“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
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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
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Series of archival digital prints on kitikata paper
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Coolest stores & gas stations in Birmingham/Bloomfield, 20″ x 16,” 2014

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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.
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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.

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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

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“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.
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Lists and photographs at the chocolate store in Sheboygan



Gavin informs the young women who work at the Chocolate Shoppe on what day of the week they were born, and then requests that they pose with him for a group picture with “thumbs up,” taken with his camera.

         On left, Gavin’s photograph, re-photographed from his camera’s LCD viewfinder.

  

“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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