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Arbitrary Pleasures - Plaisirs Arbitraires
On exhibit September 26, 2016-March 10, 2017


 Dan Rose, illustration of Bradford Lux (ca. 1985). Used with permission of the artist.
Dan Rose conjures the controlled wildness of Raymond Roussel, Marcel Duchamp, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, and the OuLiPo movement with the assured irreverence of an accomplished book artist. Drawing from the tradition of formal constraints—if not always arbitrary pleasures—his artist books flip advertising, anthropology, philosophy, architecture, and gender identity on their heads. Rose's visual narratives of such topics as the underarm, big science, sex, motherhood, large corporations, super-secret government projects, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's image take the viewer-reader on journeys into elegant absurdity.

For more on Dan Rose's work, visit: http://danrose.space/
and http://steamrollerlabs.com/dan-rose/
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:30 PM
Artist talk, preview performance of Photon Ecstasy, and exhibition reception

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 3420 Walnut Street, 6th floor
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 PM Exhibition Tour with the artist Dan Rose

Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, 1st floor
7:30 World Premiere of Photon Ecstasy
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 3420 Walnut Street, 6th floor

l'Artiste ordinaire (Melissa Grey & David Morneau) will perform Photon Ecstasy, music based on the DNA-Photon Project, Rose's three dimensional artist book that satirizes large governments, global corporations, big science secret projects, and the colonization of all inhabitable worlds of the universe with human DNA.


Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)