To Build a House that Never Ceased: Writings, Interviews, and Letters on Art

Jared Pappas-Kelley

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Building on ideas of solvency in art from Solvent Form: Art and Destruction, this collection gathers many wide-ranging writings from Jared Pappas-Kelley developed over the years. Within a tradition of artist writers, it presents an opportunity to reflect and re-examine existing thoughts—bisecting and dissecting the metaphorical rooms of this writing, to see how it might collapse or build something new when placed alongside another. In that spirit, this collection of letters, writings on art, reflections, and interviews collected as To Build a House that Never Ceased offers a glimpse into the interiors, frameworks, and rooms within rooms of an artist and thinker attempting to make sense of a contemporary world. Like the processes of Sarah Winchester and Gordon Matta-Clark, with their own approaches to the spaces inhabited, this collection presents windows where before there were simply walls, slicing vantage across locales, calcifications, or almost-starts, having bricked over exits in the process of adding rooms within existing work. This slicing through and reordering reveals something more—a framework or architecture of an impulse. Seeing a stairway that led somewhere specific once: a room, actions, anxieties, trysts that could only happen in the microclimates of a particular time or day, cut across and somehow bleeding into all but matchlessly separate/spliced onto or akin. More-true somehow. Perhaps in this sense, writings like these inevitably wander a tension between a Winchester pulling down in order to construct and a Matta-Clark slicing through to show the unseen interiors and connections of the spaces we inhabit in an attempt to build a metaphorical house that never ceases.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSweat Drenched Press
Number of pages258
ISBN (Print)9798640872187
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2020


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