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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gallery Openings: Pirate Radio, "Wild Things," and Excavated Literature

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Aching Days of England - BRIAN DETTMER
  • Brian Dettmer
  • Aching Days of England

At Toomey Tourell Gallery -- which is located at 49 Geary, a First Thursday hot-spot that contains multiple galleries -- is the work of Brian Dettmer. Without seeing a video, it is difficult to imagine how Dettmer creates his sculptures. His medium is vintage nonfiction -- hardbound dictionaries, encyclopedias, medical journals, atlases, and engineering texts that have, for the most part, become outdated and outmoded media. His show, "Textonomy," features large-scale works using complete sets of encyclopedias. Using a delicate system of ropes and clamps, Dettmer arranges these books into a desirable configuration, and he seals the pages shut. Then, with the patience, precision, and instruments of a surgeon, he begins to excavate one page at a time, preserving a word here or an image there. The shot above doesn't even begin to reveal how spectacular and intricate Dettmer's work is in person. If you want to explore the crannies, arrive early. --Silke Tudor

The opening reception for "Textonomy" starts at 5:30 p.m. at Toomey Tourell Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny).

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