Steve Reinke’s book The Shimmering Beast is out now. Join us for an evening of readings and screenings (which will include a sneak preview of a work in progress), and a celebration with snacks and refreshments. Copies of The Shimmering Beast will be available for sale and Reinke will be on hand to sign copies.
Collected in The Shimmering Beast are Reinke's best recent prose pieces. Hybrids of criticism, fiction, and personal essay, these pieces all engage—by pillaging, honoring, scrutinizing, cannibalizing—another's work: the films of Frank Cole, the videos of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, the photos of Doug Ischar, the writings of Dr. Paul Brouardel, and the psychoanalysis of Melanie Klein, to name just a few. Funny, absurd, and tartly poignant, these texts document the process and reach of a truly artistic mind.
Co-published by Gallery 400, Coach House Books, and White Walls, The Shimmering Beast accompanies The Tiny Ventriloquist—Reinke’s 2010 exhibition at Gallery 400, which featured a suite of videos commissioned by Gallery 400, as well as works in various other media and Reinke’s collaborations with artists Dani Leventhal, John Marriott, Jessie Mott, and James Richards.