23. December 11, 2005 - February 17, 2006 (Two concurrent exhibitions)
Douglas Beube: A VOID (AFTER GEORGE PEREC)
Books are the medium in Beube’s sculpture. The viewer recognizes the book and its contents, even though they have been transformed, and is invited to participate in a dialogue with, or critique of, the visual object. The intentional elimination of essential text alludes to historical and contemporary Jewish issues and purposefully refers to the writings of Holocaust survivor George Perec, who equated the removal of the letter “e” from his work with the fate of the Jews in France during World War II. The bookworks and collages in this exhibition carry this theme one step further, referencing not just “the Final Solution,” but additionally, the problems of ethnic cleansing, religious hatred and social injustice today.