woods” debossed engravings, 2010-12

“Dark Woods, Light Woods” debossed engravings on Stonehenge paper, 15″ x 12″  /  2010-12

"Dark woods, Light woods #9  (Two Miles to Kalkaska)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #9 (Two Miles to Kalkaska)”

"Dark woods, Light woods #2 (Alger-Rose City Interchange)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #2 (Alger-Rose City Interchange)”

"Dark woods, Light woods #6 (Then it is Hilly again)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #6 (Then it is Hilly again)”

Dark Woods Light Woods #7 (Applebee's)

“Dark woods, Light woods #7 (Applebee’s)”

"Dark woods Light woods #3 (15 miles to Flint)"

“Dark woods Light woods #3 (15 miles to Flint)”

"Dark Woods, Light Woods #16 (All of the New Year's Eves that I have spent in Birmingham, Michigan)"

“Dark Woods, Light Woods #16 (All of the New Year’s Eves that I have spent in Birmingham, Michigan)”

"Dark woods, Light woods #17 (All of the New Year's Days that I have spent in Birmingham, Michigan)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #17 (All of the New Year’s Days that I have spent in Birmingham, Michigan)”

"Dark woods, Light woods #13 (All of the MTV New Year's Eve Specials that I have watched)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #13 (All of the MTV New Year’s Eve Specials that I have watched)”

"Dark woods, Light woods #15 (All of the Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve Specials that I have watched)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #15 (All of the Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve Specials that I have watched)”

"Dark woods, Light woods #14  (All of the New Year's Rocking Specials that Dick Clark has done)"

“Dark woods, Light woods #14 (All of the New Year’s Rocking Specials that Dick Clark has done)”

“LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday” at the Elmhurst Art Museum, IL / May-Aug 2014

LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday
Curated by Rachel Seligman, Tang Museum at Skidmore College
and Nadine Wasserman, Independent Curator

Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL /  May 11 – August 17, 2014

Chicago Tribune Review July 31 2014, by Lori Waxman                                    Quote: “Artist Leona Christie takes cues from her brother Gavin, who is autistic and has an immense capacity for storing and organizing facts. He ritually hand writes and types blocky lists of MTV New Year specials watched, dates when shorts have been worn, travel details for driving 15 miles to Flint, Mich. She absorbs his intensity in a series of pristine, white-on-white prints that embed these inventories in the surface of heavy white paper, as if by sheer force.”

01_All_the_New_Years_Days_Christie copy

Above: All the MTV New Year’s Eve Specials, 15″ x 12,” debossed engraving, 2010-12

Chicago Sun-times, Western Springs edition

“Lifeloggers” was first exhibited at the Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN / January 10 – March 16, 2014

‘So to Speak’ examines artistic power of language, by Amy Griffin, Times-Union

PRESS: Albany Times-Union

From article: “In her book, Leona Christie notes that Gavin read (and reread) the biography of Scarry who, as a child, made lists in the form of drawings. What Gavin does is an inversion of this — processing images into words and, by presenting them on a large scale, his sister-collaborator effectively makes images of his words.”