A Book is A-Round: An Exhibit and Reading with Jill Magi, June 22 to July 22, 2013

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A Book Is A-Round: textile and book works by Jill Magi
June 22-July 22, 2013

On Saturday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. Counterpath will host the opening reception for A Book Is A-Round: textile and book works by Jill Magi, and Jill Magi will give a video-accompanied reading from SLOT.


“A diffuseness or lack of accuracy, which is increased by the repetition of the same emotive words, whose range of meaning is multiple.” –Leslie Scalapino in How Phenomena Appear to Unfold

“Paintings help the plants grow.” –from Trinh T. Minh-ha’s “Naked Spaces: Living is Round”

A textile, an architecture: a book surrounds, proliferates, is of use and possible refuse. And so “A Book Is A-Round” invokes textual traditions of roundness and continuation, permeability and cloth, mark and stitch, layers and decay, handwriting and the other. All of the works in this exhibit—stitched scrolls for the wall, small books-as-bundles, unbound writings contained by boxes—celebrate the tactile and measurably unproductive aspects of reading, writing, and knowing.

Jill Magi works in text, image, and textile and is the author of LABOR (forthcoming in September 2013 from Nightboat), SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), the chapbooks Die for love/furlough, Poetry Barn Barn!, Confidence and Autonomy, and numerous handmade books. Recent work has appeared in Opon, Rattapallax, The Columbia Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and Common-place: Journal of the American Antiquarian Society. Her visual works have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University. She was a Textile Arts Center resident artist, a writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and an arts grant recipient from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Jill teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information on Jill Magi’s work, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/jillmagi/