Strange Connections and Framing Conventions
“It is entirely possible that a book exists outside this one - that this is a book within a book. I sometimes imagine the world outside of the text. Its inhabitants, machines of logic, are receivers of endless data. Their task is to give the information shape and order. These creatures do not know what is real because they have no means of evaluating truth. Fiction, nonsense, random noise: there is no differentiation. Many of these individuals are confused, living out fantasies or delusions. No illusion is more valid than any other though, so everyone interacts as if all fantasies were real and compatible. Perhaps they are.”
Alternating between fiction, non-fiction, theory and autobiography, Delisle attempts to plug philosophical models (such as Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome and Baudrillard’s simulation) into his existing modes of creation, both heightening the intensity of the investigation and at the same time changing the process forever. Together with the suite of paintings made during the same time period, Delisle attempts to reclaim certain aspects of the art making process that are lost (uncommunicated) in the exhibited works. A useful read for any artists/storytellers who are considering how their own narratives of creation are implicated and embedded within the objects that they make and exhibit.
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