(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.
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.
Series of archival digital prints on kitikata paper
Coolest stores & gas stations in Birmingham/Bloomfield, 20″ x 16,” 2014
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.
Gavin doing research at the Ann Arbor public 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.
Above: Self-Portaits with Birmingham Friends, polaroids, late 1990’s
“It was so much fun looking,” Archival digital print on Somerset, 22″ x 30″ / 2014
Dark woods, light woods” (detail), from a series of 18 debossed engravings, 15″ x 12,” 2010-12
Above: Photograph of exhibition opening by Sam Sefton
On view through from June 5 – 30, 2014 (Extended through Sat, July 19)
Ghost Sprawl, Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7 pm
Gavin Christie’s odes to closed stores and changed directions
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