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anne-lise coste: m, l, e

toomer labzda
100a Forsyth Street, 917 488 3388
East Village / Lower East Side
March 4 - April 22, 2012
Reception: Sunday, March 4, 6 - 8 PM
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a series of new spray paintings which explore the gesture and shape of letters in black on white says my gallerist, and i say beginning of letters and beginning of words and sometimes their interlacing, meaning and no meaning because who knows where we are going what are we doing you me you and me and wh, o, n, m. the fact is that if you look frontally-cosmically you see it is quite enormous but if you start to find other points of view, and i am not being rhetorical now, you really see it does not diminish because yes it is big, bigbig, and we are very little, so we put marks.

and i told my gallerist “you know using the spray technique makes possible – the touching the less- (because i think generally we touch too much the world in this world, in the sense of believing too often in the big long deep gesture through using a lot of materiality, heavy materiality, long-term materiality: the perennial) so when spraying, the particles and fumes from the can reach and penetrate the surface by themselves, with the wind sometimes, cause i work with my hands out of the window, so no direct contact” and she replies, “you say no touch, but your thumb print is in there” and i said “oh shit, another contradiction of mine” and she says ” it’s alright” – no, i said that.

some entrances for those who likes to have keys:

m merde merveille mum mother ma me même mort mortel mortelle mal merde mmm sound- (word we pronounce while being babies)

l le le le la li lo and lulu


and don’t forget to combine: m+e= l+e= m+m+e+e=

and don’t forget to re-listen to the big hit (kurt schwitters – ursonate)

and don’t forget to set a fire in your apartment and dance around and spit on your iphone and say no no no and some yes and make sex with letters.

Anne-Lise Coste was born in Marseille in 1973 and lives and works in New York. She has recently presented exhibitions at Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Santander and Cantabria (2011); Voici un dessin suisse, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2011); Collection 3, Fondation Salomon, Alex, France (2010); Salon du dessin Contemporain, Carrousel du Lovre, Paris (2010); Professionalization is Killing Art, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen (2010); Beginnings, Middles and Ends, Curated by_Vienna09, Viena, curated by Gianni Jetzer (2009); Violência Institucional e Poetica, Fundación Serralves, Oporto (2008).
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