"The gap is an idea that comes along once in a generation." anonymous
I am making an artist's book called The Gap: A Portrait of the Space Between Things. I have also called "the gap" the synaptic sign of modernity, since so much of modern art, science, literature, criticism, and journalism uses a gap structure. I have collected and juxtaposed thousands of quotes and images from every branch of knowledge and art, thinking of the book as if it were built like a brain, with synaptic gaps between the neurons (quotes and images). The reader's interpretation traverses the gap, just as the neurotransmitter carries an electric signal across the gap between nerve cells. The synaptic gap does not close, and in fact, must remain open for the next transmission. Communication requires a gap.
In 2013, I was invited to give a talk and visual presentation called the Gap: The synaptic sign of modernity at the 40th annual louisville conference on literature and culture since 1900.
In 2008 I was invited to give a talk and visual presentation at Jamesian Strands,the fourth international Henry James Society conference, held that year in Newport, RI. visual intertextuality was subsequently published in the Henry James Review.