This is an ersatz gallery of some collage I do. I work with salvaged catalog cards: the Jurassic taxonomical detritus of libraries. My choice of simple, iconic objects is two-fold, owing, at the most simple level, to the sorry fact that I cannot draw. As a loftier justification, I am fascinated with the shredded cards’ capacity for exploring the epistemologies embodied in form. It is not uncommon that I prepare a collage by informally polling my friends with a pen and scrap of paper, asking them to sketch the most immediate representation of a given thing (a chair, a bell, a bed) that comes to their minds. It is astonishing the extent to which key visual tropes will repeat in these simplified sketches. If these ideas and pictures remind you of Plato’s theories of ideal forms, that is a good thing. One question I like to prompt is: at what level is a form recognizable as a sign, a totality liquidated into a generic referent at once emptied of all meaning and filled with all knowledge.

Most of these works are 8×10 though a few are bigger or smaller. If you are interested in purchasing or trading art for any, please inquire.

Abbyg.

"Chear"  Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007
“Chear” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007

"Pair"  Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007
“Pair” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007

"Critique of Pure Cricket (For Radhika and Kant)" Library card catalog cards, glue. 2008
“Critique of Pure Cricket (For Radhika and Kant)” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2008

"Hoary Peeks" Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007
“Hoary Peeks” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007

One Story
“One Story” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007

"Two Stories" Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007
“Two Stories” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007

"Poeful Violet (For Jessica)" Library card catalog cards, glue. 2008
“Poeful Violet (For Jessica)” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2008

"Blue Bell" Library card catalog cards, glue. 2009
“Blue Bell” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2009

Gnawledge
“Gnawledge” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2007
Two Lights
“Two Lights” Library card catalog cards, glue. 2009

One Response to “Knowland”

  1. Rachel Foster said

    Abby G-

    blithely followed your facebook link. i love these card catalog collages. Puns are the worst – but witty puns are the best. you win.

    -Rachel

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