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Arbitrary Pleasures - Plaisirs Arbitraires

Dan Rose, illustration of Bradford Lux (ca. 1985). Used with permission of the artist.
Dan Rose, illustration of Bradford Lux (ca. 1985). Used with permission of the artist.

On exhibit September 26, 2016 - March 10, 2017

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.

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


7:30 World Premiere of Photon Ecstasy
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.

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