Tauba Auerbach, All True #1
Silkscreen, inkjet print, tape, and paper
4.25 x 4.25 x .5 inches
10.8 x 10.8 x 1.3 cm

Tauba Auerbach’s work reenacts, in one way or another, the everyday magic of cognition, the miracle of mind and eye in concert, transforming what we see into what we know. Auerbach sets in motion a delightful, punning circularity with clinical economy. Throughout her canny work, Auerbach illustrates how visually pliable language can be, and also how malleable its meaning. All True #1 is a small, accordion-fold book. It’s an experiment, the artist writes, “with using language to cheat itself.” The book begins with the word “yes,” with one of its near synonyms, “consent,” on the facing page. “Consent” is then paired with one of its synonyms, “permission.” The pairs of equivalent words continue, one small step at a time, until you reach the final word, “no,” which follows logically and yet comes as a shock. “Yes” has changed into “no” before our eyes--a feat both provocative and revelatory.


+ home printer + tape