Renee Gladman, Don Powley, Allyson Strafella, Mirthe Dermisache

Please join us for the opening reception of “afterscript” on Saturday, September 14, from 5-7pm.

afterscript joins the work of four artists whose interests in the connections between drawing, writing, and letter-forming explore the gaps and excesses of language as both a manual and mechanical technology of sense-making. Gladman’s ‘prose architectures’ and ‘paragraph drawings’ map an uncanny territory between soothing gesture, sense-notation, and legibility; Powley lets an intentionally constrained working vocabulary of hand-drawn letterforms fall to pieces under the pressure of sound and sense; and Strafella turns the typewriter into a tool for drawing, using punctuation marks to build layered surfaces that are abstract and familiar. A pair of examples of asemic writing by Argentine artist Mirthe Dermisache are included in the show as a historical interlocutor. These various works are “after” script in both senses, referring to written language and pushing past it to the as-yet unwritten, unwritable: taken collectively, what can these gestures build? What do they destroy?

Since 2013, Renee Gladman has been doing a kind of writing that is also drawing. Many of the first instances of this work were published as Prose Architectures (2017). One Long Black Sentence, the second monograph in this ongoing series of “paragraph drawings” (forthcoming 2020), begins in the city and ends in a space where both moons and music notation coexist. Additionally, Gladman has published twelve works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians, Calamities, a collection of linked auto-essays on the intersections of writing, drawing, and community, won the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and, most recently, Morelia, a brief crime novel. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and Non-Objectif Sud among others. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

Donald Powley is a visual artist based in Jefferson, NY where he works in a  small outbuilding converted to a studio. His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum,  Saint Louis Art Museum, Fisher Landau Center, Collezione Maramotti, and Wadsworth Atheneum.

Allyson Strafella presents drawings made with a typewriter. This is a method of working she has been immersed in since the early 90s. With patience she finds the edge of form and formlessness, made and un-made.

Mirthe Dermisache (b. Buenos Aires, 1940–2012) was a visual artist whose rigorous inquiries into the “essence of writing” resulted in a prolific body of work at once deeply experimental, magentically beautiful and insistently democratic. Her work was introduced to North American audiences by the beloved exhibition “Drawing Time, Reading Time” at The Drawing Center (New York) in 2014. Other group shows include “elles@centrepompidou” at Centre Pompidou in Paris, “In the Margins of Art: Creation and Political Commitment” at MACBA in Barcelona, among many others. Her first major retrospective “Because I Write!” was recently mounted at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires in 2017. Her book Selected Writings was copublished by Siglio Press and Ugly Duckling Press in 2018.

After September 14, this exhibition will be open for viewing Wednesdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, during other Open Hours (posted weekly at, by chance, and by appointment.