“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)”

“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.”

“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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