JOSEE BIENVENU GALLERY PRESS RELEASE : Autocorrect
Josee Bienvenu Gallery
529 W. 20th St. New York, NY 10011
July 25 – September 12, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday July 25, from 6-8pm
We used to be responsible for our own typographical mistakes. Now, in a general trend to outsource our mental function to a global prosthetic brain, advanced predictive text software has taken over. “geocentric” becomes “egocentric”, “he’ll” turns to “hell”, “I’ll” to “ill” and “id” to “I’d”, turning any communication into a Freudian slip at the slightest touch or click. People blame Autocorrect for mangling their intentions and for failing to un-mangle them.
Autocorrect gets overwhelmed by vocabulary. Every mutation is a persistent or acknowledged mistake and exceptions make language evolve. When the suggested change revolutions the original meaning, the automatic correction allows us to see reality from another angle, funnier usually, embarrassing sometimes, tragic, or even poetic. It allows us to think again.
A similar process takes place for an artist in front of his work: an artwork is a major correction. Any creative process involves risks, disruptions or surprises that cancel each other, erase or integrate new meaning. An author corrects his mistakes, autocorrects them and incorporates them into a new reality. The exhibition including is an invitation to meaningful mistakes, to disrupt the expected and the established. Every artwork is a spelling mistake.