Babel Revisited: Pop up exhibition by Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban
SPACE Gallery is proud to present Babel Revisited - a collaboratation between Austin, TX - based artist duo, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban. Babel Revisited is a pop up exhibition on occasion of the New England Art Book Fair on view from October 6th through the 14th.
Mutchler and Urban will be giving a talk about Babel Revisted on Saturday October 7th, 11:30am. Both the talk and the New England Art Book Fair are free and open to all.
About the Project
The book as a curated, collaborative and performed space is the subject of Babel Revisited by artist-collaborators Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban. Previously shown in Cork, Ireland, Babel Unbound will be adapted to Space gallery as a way to activate the exhibition space during the New England Art Book Fair.
A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining the walls of Space gallery. Photographs, large-scale digital prints, and faux-neon signage break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect, by thread, by memory, by mark, pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end; a confused noise made by a number of voices.
Performing the Book, a single-channel video, explores both the tactile handling of loose pages, while bound, and references the magenta-fingered scanning process at Google Books Library Project. With the book in motion, relationships emerge and dissipate within seconds, making the magic of browsing visible and highly aesthetic.
Instagram handle: @JULMstudios
About the Artists
Leslie Mutchler is Associate Chair and Director of the AAH Core Program for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent projects are experiential, WorkLAB Satellites and TrendFACTORY, examine the purpose and functionality of the printed form and the use of handcraft through multi-participatory installations.
Jason Urban is an artist, writer, and teacher living and working in Austin, TX. Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Urban earned a BFA from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. His prints, drawings, paintings and installations have been featured in numerous venues both nationally and internationally.
Urban teaches Print at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his current appointment, he has taught at a number of schools including Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Tyler School of Art (Temple University), Maryland Institute College of Art, and Bucknell University.
Saturday October 7th, 11:30am - Free
Jason and Leslie will discuss the concepts, inspiration the nature of artist collaboration for their show Babel Unbound which will be on view at SPACE Gallery from October 6th-14th. The show focuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated, collaborative and performed space.