Text and Transfiguration: The Psychic Outlaws Project

By Annie Buckley.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The paper will take as its focus the multi-pronged project Psychic Outlaws, simultaneously a novella, written by the author; a group exhibition of contemporary artworks based on the novella and exhibited at the Luckman Gallery on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, in Fall 2010; a limited edition book and exhibition catalogue published by the gallery; and a text-only e-book published by the author. Both meaning and form of the story—and of the book—shift and expand with each visual and textual format, mirroring the current of transformation and transfiguration woven throughout the novella’s structure and plot. This project casts a new lens on a text’s singularity and crosses boundaries between the visual and verbal while embodying a new and experimental possibility for defining the book.

Keywords: Experimental, Image and Language, Expanding and Shifting Meanings, Multiple Forms for a Book, Responding to Text with Art, Fluidity and Transformation

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.39-53. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.809KB).

Annie Buckley

Assistant Professor of Visual Studies, Art Department, California State University, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Annie Buckley is an artist, art critic, and the author of two books of fiction, Navigating Ghosts and Psychic Outlaws; more than twenty nonfiction books for children and adolescents; and a picture book, The Breathing Bridge, published by Brighter Books of Vancouver, B.C. in December 2011. Her writing about contemporary art has been published widely since 2005 and regularly appears in Art in America and on Artforum.com, leading publications in the field. Her visual art has been included in numerous group and solo exhibition and is represented by Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles. She is co-curator, with John Souza, of Psychic Outlaws, an exhibition based on the novel, at Luckman Gallery in the Fall of 2010. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with Honors and has an M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. Professor Buckley teaches Visual Studies, Art History, and Art Writing.


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