November 2, 2020
Paulina O?owska, Alphabet, 2005
Some motivation to get moving this Monday morning, courtesy of Alphabet, a 2005 performance by the multidisciplinary Polish artist Paulina O?owska. Dressed in a red dress and blue tights (perhaps a nod to the Blue Stockings Society, the women’s social and educational movement in eighteenth century England), the artist contorted her body into twenty-six shapes, “forgetting conventional forms to construct a new system of meaning”?(Simon Lee Gallery). Each shape was photographed and presented in a grid in homage to the Czech designer Karel Teige’s 1926 typographic book, ABECEDA.