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Maria Porges: Shortest Stories and Exhortations
April 1 - May 1, 2016
Maria Porges_ Shortest Stories and Exhortations

Artist Statement

A complicated, lifelong relationship with the printed word lies behind my exploration of books as both physical material and subject matter. A current primary source—both for sculpture and for collages-- is the library left behind by my grandmother Mary Löw, a citizen of the late Austro-Hungarian Empire who avidly read many English classics translated indifferently into German. These unwanted volumes (printed in a Gothic script now legible to few) are destined for landfill, so their new life as art: whether used as books or as fragments of illustration and text, functions as reclamation of their value and, at the same time, serves as an uncomfortable recognition of the decreasing role of books in a digital media world.

Each collage in the Shortest Stories series, containing a mixture of Old World images and text and figures from 60’s readers, bits of sheet music and other random ephemera, is titled with the entirety of an abbreviated fiction. Selected from 100 Shortest Stories, each of these pieces of writing represents a mixture of memoir and fantasy, evoking styles ranging from detective novels to fairy tales to pulpy romance bodice-rippers. The aggregation of images in each work on paper is intended to represent a complementary reading, rather than serve as a literal illustration.  

The origin of the Exhortations lies in a fascination with words hidden inside of other words, like secret weapons or ghosts. Each debossed phrase found on these cut and reformed fragments of books represents an injunction to action of some kind. The first word must be contained within the second, which almost always results in something eccentric (slug lugubriously; harm charmingly; sob soberly). Like the contents of the books out of which the sculptures themselves are made, these phrases suggest disordered meanings and lost ideas—or, maybe, jokes to which we only know the punch line, having forgotten the rest.

 

formatting Short Story 22_ Brett thinks that broken glass
Short Story 22, Brett thinks that broken glass
 
formatting Short Story 14_ Over and over she read
Short Story 14, Over and over she read
 
formatting Short Story 10_ All I remember is turning around
Short Story 10, All I remember is turning around
 
formatting Short Story 80_ I make my living
Short Story 80, I make my living
 
formatting Short Story 68_ It_s winter_ raining hard
Short Story 68, It's winter, raining hard
 
formatting Short Story 89_ Starting very early
Short Story 89, Starting very early
 
formatting Short Story 88_ Night after night
Short Story 88, Night after night
 
formatting Short Story 53_ None of them knows
Short Story 53, None of them knows
 
formatting Short Story 93_ The son of a couple in the town
Short Story 93, The son of a couple in the town
 
formatting Short Story 43_ Meanwhile back at the ranch
Short Story 43, Meanwhile back at the ranch
 
formatting Short Story 39_ In the middle of the night
Short Story 39, In the middle of the night
 
formatting Short Story 47_ The problem with language
Short Story 47, The problem with language
 
formatting Short Story 20_ Bitter salty fluid
Short Story 20, Bitter salty fluid
 
formatting Short Story 9_ Open Up
Short Story 9, Open Up
 
formatting Short Story 5_ Forgive and Forget
Short Story 5, Forgive and forget
 
formatting Short Story 81_ Sometimes in the summer rain would start
Short Story 81, Sometimes in the summer rain would start
 
formatting Short Story 7_ I closed my eyes
Short Story 7, I closed my eyes
 
formatting Short Story 38_ The same six shapes
Short Story 38, The same six shapes
 
formatting Short Story 28_ My sister could read anywhere
Short Story 28, My sister could read anywhere
 
formatting Short Story 24_ You didn_t believe
Short Story 24, You didn't believe
 
formatting Short Story 6_ Why are we like our parents
Short Story 6, Why are we like our parents
 
formatting Short Story 63_ How can we measure memory
Short Story 63, How can we measure memory
 
formatting Short Story 65_ Weigh me a sure balance
Short Story 65, Weigh me a sure balance
 
formatting Short Story 40_ All the stories they told
Short Story 40, All the stories they told
 
formatting Short Story 35_ Her hair is curliest
Short Story 35, Her hair is curliest
 
formatting Short Story 79_ Archeology horrified her
Short Story 79, Archeology horrified her
 
formatting Maria Porges Short Story 86_ If there were a place to go a narrative collage work at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Short Story 86, If there were a place to go
 
formatting Short Story 85_ There were piles of salt
Short Story 85, There were piles of salt
 
formatting Short Story 54_ It seemed right
Short Story 54, It seemed right
 
formatting Short Story 91_ In the village_ we all knew what the red line meant
Short Story 91, In the village, we all knew what the red line meant
 


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