previews

  • “Dora García: I See Words, I Hear Voices”

    The Power Plant
    231 Queens Quay West
    September 25 - January 4

    Curated by Chantal Pontbriand

    Outsiders exist outside of what, exactly? For the past two years, Spanish artist Dora García has crisscrossed the globe in pursuit of a response to that question. “I See Words, I Hear Voices” assembles the results. As proved by the show’s seven works—among them, the video The Joycean Society, 2013, which documents a reading group in Zurich as they parse a page from Finnegans Wake word by word, and ESPextrasensory perception (Imposed Words), 2015, which brings a clairvoyant into the gallery to perceive things that others cannot—for García, truth is but a state of mind. The linchpins of the artist’s project (and of the show’s major, four-hundred-page catalogue) are her Mad Marginal Charts, diagrams that translate her ongoing research into Joyce, Freud, Lacan, and Artaud into a series of cryptic wall maps. The more you look, the more you see that it’s not “they” but we who are on the outside.