McVarish, Emily: The Square
Into screen-studded, phone-riddled public space, The Square introduces a figure intent on capturing an everyday scene. Among the vacuums of telepresence and dislocations of real-time, in the face of a multiplied oblivion of “setting,” this allegorizing figure counts on material detail to sum up a whole for which it will come to stand. Yet the moment will not be framed as such. Even within the grid of the daily, everything marks its own time. The resulting composition is not an image but a score.
Blind-stamped pages, scattered holes, perpetual calendar parts, pedestrian video stills, dotted lines, and overturned letter-blocks extend and perform The Square’s three texts.
en., letterpress, cloth and paper over boards, 64p, 8.4 x 10.5 inch, Ed. of 45, num., sign., New York, 2009, Granary Books
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