Artist-in-residence: Tim Youd

February 6 - February 23

Overview

Tim Youd, "Retyping 100 Novels"
Tim Youd, "Retyping 100 Novels"
Tim Youd, "Retyping 100 Novels"
Los Angeles-based artist Tim Youd has undertaken a project of retyping 100 classic novels, staging his performances at locations relevant to the author’s life or the plot of a novel. The project began in 2013 and continued in Kansas City for novels #30 and #31. 
 
From February 6 to February 23, Youd retyped the acclaimed novels Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, written by Evan S. Connell and set in Kansas City in the years between the World Wars.
 
For Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, Youd used the same make and model typewriter used by the author, an Olympia SM3, to retype each novel, a total of about 640 pages, on a single page of paper, backed by a second sheet. As the doubled page is cycled through the carriage again and again, the novel is rendered illegible. Upon completion, the two pages – a positive and a negative image – form a diptych, representing two pages of an open book.
 
To date, Youd has retyped 28 novels by noted authors including Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner, and Philip K. Dick, in locations that include Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Miami, San Diego, Oxford, MS, Pigget, AR, Dublin, and now Kansas City.
 
Evan S. Connell, Jr. (1924-2013) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City in 1941. The pair of novels were adapted for the 1990 film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and shot in Kansas City.
 
Tim Youd: Mrs. Bridge & Mr. Bridge is organized by the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. Mr. Youd was in residence at the Artspace from February 6 through 14, working on Mrs. Bridge (1959), and at the Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library February 17 through 23, working on Mr. Bridge (1969).

Events

Press

Press Release

Tim Youd Retyping 100 Novels: Evan S. Connell’s Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge February 6 – 23, 2015
Fri, 2015-02-06

Los Angeles-based artist Tim Youd has undertaken a project of retyping 100 classic novels, staging his performances at locations relevant to the author’s life or the plot of a novel. The project began in 2013 and will continue in Kansas City for novels #30 and #31. 

Selected Press

Kansas City Star |
Sun, 2015-02-15

The rhythmic tap-tap-tap from a manual typewriter reverberated across the galleries of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute on Tuesday afternoon.

KSHB 41 Kansas City |
Wed, 2015-02-11

It's art. It's a performance. And for Tim Youd, it's also his passion.

KC Star |
Tue, 2015-02-10

Tim Youd, a performance artist based in Los Angeles, is currently working on his art at the H&R Bloch Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, using a vintage typewriter to create his interpretation of author Evan S. Connell's Kansas City-based novels, "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge."

KCUR | Mon, 2015-02-09 |
Mon, 2015-02-09

Los Angeles based performance and visual artist Tim Youd has taken up residence in Kansas City for the next three weeks to re-type two novels set in the city.