Book Launch: Alan Reid, Warm Equations

Please join us for the launch of Alan Reid’s Warm Equations, published by Edition Patrick Frey, with readings by contributing writers Matthew Brannon, Corina Copp, Jamieson Webster, and editor Rachel Valinsky, and a brief discussion to follow. 

Warm Equations is a monograph that’s not a monograph: a study of an unstable, mercurial subject. Taking the paintings of New York-based Alan Reid as a cypher, the book pivots around the artist’s deferral of authorial closure, shifting the emphasis from his work to a multiplicity of voices and contributors. Rushing in from offstage, these voices pronounce their own concerns, setting textual tempos and rhythms that run amok non-hierarchically, catching on to or installing their own ambient metaphors.

Set among Reid’s images, each text constitutes a voice within a splintered chorus. The dramaturgical chorus, traditionally united in its simultaneous interventions, here operates on discrete registers. The ideal audience, the self-same guide, the judge and jury of ever evolving ethical ploys, the personification of narrative, the analyst, a reminder of social imperative, a road to the gods…The chorus shares in the action, but only by marking its enunciation as interlude, as arbitrated pause. Warm Equations assembles such interludes, recasting the figure of the protagonist as always already necessarily multiple.
Imagine you and I, Reid and reader, nymph and faun, our prowling halt and frozen. The chorus overtakes the theater.
Includes texts by Matthew Brannon, Corina Copp, Jill Gasparina, Kristen Kosmas, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Alan Reid, Lisa Robertson, Chris Sharp, Rachel Valinsky, and Jamieson Webster.

Matthew Brannon is a visual artist and writer living in New York City since 1997. Brannon's art typically concerns distances, whether between conscious and unconscious desires or political and military decision-making, and their effects in the field. He is known for his witty letterpress prints and large scale silkscreens produced in editions of one. He has been called a “wicked ventriloquist.”

Corina Copp is a poet and writer based in New York. She is the author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015); and chapbooks ALL STOCK MUST GO and Pro Magenta/Be Met, among others. Recent texts can be found in Imperial Matters, Cabinet, BOMB, Triple Canopy's Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, and elsewhere. Her performance work and collaborations have been presented at 8-Eleven Gallery (Toronto), Artists Space, Home Alone 2, and LMCC's Workspace

Alan Reid is a visual artist. Solo exhibitions include An Absent Monument, Mary Mary, Glasgow; Echo Avalanche; Patricia Low, Gstaad; POEMS: Sans Souci, Lisa Cooley, New York; The Chameleon, A Palazzo, Brescia; Boudoir Concrete, Mary Mary, Glasgow; With, Lisa Cooley, New York; Heiresses on Terraces, Lisa Cooley, New York. 

Rachel Valinsky is a writer, researcher, and translator based in New York. She has curated projects at Judson Memorial Church, Lisa Cooley, and Spectacle Theater, and written for East of BorneoMillennium Film JournalBOMB and C Magazine, among others. She is a co-founder Wendy’s Subway, a library and writing space in Brooklyn, and a contributor at Éditions Lutanie, Paris. Rachel is a doctoral student in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. She has written for Apology, Cabinet, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Playboy, The New York Times, as well as, for many psychoanalytic publications. The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis is published with Karnac (2011). Stay, Illusion!— written with Simon Critchley— is published with Pantheon Books (2013). She is currently working on The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan, and a new book, Conversion Disorder

Event date: 

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

52 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
Alan Reid: Warm Equations Cover Image
By Alan Reid (Artist)
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ISBN: 9783906803043
Availability: Special order, subject to availability. Arrives in our store in 10+ days if available
Published: Patrick Frey Edition - January 2017