‘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.”

“So to Speak” at the Arts Center / Jan – March 2013

“So to Speak,” curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman, EMPAC
January 25 – March 29, 2013
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

“An exhibition devoted to the reiteration of images in words, in which friction emerges in the process of translation, through a jarring of verbal and visual accounts.”

Gavin Christie still remembers the exact day, August 23, 1981, when he first saw the second edition of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. He was at a bookstore in suburban Detroit, and ever since then, Gavin has been regularly recording all the differences between the first edition (1963), which he memorized as a small child in the early 1970′s, and the second edition (1980). Gavin meticulously describes the changes between the editions of the picture book every few weeks, even though the changes never change.

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Above:
Best Word Book Ever: Contents Changes, archival digital print, 44″ x 50,” 2013
A book, The Richard Scarry Projects, was produced in conjunction with the exhibition

PREVIEW / ORDER BOOK: The Richard Scarry Projects

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.”

MORE INFO: http://www.museumofmonday.com/post/41345175243/so-to-speak-at-the-arts-center

“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.

Catalogue essay by Dr. Darrold A Treffert for “Hiding Places” Exhibition at the Kohler Arts Center

CATALOGUE ESSAY by Dr. Darrold A Treffert (autistic savant expert) and Leslie Umberger, curator, for the “Hiding Places: Memory & the Arts” exhibition at the Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI.

“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
09_Gavin_with_catalog_+Prints_sm Taking notes on the hors d’oeurves.
      

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. 

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.