Glass Docs

  • Exhibition: Attempts at Breaking into a Glass House, Art Institute, Steven Goldman Gallery, Portland, Oregon | April 3 - 28, 2014

A very quiet history of the Farnsworth House is that its inhabitant, Dr. Edith Farnsworth, used her time at the house to write her own poetry, and translate the poetry of Italian modern poets into English. Poems drawn from Farnsworth’s own archive conceptually close the loop of image, word and artifact that creates architecture. Here, the architectural lines drawn within the Glass Docs work to carve a new poem out of each existing poem, revealing in Farnsworth’s poems and her poetry translations the stark truth of the phenomenon of living under glass. Also borne out is the ambiguous and complex relationship between the subject Farnsworth identifies as 'you,' and the subject that she identifies as 'I.'