Spike Island

Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group


Thursday 17 May 2012, 6–8pm


Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

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Event type

Extra Curricular

This monthly reading group is a platform for discovering and debating current topics in art, cultural theory and experimental fiction. Sessions are hosted by invited guests who have suggested texts that have been influential on their practice or form part of their research.

For May's meeting, artist Melissa Gordon presents "Towards a Metalanguage of Evil", a 1987 essay by Cady Noland that analyses media output for the patterns prevalent in wider society, a process used in both Noland and Gordon's work. The discussion also draws on the publication LABOUR, edited by Gordon in 2010, which focuses on the historic conditions of women's work as lens through which to read the contemporary position of feminised labour in art.

Melissa Gordon

Melissa Gordon (1981) is an American artist based in London. She was the winner of the ABN AMRO Kunstprijs 2007 and the Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands in 2005, and studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union in New York and De Ateliers in Amsterdam.

Recent exhibitions include Structures for Viewing at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY (2012), Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2012), Art in the Parking Space at LAX Art, Los Angeles (2012) and Future Forward at The Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam (2011). Gordon co-edits LABOUR, a new independent publication on art and work with a feminist perspective with Marina Vishmidt. She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, Cosar HMT, Dusseldorf, and Ancient & Modern, London.