Problems with Authority: Gerri Davis in conversation with Lawrence Weschler
Bridge Gallery, NYC | Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Gerri Davis in conversation with Lawrence Weschler in her New York Studio. January 21, 2013
LW: Why don’t we start with this one here.
LW: It’s one of a triptych in this show of somewhat distorted, well not exactly distorted, let’s say confoundingly reflected self-portraits, and the first of them at that. If I were to attempt to describe it, I’d start with the fact that it entails or enacts all sorts of reflections; it’s a case of you rendering yourself absorbed in rendering yourself absorbed. Except that in fact what you’re doing is you’re rendering a reflection of yourself reflecting on yourself absorbed in rendering yourself reflective of your absorbtion. Or something like that.
LW: Does that make sense?
GD: Very well stated. Yeah...
LW: So what’s the deal?
GD: This is actually the third one of these dark window pieces that I did (Far Window, pp. 1, 9). In the first one, Night Window, I was sitting against a window looking out onto the street with a mirror leaning against that window, so the mirror bounced its image onto the window which in turn was reflected in the mirror, and so on, bouncing back and forth with the mirrored interior scene seemingly hanging in midair out above the street.
LW: And that one was in your last show?
GD: That was in the last show, yeah.