“It was so cool (Dick Clark)”/ 2015

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Gavin writes:

IT WAS SO COOL THAT *DICK CLARK ENJOYED HOSTING SO MANY ROCKIN’ NEW YEARS EVES SPECIALS FROM NEW YEARS ROCKIN’ EVE ’75 TO NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE ’13

(Note: Dick Clark actually hosted from ’76 to ’12, not from ’75 to ’13, but Gavin “fictionalizes” everything he likes as beginning a year earlier and ending a year later.)

 

 

 

“Lists and Projects,” article in the College Hill Independent, 2012

“Lists and Projects” by Claudia Norton, College Hill Independent

The “Dark Woods, Light Woods” project in the RISD / Brown University student newspaper:

“She (Leona) didn’t see Gavin’s lists as artistically significant until she studied art in college and was introduced to Ed Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” (1966), a comprehensive photo documentation of every building on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Leona explained, “Ruscha’s piece taught me that deadpan delivery of visual information—when it carried social, poetic, or emotional content—could be art.” Leona told the Independent that she has taken on the task of translating Gavin’s projects “from an ephemeral medium (word processor ink on copy paper) to an archival medium (fine art printmaking).”

Gavin is something of an archivist, and Leona considers herself an archivist of his archives. His lists are repetitive and sometimes fictionalized. In a video documenting the pair’s road trip to Chicago, posted on their blog darkwoodslightwoods.wordpress.com, Gavin records the business hours of a bakery as opening one hour earlier and closing one hour later than stated on the sign. In a talk that Leona gave at Brown on October 25th, she pointed out that Gavin, in documenting dates of births and marriages, always records them as one year earlier—retroactively extending their duration, if only in his archive. He calls this time “extra bonus days.” When the Independent asked him when he began considering his lists ‘projects’ he said, “The real life version answer is June 30, 1990. The fictionalized version answer is July 1st, 1989.”

“How to Make a Print with your Autistic Savant Brother” video, 2012

“How to Make a Print with your Autistic Savant Brother” was screened at the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference, March 15, 2012, in New Orleans, as part of an audio-visual presentation.

“Hiding Places: From Memory,” Kohler Art Center, WI, June – Oct 2011

MORE INFO: “Hiding Places: From Memory,” Kohler Art Center, WI

CATALOGUE ESSAY by Dr. Darrold A Treffert (autistic savant expert) and Leslie Umberger, Kohler Arts Center curator.

The Rumpus wrote about it here

Below: Images and video from art opening
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Transcribed by Gavin from the wall text, and translated into his cadence and form.

Gavin photographing his original writings that Leona saved, archived, and installed in the vitrine. 

Gavin’s personal library

Gavin’s library of books and hand-written or typed “projects” (lists, directions, and autobiographical documentation) are updated and discarded/recycled by him weekly, monthly, or yearly, whenever the information contained within expires and/or the publishers issue a new edition. He has been filling up a spiral notebook with written projects on the average of one a month.

“Courier” at the University Art Museum, Albany, NY / Oct – Dec 2010

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The collaborative “Dark woods, light woods” project is first exhibited in Courier, curated by Corinna Schaming.

Below: Gavin Christie sees his lists transformed into artwork on the wall for the first time.
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Courier, curated by Corinna Schaming, brings together a range of contemporary artists who have created works that are rooted in the physical, communicative, or iconic properties of the typewriter. From emblematic homage to pointed social critique, the works selected for this exhibition demonstrate that despite its obsolete status, the typewriter remains a potent carrier of untapped ideas.” Documented by a 60-page, fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by James Siena.

More info on show, catalogue, and list of artists here

Below: Dark woods, light woods # 1, 2010-12, debossed engraving, 15″ x 12″

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Below:  Gavin creates photographic self-portraits with new friends at the art opening on his digital camera, Oct 5, 2010

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