Harry Dodge will be reading from his forthcoming book, MY METEORITE or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing (Penguin Press, 2020), at Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, June 19th, 7pm

Callicoon Fine Arts presents a reading by Harry Dodge from his forthcoming book MY METEORITE or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing. This odd, expansive, and radiant work of nonfiction is loosely structured around a series of formative coincidences in Dodge’s life many of which have to do with his birth family who he discovered in 2003, and the notion of a parallel life, the place where “what might have been” collides with “what was, is, or could be.” The titular meteorite is key: Dodge bought his meteorite—part of a larger family of iron fragments known as the Campo del Cielo meteorites—on eBay in 2016. For Dodge, a deep materialist, its presence reinforces the idea that the universe possesses ineffable power to shape our actions in ways we cannot fully know. 

MY METEORITE is interested in the question of what it takes to love something or deem something’s existence valuable. The book reckons with the roiling, ongoing questions of what constitutes a bond (social, chemical, or otherwise), the conditions for love, and the difficulties of ascertaining (not to mention fulfilling) love’s duties (be they social, filial, artistic).

Dodge will read for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A and a closing reception. 

Harry Dodge holds an MFA from Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College, and is permanent faculty and Co-Director of the Program of Art, School of Art at California Institute of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Works of Love (JOAN, Los Angeles, 2018; travelled to Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, 2019); Mysterious Fires (Grand Army Collective, Brooklyn, 2017); The Inner Reality of Ultra-Intelligent Life (Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, 2016); The Cybernetic Fold (Wallspace, New York, 2015); and Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut, 2013). Recent group exhibitions include the New Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (2018); Selections from the Permanent Collection (2017) at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA); Living Apart Together: Selections from the Collection (2017) at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Hammer Museum’s 2014 Biennial, Made in L.A.. In 2017 Dodge was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. 

For additional information contact Lynn Maliszewski at lynn@callicoonfinearts.com, or call 212-219-0326.  

posted 6.8.19