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Tim Youd: St. Louis Retyped

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday, March 11, 10:30am - 4pm
Monday, March 12, 10:30am - 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and the Contemporary Art Museum welcome performance artist Tim Youd, who will by typing Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs in its entirety in Left Bank Books' Euclid facing window as part of his St. Louis Retyped project for CAM!

Tim Youd has long made drawings and paintings inspired by words and literature. But after a meaningful pilgrimage to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home, he began to involve himself more directly in the art of the written word, with his decade-long 100 Novels project. Youd types novels. In fact, he retypes already written novels. And he performs these re-typings on the models of typewriters the authors used in the creation of their works. He types each book on a single sheet of paper, which is laid on top of a second sheet of paper and run consecutively through the typewriter. Not surprisingly, Youd came upon the idea for these durational art actions while reading a book. “I understood that, on a formal level what I’d been looking at all those years was a rectangle of black text inside the larger white rectangle,” he says. “I had this urge to compress the book—a physical, palpable urge—so that all the words in the entire novel would be present on that one page.”

At CAM, Youd is scheduled to type works by authors with St. Louis origins: T.S. Eliot, Stanley Elkin, William Burroughs, and Marianne Moore.

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Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:30am to Monday, March 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Naked Lunch: The Restored Text Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802122070
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - July 16th, 2013