“ROBERT R. REID: RE-READING (CLOSELY)”
By Special Guest Writer : David Bellman, Research Curator,
CAUSA / Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts
■ A point of contact and an action point activated: verbal-visual presence/revivification of text (and tempo) through listening and looking (localization in a nexus of previously unrelated pattern and proposition).
A resulting field of force: TYPOGRAPHICAL TELETRANSPORTATION.
The term “typographical image” has been adopted as a descriptor for identifying the densely self-contained digital-experimental designs that Robert R. Reid has produced in close collaboration with CAUSA –for purposeful use within variable curatorial research projects (including the current, ground-breaking exhibition at McGill Library). And that carefully conceived nomenclature links, concisely/expansively, to this lucid epigram by the Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu:
People cannot see themselves in running water. They see
themselves in still water, for only stillness can see stillness.
To further clarify a long-term, self-sustaining function for Reid’s rigorously committed USE OF THE AESTHETIC, an observation by Carl Sandburg can be constructively evoked. He connects us to Reid’s capacious creativity with a specific insight:
The inexplicable is all around us. So is the incomprehensible.
So is the unintelligible.