Julie Cirelli

  • View of “T Is for Toe: Words, Objects, Alphabets,” 2012.
    picks November 02, 2012

    Felix Gmelin

    In 1962, Marshall McLuhan wrote that all of Western society is built on “the meaningless sign linked to the meaningless sound.” McLuhan’s “meaningless signs” are the twenty-six letters of the Roman alphabet, whose overlooked status as the structuring element of language and learning is the basis for Felix Gmelin’s current exhibition, “T Is for Toe: Words, Objects, Alphabets.” The show begins with a three-channel video titled Objects That Speak (all works cited, 2012). Three men hold up various objects—a grapefruit, a book, a piece of bread, etc.—and sound out what noise each object might make.

  • Mads Gamdrup, Noise, 2012, ink-jet print mounted on Diasec, 86 5/8 x 70 7/8". From the series “Noise,” 2008–.

    Mads Gamdrup

    When Goethe attacked Newton in his 1810 Theory of Colors, he launched what he believed would be his life’s greatest work: a defense of the natural purity of white light against the rational mechanics of Newtonian optics. To Goethe, the color spectrum was not contained within each ray of light, as Newton had suggested, but was the result of light’s struggle against darkness as it fell upon objects and obstructions. Color was lumen opacatum, shaded light.

    Goethe was wrong, of course. White light is indeed a spectrum, usually divided into six colors, and darkness is neither the enemy of light nor