This event will take place at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.
Join us on Thursday, November 16 at 7pm PT when Jody Servon and Lorene Delany-Ullman join us to celebrate their book, Saved: Objects of the Dead, at 9th Ave!
Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
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Saved: Objects of the Dead is a photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory by NC-based artist Jody Servon and CA-based poet Lorene Delany-Ullman. In this monograph featuring over forty photographs and prose poems, Servon and Delany-Ullman chronicle the lives, deaths, and relationships of individuals whose objects are imbued with their emotional and physical senses, then saved by loved ones and friends as an affirmation of their lives.
The work engages readers' collective and individual memories through everyday objects, such as a star ornament and a worn matchbook. Individually photographed on a white background, with close attention to the wear apparent on its surface, each object embodies a unique presence and biography. The prose evokes the relationships, experiences, and memories between the objects of the dead, the relatives and friends who saved them, and the deceased. Based on interviews with the object owners, the interviewee's language is directly incorporated into the prose, as language also contains the power to mediate loss. Saved is a mixture of object, ethnography, and language combined with a sense of personal intimacy that addresses our human mortality.
The book also includes "Mattering," an essay by Cora Fisher, Curator of Visual Arts Programming at the Brooklyn Public Library, and micro-essays with photographs by five artists/authors: Sonya Clark, Alex Espinoza, Erika Hayasaki, Swati Khurana, and Leslie Gray Streeter.
About the Artist and Author
Jody Servon creates collaborative and socially engaged projects encouraging public interaction and personal exploration. Her projects have been included in museum and gallery exhibitions and public projects in North America, Europe and China. Servon’s writing and/or art have been featured in New American Paintings, Emergency Index, Kakalak, and Artful Dodge. Her collaborative work with Lorene Delany-Ullman has been published in AGNI, Tupelo Quarterly, Palaver, Lunch Ticket, and Tarpaulin Sky. Reviews and articles on her projects have been in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, Arizona Daily Star, Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine’s Money.com. Servon received an MFA in New Genre from The University of Arizona and a BFA in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Currently, she is a professor and coordinator of the art management program at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Lorene Delany-Ullman’s book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, won the 2011 Sentence Award and was published by Firewheel Editions (December 2012). Her poems have been included in the anthologies: Orange County, A Literary Field Guide (Heyday Books, 2017), Bared (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2017), Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009) and Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007). She recently published her poetry in Citric Acid, Zócalo Public Square, and TAB: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics. Delany-Ullman received an MFA in English (Poetry) from the University of California, Irvine. She is a Lecturer in UC Irvine’s Department of English and teaches composition.
Saved: Objects of the Dead is an exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory by artist Jody Servon and author Lorene Delany-Ullman. This monograph of photographs and prose chronicles the relationships of individuals whose objects are saved by loved ones and friends as affirmations of their lives.