'Stuart Sherman Reappears'
... a book review
Two years ago, Artezine reviewed two related
Stuart Sherman shows here in New York; see
Stuart Sherman Reappears.
Last December, Stuart Sherman's reapparance two years ago in the form
of an large exhibition of his work reappeared in the form of a book,
Beginningless Thought / Endless Seeing: The Works of Stuart Sherman.
(This was also the title of the exhibition at 80WSE.)
The book is not exactly a plain catalog of the
show — 'here is this, there is that, it is
78.3 centimeters wide' —
rather, it is another partial view of Stuart Sherman's
work which in its entirety would require the
physical dimensions of the Encyclopedia Britannica
along with a video monitor and a set of tapes or
DVDs. A number of people familiar with him or
his work have written appreciative and explanatory essays, and
there are numerous photographs of the material
that was displayed on the walls of the exhibition. In addition,
there are what we might call 'plates', full-page
reproductions of some of Sherman's drawings and
Interspersed with the regular sheets of the text
and the plates are somewhat narrower yellow pages
on which notes of Sherman's have been printed.
Many are rather epigrammatic; one might say they
have the same flavor as certain koans. For
instance, 'Bright as the light is, it is not as
bright as it was before this sentence diminished
it.' Others are more Kabbalistic. They pop up
as one goes through the work and comment obliquely
on one's search.
It is good to have this book because Sherman was
a mysterious person who produced superficially
simple items and events that can evoke great depths
which reveal themselves to study and meditation.
The book is available from, at least,