Kate Zambreno’s “Heroines”

Image: Hazel Meyer, 2012

Image: Hazel Meyer, 2012

Thursday, 21 February 2013
Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street West)
7 PM
Free

In conjunction with No Theory No Cry, an exhibition of the works of Hazel Meyer, this salon will feature excerpts from Kate Zambreno’s Heriones as selected by the artist.

Hazel Meyer in attendance.

Working with the form of the suffrage and union banner—a graphic combination of image, text, scale and urgency—the exhibition No Theory No Cry presents an account of how the emotional mind engages the critical. Large felt banners adorned with hand-cut text and transposed doodles are displayed suspended in front of looping and folding intestine- and brain-patterned wall drawings.

A publication called AWAY WITH YOUR MAN-VISIONS! (title taken from a quote by American suffragette Susan B. Anthony) will be produced over the course of the exhibition. Originally conceived as a way to bypass the polished, fully formed nature of the traditional exhibition essay, AWAY WITH YOUR MAN-VISIONS! is a tangential, wandering and emphatic collection of pages from various makers, thinkers and doers. The publication will take shape over the course of the exhibition, morphing and growing alongside No Theory No Cry. In its final manifestation, it will exist as a sculpture/station—an experiment in participatory idea dissemination.

Within the context of No Theory No Cry, No Reading After the Internet will present excerpts from Kate Zambreno’s semi-autobiographical text Heroines.

In Heroines, Zambreno extends the polemic begun on her blog Frances Farmer is My Sister into an original work of literary scholarship. Combing theories that have dictated what literature should be and who is allowed to write it–from T. S. Eliot’s New Criticism to the writings of such mid-century intellectuals as Elizabeth Hardwick and Mary McCarthy to the occasional “girl-on-girl crime” of the Second Wave of feminism–she traces the genesis of a cultural template that consistently exiles female experience to the realm of the “minor,” and diagnoses women for transgressing social bounds. “ANXIETY: When she experiences it, it’s pathological,” writes Zambreno, “when he does, it’s existential.” By advancing the Girl-As-Philosopher, Zambreno reinvents feminism while providing a model for a newly subjectivized criticism.

Hazel Meyer is an artist and sports-enthusiast based in Toronto. Committed to a socially engaged and material-based practice, she negotiates them primarily by creating installations that become environments for performance, collaboration, workshops and amateur athletics. She holds an MFA from OCAD University and is the junior correspondent for the Ponytail Express sports broadcast. Recent exhibitions include Schlaegermusik with Annesley Black for Zukunftsmusik (Stuttgart), Walls to the Ball at La Centrale (Montréal), All Hands on the Archive: An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail, with Logan MacDonald at F.A.G. (Toronto), and flex your textile, John Conelley presents (New York).

Kate Zambreno is the author of the novels O Fallen Angel  and Green Girl. Her critical memoir Heroines, revolving around her obsession with the wives and myths of modernism, has been published by Semiotext(e). Her anti-memoir of broken myths and orphaned women, The Book of Mutter, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2015.

No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) is supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Special thanks to Art Metropole for hosting the salon.