The late artist Brion Gysin (1916–1986), who invented the “Cut-Up Method” (in which words are literally cut up and rearranged to undo them from their received meanings and reveal new ones), gets his first long-overdue U.S. retrospective at the New Museum titled Dream Machine. He used the still-influential technique with his lifelong friend and collaborator William S. Burroughs, in his and Burroughs’ The Third Mind, a collage manifesto on the Cut-Up Method and its uses. Fragments from this book can be seen in the exhibit, which includes Gysin’s work as a painter, performer, poet, and writer. The title of the show—which includes more than 300 drawings, books, paintings, photo-collages, films, slide projections, and sound works—refers to the original Dreamachine, a kinetic light sculpture that uses the flicker effect to induce visions when experienced with closed eyes.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: July 7. Continues through Oct. 3, 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 22, 2010