One of around 25 pieces that will feature in the exhibition Permit Yourself…, opening on April 22nd at the Arts Santa Mònica, is a 180cm x 48cm mirror panel with a text cut into its surface. The text, which comes from a Stephen Pfohl review of a Guy Debord film, reads ‘Permit yourself to drift from what you are reading at this very moment into another situation... Imagine a situation that, in all likelihood, you’ve never been in’. This is the inspiration for the name of the exhibition, which explores the idea that both books and artwork can be read in new and unconventional ways.
The exhibition compares the medium of books with the medium of art, paying particular attention to the transition and mutation of artists’ books into works of art themselves (sculptures, paintings, photographs, performances and installations). Through the juxtaposition of books with artistic objects, installations and performances, the viewer will notice that the works of art have taken on the role of the book and the book has become the work of art. This interplay between the two mediums shows that they are connected, but also aims to highlight their fundamental differences.
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