Hard to Read - Love A Loves Me!
Backstory: He told me that when he lived in Queens in the 1970s the streets were covered the word “BOOK.” It took awhile of wondering before he asked someone and learned that this was how the city dealt with all the “FUCK” graffiti.'
For her first show as Hard to Read, organizing artist Fiona Alison Duncan asked 14 notable readers in her life to read favorite passages from favorite books before her camera. She filmed these readers—individuals she’s exchanged or discussed books with, including herself—in their homes, studios, or a public setting of their choosing. These readings will screen in the gallery, where Duncan will play shopkeep for five weeks. All of the books read from will be available for sale; and inscribed upon purchase with a message from their reader. Printed matter containing writing and art by the readers will also be for sale. A series of “Writing on the Wall—” authored by F.A. Duncan, the poet; Fiona Alison Duncan, the mainstay; and Fifi, the fun one—explores language as a tool for domination, seduction, liberation, grace, and what else. “The Big Book (Gestures of Cumfort)” is a book as resting place, provided by reader and artist Matthew Hilvers. Duncan invites you to come through to read, talk, and watch while she’s attending (events may happen).