2018 March Exhibit Riordan

Jimmy Riordan Exhibit, March 2019

Title: LRDL2018.01

For more than a decade Jimmy Riordan has been working with and around
Francis Jammes’ turn of the century french novel Le Roman du Lièvre.
Beginning with his amateur effort to translate the story without
knowing french, Riordan’s Le Roman du Lièvre project continues to
reimagine itself and the arrangement of its various parts. This
exhibition presents two new works: LRDL2018.01, a sculptural work, and
LRDL2017.01, a series of posters. Both represent efforts to organizing
materials related to LRDL project. The works on show are the result of
an extensive archival endeavor as well performative events that the
artist conducted over the past few years.

In 2014 Riordan had the opportunity to letterpress print his
translation of Le Roman du Lièvre, and over the last 4 years, as part
of various readings, meals and performances, the monotype used in the
printing process has been organized alphabetically, each letter melted
down into a series of lead forms. LRDL2018.01 is a sculptural work
that can be seen as the core piece of the show, it collects these
forms in piles of various weights, demonstrating another way to
organize and understand the language comprising Riordan’s translation.

In the fall of 2017 Riordan began a year long residency at the
Anchorage Museum resource center and archives. Throughout his visits,
he focused on documenting, cataloging and then disposing of the
various material collected over the previous ten years of his LRDL
project. LRDL2017.01 is the catalog number of this collection,
photographs of a selection of objects from the collection are on
display, along with a set of archival drawer containing a selection of
the physical objects collected and preserved over the course of LRDL
project.