Under Erasure Curated by Raphael and Heather Rubinstein
Opening Reception: Wednesday, 28 November, 5-8pm
Spanning the 1960s to the present, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, agit-prop posters, books, manuscripts, and video, and is accompanied by an online catalogue and a print publication, Under Erasure, published by Nonprofessional Experiments.
Taking its title from Jacques Derrida’s concept of “under erasure,” the exhibition will include both visual artists and contemporary writers whose works feature different forms of erasure. For Derrida (as for Heidegger before him) to put a word under erasure (sous rature) is to signal the inadequacy of inherited language while also recognizing its inevitability. Since Derrida introduced the concept of under erasure in his 1967 book Of Grammatology, this emphatically visual act of intervention has become an indispensable technique in diverse disciplines.