Preteen is pleased to present 'The Book I read was in your eyes the meth I smoked was in your purse', a solo show by artist Jeff Zilm.
Language stems from the utter anguish of speech and the dead air of the letter. Instead of decoding the unconscious with regard to the signifier, Jeff Zilm relies on the concept of clearance to theorize the opposition between conscious and unconscious in terms of difference and of the indivisible sign. clearance is the moment of passage between one neuron and another when excitation succeeds in diminishing resistance to the extent that excitation fixes upon a cleared path instead of collapsing into quantum molecular disentanglement.
Zilm's work evokes an invention that anticipated the computer era, the magic slate: a gauzy, wax-covered plank bound on one edge to, and covered by, a sheet of celluloid on which one can make an incision and then erase the mark. The slate preserves an invisible mark while retaining the unspoiled blank space of the writing surface. Zilm equals this magic slate with the architecture of psychosis; foreclosure is subject to incision without inscription and to inscription concurrent with erasure. The layer of celluloid denotes the preconscious apparatus; the wax-covered board denotes the unconscious apparatus.
Beginning from the concepts of clearance and the magic slate, Zilm demonstrates that the structure of psychotic contraptions can be epitomized as a writing device, a metaphor that could illuminate the idea of the incision. the unconscious is a substance of hieroglyphic inscription that, through the model of difference, reestablishes a trace anterior to dialogic speech events of which historical derivation is contingent on disappearance.
Zilm seeks to displace the philosophical discourse towards text, even if this implies obliterating the boundary between consciousness and brain death. He pleads for detection of the deceit, obscurity and diffusion of sense in order to counter the expansionism of absolute interpretation. Consequently, to conceive of the freudian unconscious in terms of a mythography makes it feasible to recognize a viewpoint of the incision without a subject, or of writing without consciousness.
Jeff Zilm has shown his Paintings and Videos in Museums and Galleries in Texas and New York, including The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Angstrom Gallery, Dallas; The Dallas Museum of Art; Texas Gallery, Houston; The Jewish Museum, Pat Hearn Gallery and ET AL PROJECTS in New York; The Chinati Foundation, Marfa; Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas; and others. Jeff Zilm is an active writer and book producer. His work has been published by Semiotext(E); he recently published 'A NULL MODEL', a compilation of keystroke drawings from The 1990'S. Jeff Zilm lives and works in Dallas, Texas.