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Between C&D

December 4, 2014 – February 14, 2015

Fales Windows

The Fales Archives presents "Between C&D" at the Fales Windows. Part of their project dedicated to digitizing print editions from their Downtown Collection of New York Cultural History. Between C&D was a Lower East Side fiction magazine published from 1984 to 1990 by Joel Rose and Catherine Texier in their East 7th Street Apartment. Materials and equipment were provided by EPSON America and featured many avant-garde writers, including Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, Lynne Tillman, David Wojnarowicz & Darius James. 

“These writers are closer to urban archaeologists than to landscape artists or campus sociologists, and regardless of their backgrounds, they choose to explore the underside of life – the frontier where the urban fabric is wearing thin and splitting open… What these writers share is a common passion for exploring the limits of fiction in this late twentieth century and a rebelliousness against the established order of traditional narrative. You won’t find any middle-class family dramas or cute college tales in these stories.”
- Joel Rose & Catherine Texier

The Fales Downtown Collection was founded in 1993 and built on a documentary strategy with emphasis on New York Cultural History from the 1970s to the 1990s. The collection features 112 unique manuscript and archive collections that span across genres and disciplines, and highlight the experimental, the un-sanitized, collaborative, and the non-hierarchical. 

Windows installation image from street view, featuring all three windows. From left to right: the left most window features an enlarged piece of paper. The words are illegible from the image, however there are two figures sketched in red on the bottom of the page, which takes up the entire window. In the middle, is an installation which mimics an office cubicle. Inside there is a desk with a computer and keyboard. In front of the desk is a chair. Behind the desk, on the wall is a red background with pieces of white paper in a four by four pattern. In the right window, is another enlarged paper with more red sketched out figures drawn over it. The words are hard to read, but the title of the page says "Between C and D."
Interior image of installation that resembles the interior of an office. On a black desk sits a computer desk top. Above features a shelving unit with books and other office supplies such as binders, folders. On the left wall is a red painting with a red background and abstract image of an animal outline. On the right is a window with black blinds, open for light to come in.
The three windows feature white backgrounds with black text poetry. Each poem is in three stanzas of three lines each.The first window states, "“God is like, BAYER ASPIRIN, He works miracles, God is like, COKE, He’s the real thing, God is like General Electric, He brings good things to life.” The middle window shows the following poem:  “God is like ALKA SELTZER, Try Him, you’ll like Him, God is like SCOTCH TAPE, You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there, God is like, ALLSTATE, You’re in good hands with Him.” The right window states “God is like, DIAL SOAP, Aren’t you glad you have Him? Don’t you wish everybody did? God is like, a Chevrolet, The heart beat of America, God is like Maxwell House, Good to the very last drop.”