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David Bunn

Brooke Alexander

Mining what might be described as a poetics of the archive, David Bunn’s current project is a byproduct of the rapid conversion within our culture from printed information into bits of electronic data. His works are built from an increasingly antiquated artifact: the library card catalogue. “Here, There and (Nearly) Everywhere,” his first solo exhibition in New York, grew out of his permanent installation at the newly renovated and computerized Los Angeles Central Library. Having rescued some two million card entries from the shredder, Bunn used them as raw material to cover the walls of the library’s elevator with literary works of poetic fancy.

In the works on view here—including wall pieces, artist’s hooks, and one video—Bunn perused the subject headings to cull successions of titles into texts that range from melancholic odes to deadpan truisms. The poems, typed on stationery, hang next

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