Spaces Corners at ICP Museum invites you to a reading event and book signing with Image Text Ithaca. Readings will begin promptly at 7 PM.


Founded on the premise that the sustained interaction of writers and photographers can produce an expanded horizon for printed and time-based works, Image Text Ithaca at Ithaca College offers an MFA program, a summer workshop and symposium and the publications of the Image Text Ithaca Press. Please join us for an evening of informal readings by recent fellows from the Image Text Ithaca workshop and symposium—Lucas Blalock and Andre Bradley—followed by signings of two recent publications of the ITI Press: Andre Bradley's Dark Archives and John Keene and Nicholas Muellner's Grind.

Lucas Blalock, Brooklyn-based photographer and writer, will read from the texts that frequently accompany his photographic projects. These, often very short written pieces, share something of the character of Blalock's visual works.

Dark Archives by Andre Bradley is a provocative exploration of one black man’s memories of childhood. An autobiography in fragments, Dark Archives interweaves Bradley’s writing and photographs with pictures from his family archive. Part story, part lyrical investigation, Dark Archives aims to upset the linguistic and visual constrictions placed on black males.

Shockingly revealing selfies, fanciful relationship criteria, and up-front sexual queries on social media apps and websites provide the foundation for the visual and textual conversation of Grind, an art-text collaboration between poet John Keene and photographer Nicholas Muellner. Mixing found texts and curated photos, Grind's authors explore contemporary queer dating sites’ distinctive and sometimes absurd combination of anonymity and candor, caginess and vulnerability, and sincerity and humor.

Visit Spaces Corners to preorder a signed copy of Dark Archives or Grind.


Lucas Blalock is a photographer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his pictures at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery amongst others. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Ramiken Crucible (New York), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Briussels) and White Flag Projects (St. Louis). Blalock has also published a number of artist books; most recently, Inside the White Cub (Peradam / Ramiken, 2014) and SPBH Subscription Series VII (SPBH, 2014). A new book project called Making Memeries, also published by SPBH, will be available later this month.

Andre Bradley, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Bradley is a graduate of Hampshire College (2012) and received his Master’s of Fine Art in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design (2015) Bradley has completed residencies and fellowships at Hampshire College, Image Text Ithaca, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions, 1995); the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006), an art-text collaboration with artist Christopher Stackhouse; and the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015). His translation of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books) appeared in 2014. An artist as well, he has exhibited his work in New York and Berlin, and teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.

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