Les Figues at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Les Figues at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
May 19th, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed-Sun 12–5; 3rd Thursdays: 5–8


Les Figues Press brings you three writers/artists whose work challenges traditional notions of the literary and the made. Doug Nufer wrote his latest book at the horse track, by way of the horse track. Inspired by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, Nufer created character homonyms who bet on the horses for an entire racing season using a betting method in a novel by James Kelman. Actual money was used and actual results determined the narrative structure of Nufer’s hot-off-the-press book, By Kelman Out of Pessoa. Stephanie Taylor uses a poet’s logic to create narrative installations: in Chop Shop, a song by Woody Guthrie turns into a story about carjacking, complete with rhyming evidence. Matias Viegener over-responded to a facebook request to please share “25 Random Things About Me.” Viegener wrote one hundred replies, which became his forthcoming book, 2500 Random Things About Me Too. Three methods of making writing that are more than the usual stories by the usual suspects. Get tomorrow’s literature today—published right here in Southern California by the independent Les Figues Press. The event is free, so bring your friends!


Doug Nufer uses formal constraints to write fiction, poetry, and pieces for performance. He’s the author of the poetry collection We Were Werewolves (Make Now, 2008), and six novels, including Never Again (Black Square, 2004), Negativeland (Autonomedia, 2004), and the will-be-just-released By Kelman Out of Pessoa (Les Figues). His work has appeared in Chain, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, and He lives in Seattle.

Stephanie Taylor has exhibited and performed her work internationally and is represented by Gallery Christian Nagel, Berlin-Antwerp and Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York. Her books include The Stephanie Taylor Songbook, Ood Press, Rio, 2010 and Chop Shop. Taylor received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 2000. Upcoming events include a performance of The Stephanie Taylor Songbook, at the Mak Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, as part of SASSAS’s series Sound at the Schindler House, in addition to LACMA: Offsite at Charles White, and Home; Revisited, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF). Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Frieze, Artext, ARTUS, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, Artforum, Modern Painters, and X-tra.

Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who teaches at CalArts. He is one of three members of the art collective Fallen Fruit, which has exhibited internationally in Mexico, Colombia, Denmark, Austria (Ars Electronica), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), and ARCO 2010 in Madrid. Solo work or performances have been seen at The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen and The Drawing Center in NY, New Langton Arts in SF, LACE, Machine Project, the LA Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. He writes regularly on art for ArtUS and X-tra, has recently been published in Cabinet, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Radical History Review, and Black Clock, and is the co-editor, with Christine Wertheim, of Séance in Experimental Writing and The Noulipian Analects. His book of experimental fiction—_2500 Random Things About Me Too_—is forthcoming from Les Figues Press.