Gaps and the Creation of Ideas: An Artist’s Book
Gaps and the Creation of Ideas: An Artist’s Book is a portrait of the space between things, whether they be neurons, quotations, comic-book frames, or fragments in a collage. This twenty-year project is an artist’s book that juxtaposes quotations and images from hundreds of artists and writers with the author’s own thoughts. Using Adobe InDesign® for composition and layout, the author has structured the book to show analogies among disparate texts and images.
There have always been gaps, but a focus on the space between things is virtually synonymous with modernity. Often characterized as a break, modernity is a story of gaps. Around 1900, many independent strands of gap thought and experience interacted and interwove more intricately. Atoms, textiles, theories, women, Jews, collage, poetry, patchwork, and music figure prominently in these strands. The gap is a ubiquitous phenomenon that crosses the boundaries of neuroscience, rabbinic thinking, modern literary criticism, art, popular culture, and the structure of matter. This book explores many subjects, but it is ultimately a work of art.
Judith Seligson is an artist and writer living in New York and Alexandria, Virginia. She has published articles in The Henry James Review, The Forward, Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, and The Radcliffe Quarterly. Her solo painting exhibitions include Jane Haslem Gallery in Washington, DC (1991, 2008), the Athenaeum (2016) in Alexandria, Virginia, and both Anita Friedman Fine Art (1996) and Galérie Mourlot (2016-2017, 2021) in New York City. The title of the 2021 exhibition is The More You Look, the More You See. She has two overarching interests in her work: finely tuned color intervals and visual intertextuality (text-image interaction). Her work also extends to collage, graphite drawings, photography, multimedia, videos, and pigment prints.
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