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Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce its upcoming ex hibition of Catherine Wagner’s new series of photographs\, trans/literate. The nine diptychs on display are images of canonical texts of literature and philosophy transcribed through a medium going through a present-day state of function and dwindling use: braille.

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Wagner’s work has long been one of finding fresh meaning throug h a documentary indexing of historical objects. Rendered into typologies\, these investigations of what are otherwise social advances that have been c onfined to the rudiments of memory –architectural structures\, medical equi pment\, obsolete remnants of technology\, amongst others- shed light on mod ernity as an entity that runs its own course.

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Louis Braille created the writing platform named after him in 1834\, taken from an earlier system inv ented by Napoleon’s army as a way for soldiers to communicate silently amon gst each other at night. In essence\, Braille’s system was the first univer sal invention of modern-day communication\, at once translatable as it is\, by structure\, digital – a sequence of touches by a finger that transfers the intentions of words and their meanings. It is also one that is resolute ly specific to a lone sense and by usefulness\, running counter to the abil ity of sight. By photographing something meant to be not seen but touched\, the works of trans/literate are suggestive as the subject matters of the b ooks. They are at once the books\, the image\, and materials of history and social consciousness that have lasted through passage of time. They are wh at we can guess through the senses available to us\, as the white whale Mob y Dick\, a visual we cannot see but infer through the imaginative power of lasting words.

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As subject matter\, braille stands as a symbol of the dec line of the publishing industry as we know it today\, where readership in t he great texts continue to diminish at an alarming rate\, as do the volume of sales of physical books. Braille itself faces an ongoing decline with th e growth of the audiobook affecting its reach. In resonance with her other works documenting the obsolescence of things past their usefulness\, the br aille books of trans/literate are premonitions of a seemingly doubtful fate . These works are the documentation of the physical loss of those objects t hat are familiar –and become too familiar- in our times\, crystallized here as visual signifiers of what history once left us.

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Catherine Wa gner has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions international ly\, including recent exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art\, San Francisco a nd Museum of Contemporary Photography\, Chicago. In addition to her photogr aphic work\, Wagner has created large-scale public art works for the City o f San Francisco\, the UCSF Medical School\, and the City of Los Angeles. Sh e was recently awarded the Central Subway Public Art Competition from the C ity of San Francisco’s Art Commission for the Moscone MUNI train station. W agner’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art\ , New York\; the Whitney Museum of American Art\; Museum of Modern Art\, Sa n Francisco\; the Metropolitan Museum of Art\, New York\; the Los Angeles C ounty Museum of Art\, The Museum of Fine Arts\, Houston\; the Victoria and Albert Museum\, London\; amongst many others.

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Gallery Luisotti is excit ed to announce the extension of Catherine Wagner's current exhibition\, trans/literate\, which will now be on view through Saturday\, March 2 3rd. 

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