SFAQ: SFAQ Review: “Codex” group exhibition and the Kenneth Goldsmith talk, “Non-expressive Writing and the Future of Text” at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.

“Codex” is the current group exhibition located in the front gallery space of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, conceived and by artist and book collector, Pierre Leguillon during his residency at the Kadist Art Foundation in 2011. Using the residency as a departure point, Leguillon curated “Codex” along with students from the Fine Arts Department of Haute école d’art et de design (HERD) in Geneva, Switzerland and the California College of the Arts. The gallery installation seems to mimic a giant open book with a dust jacket. The large installation wall spans the width of the entire gallery and is flanked by two smaller parallel walls. Over two-dozen works of art, predominantly photographs and videos are hung salon-style over all three walls. Included is a selection of a series of Leguillon’s frottage drawings, or rubbings of books from the Prelinger Library, which he visited during his residency.

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