Seated at an iteration of Longs Bouvard and Pécuchets Invented Desk For Copying, a series of desk-sculptures pulled from the unfinished pages of Gustave Flauberts incomplete last novel, the two artists intend eventually to illustrate every entry in Flauberts posthumously published satirical dictionary a text that contains 950 biting and surprisingly contemporary entries. They compile their collected illustrations in an on-going series of bookworks titled The Illustrated Dictionary of Received Ideas.
Long and Sullivan have worked on the Dictionary through more than 18 illustrating sessions to date, which have included public drawing sessions at Printed Matter, MoMA PS1, Smack Mellon, Kate Werble Gallery, and the Bloomberg Building in New York; Mercer Union, Art Metropole, and Jessica Bradley Art + Projects in Toronto; READ Books at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver; The Musée juste pour rire in Montreal; Flat Time House in London, England; and Shandy Hall in Coxwold, England.
The artists will be drawing in the WIELS Bookshop on Sunday. Come discover their reinterpretations of Flaubert's dictionnary in live!