Renee Gladman is an artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of writing, drawing and architecture. She is the author of fourteen published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013) and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—all published by Dorothy, as well as three collections of drawings. Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Architectural Review, POETRYThe Paris ReviewThe Yale Review, and e-flux, in addition to several artist monographs and exhibition catalogs. Gladman’s first solo exhibition of drawings, The Dreams of Sentences, opened in fall 2022 at Wesleyan University, followed by Narratives of Magnitude at Artists Space in New York City in spring 2023. She has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies from the Menil Drawing Institute, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, among others, and received a Windham-Campbell prize in fiction in 2021. She makes her home in New England.

pages: 82

format: paperback original

isbn: 978-1-948980-25-8

publication date: 9/3/2024

To After That (TOAF)

Renee Gladman


“Gladman manages to achieve an impossible balance between the intellectual rigor of an academic, the linguistic sensibility of a poet, and the probing logical fantasy of a visual artist.” Trevor Ketner, Kenyon Review

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Originally published in 2008 in the groundbreaking Atelos series, To After That (TOAF) introduced a new kind of writing—somewhere between criticism and memoir and philosophy—that Renee Gladman has continued to explore in books like Calamities and My Lesbian Novel. TOAF is a recuperative song, an effort to give space and life to an abandoned project, but it is also, itself, a beautiful meditation on process and distance and duration, and a reminder that time is the subject of any writing.

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“Reading Gladman, I sometimes feel I’m watching a mastermind manipulate a Rubik’s Cube, except the goal isn’t to solve it but to present every possible arrangement.” Ben PurkertThe Rumpus

“Renee Gladman has always struck me as being a dreamer—she writes that way and the dreaming seems to construct the architecture of the world unfolding before our reading eyes.” Eileen Myles

“Gladman pushes up against the boundaries of narrative while nestling comfortably within it. Her prose is vivid, meandering, and acute.” Publishers Weekly

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Renee Gladman is an artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of writing, drawing and architecture. She is the author of fourteen published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013) and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—all published by Dorothy, as well as three collections of drawings. Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Architectural Review, POETRYThe Paris ReviewThe Yale Review, and e-flux, in addition to several artist monographs and exhibition catalogs. Gladman’s first solo exhibition of drawings, The Dreams of Sentences, opened in fall 2022 at Wesleyan University, followed by Narratives of Magnitude at Artists Space in New York City in spring 2023. She has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies from the Menil Drawing Institute, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, among others, and received a Windham-Campbell prize in fiction in 2021. She makes her home in New England.

pages: 82

format: paperback original

isbn: 978-1-948980-25-8

publication date: 9/3/2024

 

cover art:

Christine Ay Tjoe
Not too far (detail), 2018
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 70 7/8 in. (200 x 180 cm)
© the artist. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

Christine Ay Tjoe was born in 1973 in Bandung, where she continues to live and work. She is one of the most acclaimed artists in Indonesia and known for her intricate layered paintings and thought-provoking installations. Ay Tjoe’s works have been widely exhibited at museums across the world, including: solo shows at SongEun Art Space, Soul (2015), Third Floor Hermès, Singapore (2011), and groups shows at Singapore Art Museum (2012) and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2012). Learn more about her at her gallery.