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artist | Emily Lazerwitz

2015

Book

20 × 6 x 30 cm / 7.9 × 2.4 x 11.8 in

Found books, sharpie.

These two texts represent a journey of trying to understand the complexity of language through an incredibly and quite literally close reading of words. These two texts are both texts that are not often read in completion ... Read more
Found books, sharpie.

These two texts represent a journey of trying to understand the complexity of language through an incredibly and quite literally close reading of words. These two texts are both texts that are not often read in completion, and even when read in their entirety they are not necessarily read straight through in order. These texts also both require heavy interpretation where parts are highlighted and others are ignored depending on what the texts are being used for. They both are meant to be absolute and contain hard set rules, yet they constantly are changing.

Lazerwitz read these, and edited them to both try to reach an understanding - an epiphany even - and emphasise the fact that so much of these texts cannot be understood even after reading all of it. So by using redaction the viewers are forced to take a closer look at and really study the words on the page while being hyper aware of the fact that there is so much that they cannot grasp. Lazerwitz hopes this brings these texts to a new light and allow for different perspective to come out and even a new sparked interest in reading these works.

For the installation of these works the texts would not be revealed, but since it is impossible to read the text from the photograph the two books are The Condensed Pocket Oxford English Dictionary and The Holy Bible King James Version. Read less

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