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The Hole is proud to present "Summer Reading"\, a group exhi bition and transformation of our Bowery galleries into a giant art book rea ding room. With works of painting\, drawing\, sculpture and photography\, a rtists in this show explore the relationship of literature and print media to the realm of fine arts\, or perhaps the slippages of meaning and experie nce between the act of reading and that of looking. \;
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While many works are made from book covers\, book pages or books and ma gazines themselves\, many of the works deal in a larger sense with words or semiotics\, the shapes of letters or the life of the mind within the realm of &ldquo\;arts and letters&rdquo\;. David Shrigley contributes a lexicall y disruptive bronze sculpture and a work on paper that hilariously looks at the translation of an artist&rsquo\;s oeuvre into print form via an interv iew. &ldquo\;Do you draw every day? Yes I draw every day.&rdquo\; Troels Ca rlsen contributes a trompe l&rsquo\;oeil painting on paper reveali ng the poetry behind a dedication page of a lost novel\; while Jen Mazza in vestigates what psychological content we bring to a simple painting of a cl osed Psychology textbook.
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As a zine collecting biblioph ile and a show full of book nerds\, The Death of Print Media is less of a t heme than is the celebration of print media\, but death certainly is lurkin g: Harland Miller contributes an adjusted Penguin Classics painting asking &ldquo\;Death: What&rsquo\;s In It For Me?&rdquo\; Sean Landers exhibits a memento mori library painting of adjusted titles\, Long Bin Chen c ontributes two massive mausoleal busts of literary giants made from carved magazines\, and Simon Evans a letter to the future from William Shakespeare .
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That John Waters meme about making books &ldquo\;sexy &rdquo\; again by not sleeping with someone if you go home with them and th ey don&rsquo\;t own books is certainly a theme\, to me: Matthew Higgs has b oth as a curator and artist always sought to make reading a crucial and coo l activity in the art world and contributes two new sculptures that literal ly bring reading into the gallery. Jesse Edwards perhaps literalizes the po tential &ldquo\;sexiness&rdquo\; of reading\, as do Devin Troy Strother&rsq uo\;s fornicating &ldquo\;Jungle Book&rdquo\; characters\, while Kembra Pfa hler or Hollie Chastain&rsquo\;s cover girls flirt vintage-ly from their pa ges.
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Various material elements of a book are explored\, from their organic origins to their bonding\, printing and tactile qualiti es\; however\, the duration and temporality of the written word and the una voidable interiority of the act of reading are explored as well. Peter Func h captures a simultaneous composite moment when we dip into the silent\, pe rsonal bubble of reading\, highlighting the isolating nature of print\, jus t as Andrew Kuo in his geometrically neurotic fashion looks at what part of his life is &ldquo\;best seller&rdquo\; and which part &ldquo\;a recyclabl e.&rdquo\; Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari of Toilet Paper show an image from their new book where two figures are literally packed into and s eparated by their library\, and attempt to hold hands across the void. Arti sts like Clare Rojas\, Matthew Stone or Miranda July perhaps suggest just t hat &ldquo\;reaching across the void&rdquo\;\, depicting reading as somethi ng that we share and that ties us\, idiosyncratically\, together.
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Please join us any lazy summer afternoon to come in to check out the exhibition and grab something off the shelves and sit in a big chair a nd peruse it. With over five thousand titles within reach on our shelves\, including contributions from Printed Matter\, D.A.P.\, powerHouse Books\, P ictureBox\, Anteism and many of our gallery friends\, this free reading roo m will contain a lot of new titles and rare old catalogues.
 \; Our library furniture was generously provided by Bright Lyons in Brook lyn\, run by Paul Bright whose contribution to the exhibition is an install ation of his massive zine collection installed on the back wall of the gall ery.
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Please do not take our books home with you \, unless you choose to purchase an available title from our shop in the storefront. Many of these guys come from my personal collection of a rt books and zines that I have amassed over twelve years and I would cry if any disappeared. But I am very excited to share them with you this summer!

DTEND:20130824 DTSTAMP:20140921T234400 DTSTART:20130718 GEO:40.725131;-73.992465 LOCATION:The Hole NYC\,312 Bowery \nNew York\, NY 10012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:SUMMER READING\, Brian Belott\, Shane Bradford\, Paul Bright\, Troe ls Carlsen\, Hollie Chastain\, Long Bin Chen\, John Copeland\, Brian Dettme r\, Michael Dumontier\, Jesse Edwards\, Simon Evans\, Neil Farber\, Leo Fit zpatrick\, Peter Funch\, Matthew Higgs\, Miranda July\, Airan Kang\, Andrew Kuo\, Sean Landers\, Garreth Long\, Jen Mazza\, Geoff McFetridge\, Taylor McKimens\, Harland Miller\, Toilet Paper\, Kembra Pfahler\, Brad Phillips\, Scott Reeder\, Alexander Rodriguez\, Clare Rojas\, Holton Rower\, Jacqueli ne Rush Lee\, André Saraiva\, David Shrigley\, Jen Stark\, Matthew Stone\, Devin Troy Strother\, Dustin Yellin UID:287137 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR