artist statement


What happens when an importance is placed on what a thing does and not what it means? Rather, the work I do through bookmaking, performance, writing, sculpture, printmaking, and combinations of these and many more processes is interested in how the act, the doing, the being (especially of the improper and illegitimate kind) can convey new ways of seeing how meaning is constructed through the does. Objects which seem to have no purpose except to be are compared to one’s body. A lecture-performance reimagines what information is necessary to understanding. A book concerns itself with the things that make it a book. A bookshelf tries to be stairs. Watered down paint reveals. Binarity, simplicity, solidity, consistency, intelligibility are thrown out in favor of what happens in the middle, or as Fred Moten puts it, in the break between the ellipsis. 
CATACHRESIS /ˌkadəˈkrēsis/ -
noun
  1. the use of a word in a way that is not correct, for example, the use of mitigate for militate.

mid 16th century: from Latin, from Greek katakhrēsis, from katakhrēsthai ‘misuse,’ from kata- ‘down’ (expressing the sense ‘wrongly’) + khrēsthai ‘use.’

Jacques Derrida in his practice of deconstruction says CATACHRESIS is an original incompleteness of meaning; the possibility of reading a text “wrong” to proliferate meaning. As Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak states that this CATACHRESIS extends into masterwords such as woman and worker and is the basis for an open ended reading of the meanings which construct our world. This project I have begun in CATACHRESIS is a kind of publishing, a kind of printing press, a kind of distributor, but with no prerogative except to extend the ability and access I have to put things into the world to artists and writers who have something to say. A project in debt to what Stefano Harney and Fred Moten lay out in The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study in which they lay out the work of the subversive intellectual, the need to steal from the University. CATACHRESIS sets itself up to work with these artists and writers to help them put into the world the things which they thought would otherwise fester away in filing cabinets, sketchbooks, harddrives, and storage units. The work published has no limits, just as the book has no limits. If it cannot be printed in a book or book-adjacent form, then it is pointed to by the book form; I am sure someday soon CATACHRESIS will push past just the book format as well. First and foremost I wish to collaborate with passionate people and have conversations about what their work can do in the world, and make sure I do that justice. The world needs passionate people just as much as it needs new ideas, let us make sure that this work does not replicate, but push past that world we already live in.

POLITICAL MIS-READ[INGS] SUBMISSIONS PAGE AND INFO HERE


submissions always accepted,
there are no guidelines for the content that can be submitted except that it be able to be at least pointed to by a book/zine/poster. if the submission is accepted then I will design and contruct a book/zine/poster of the content in conversation with you.
email any content you want considered to catachresis.catachresis@gmail.com
BIO

Evan Fusco is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to challenge definitive notions of subjecthood through a reworking of pressuposed modes of being and looking. They have shown work in varying contexts such as in student shows, digital spaces, zine fairs, and independent art spaces. They were one of the recipients of the first year of the Creativity Works grant at the Cleveland Institute of Art. They have performed in multiple SKNDLSS runway performance shows, curated a small number of group exhibitions, and have self published multiple poetry books. Recently they were in a two person show with Elise Parisian at Apparatus Projects in Chicago, IL. They are currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Recently they tabled at the Chicago Art Book Fair and their work is currently being shown among other artists in (dis)comfort zones Underrepresentation and Invisibility in the Institution: An Art Exhibition and Symposium at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

On Latham Zearfoss

CIA Grad Evan Fusco Opens Empathetic Solo Show For One Night Only