In this opening discussion for the newly commissioned exhibition The Moving Parts (&), the artist Mary Lum will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with the art historian Steven Nelson.
Mary Lum has created for this exhibition an artist’s book and an installation featuring photographs of temporary constructions made from a palette of broken vintage letterforms. Her work is inspired by the papers of Corita Kent at Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library. Lum’s small constructions carry ideas about language coming into being and piling up on itself. Fragments are rearranged in attempts to communicate—to form something whole and understandable—against backgrounds of varying colors. The photographs, letterforms, and artist’s book appear with a selection of sketchbooks presenting the artist's mode of working through collage. All are surrounded by a large-scale paint work that envelops the gallery, the bars of color echoing the Corita Papers that inspired Lum’s publication Moving Parts (&).