On Love : A Crystallization is the first in a series of walks exploring Stendhal’s crystallization theory of love. On view at the Queens Museum from October 28 - December 2 is a double sided newsprint broad side featuring an abstracted research map to accompany the walk. I will be leading a version of the walk on November 11th.
I will be speaking about Light Blue Desire on a panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival this month!
Words are just one way to tell a story, as any photographer, designer, or visual artist will tell you. But how do you craft a strong narrative when you employ one of these alternative storytelling formats? On this panel, photographer Cig Harvey (You an Orchestra You a Bomb), photographer Cecil McDonald, Jr. (In the Company of Black), and multidisciplinary artist Magali Duzant (Light Blue Desire) will discuss their processes for imparting a vision through images, artist books, and more. Moderated by VICE photography columnist Elyssa Goodman.
Sept 16 3pm, Brooklyn Historical Auditorium, 128 Pierrepont St
I am an artist in residence at Works On Water's Governor's Island studio through July 22nd this summer. I am developing a new artist book that takes an experimental approach to a field guide of NYC water - looking at the linguistics of water and the history of hidden, disappeared waterways throughout the boroughs. Studio 5B in Nolan Park is open every weekend from 11-5.
I was commissioned to run a version of Live Streaming Sunset, The East Light, for the 2018 Mardin Biennial in Mardin, Turkey. The biennial runs from May 4 - June 4 and my piece will be on view in two sections in Turkey and NYC ( at Essex Crossing on Clinton and Broome ).
Documentation from the one night pop up show There Is No Threat curated by Ashley Middleton at 145 Chambers in Tribeca. Pictured below is the streaming video projection piece ( projected on plexi and hung from the ceiling ) Live Stream Sunset.
I'm taking over the instagram account of Artists For Puerto Rico this week, the 6 month anniversary of Hurricane Maria. I'll be posting some studio work. Follow along @artistsforpuertorico and if you're looking for a way to help, consider purchasing some art - proceeds go to Unidos Por Puerto Rico to aid in their relief efforts.
MAGALI DUZANT, CLARE WEEKS, HARRY CULY, ELLA CONDON, JULIA ROCHFORD, ELLEN DAHL, REBECCA NAJDOWSKI AND AARON CLARINGBOLD. CURATED BY TALIA SMITH
To long is to yearn for something or someone, to desire the impractical or impossible. It is to stare out at the yawning distance and in doing so discover some kind of beauty in the quiet moments that meet us there.
In Rebecca Solnit’s Field guide to getting Lost, she uses the faded blue distance on the horizon line as an elegy for this kind of yearning. Solnit describes how the colour blue of that distance between you and the horizon represents an emotion, a kind of solitude and desire for what was and what could be.
I can see for miles presents the work of artists from Australia, New Zealand and New York whose practices explore the language of distance - both physical and emotional.
Image: Harry Culy Untitled Seascape #45 (pastel dusk) 2015, The Gap, Vaucluse, Sydney, Australia.
March 5th I'll be reading from Light Blue Desire at Elyssa Goodman's Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series at Niagara Bar at 7:45 alongside a roster of deep talent ( come - it's free! )
Editors' Pick for this week, see here
Thursday, February 1
8. “Once in a Blue Moon” at Printed Matter, Inc.
A book launch and reading celebrating the release of Magali Duzant’s Light Blue Desire: A Manual to the Color Blue, aptly taking place on the evening of the astronomical phenomenon of a blue moon. The book is an investigation into the connection between language and form, specifically the color blue and how it functions as a metaphor and an idiom in the broad cultural landscape.
Location: Printed Matter, Inc., 231 11th Avenue
Time: Book launch & reading: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Feb 1, 2018 6 - 8 PM Printed Matter 231 11th Ave New York, NY 10001
Spent the second week of January working with Peekskill High School students as a Teaching Artist in Residence with the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.
I have been awarded a 2018 New Work Grant by the Queens Council on the Arts through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The grant will provide funding to produce a new artist book, entitled And She Says Don't Give Up : A Psychic's Subway Guide. The book is both a visual archive of flyers found on the NYC subway system as well as a practical guide to the city's transit system featuring an annotated subway map alongside an exploration of the tropes found in neo-spiritual advertising.