Artist Tim Youd brings 100 Novels project to Savannah, Milledgeville
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Andalusia Farm and the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home present a two-week residency by artist Tim Youd Feb. 21-March 6.
Youd is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist who has undertaken the project of retyping 100 classic novels. He stages each performance in a place charged with literary significance specific to each novel. He will be retyping O’Connor’s “Wise Blood” at Andalusia Farm Feb. 21-26 before moving on to a residency at SCAD where he will retype “The Violent Bear It Away” Feb. 29-March 4 and Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home March 5-6.
His performances at Andalusia Farm are open to the public Feb. 21 and 25-26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home March 5-6, 1-4 p.m. His lecture at SCAD, “A painting is not a picture,” will be held March 2 at 5 p.m., Arnold Hall, 1810 Abercorn St., and is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the Art of the Mind lecture series sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts.
“We are thrilled to host Tim here at the farm,” said Elizabeth Wylie, executive director of The Flannery O’Connor – Andalusia Foundation. “It will be a pleasure to have the house filled with the sounds of typing, just as it was when Flannery lived here.”
"This will be a one-of-a-kind event here at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home and we are very excited to have Tim here sharing his art with us,” said Jared Hall, managing director of the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home.
“As Tim creates multimedia work involving performance, text and fine art, he is the perfect person to speak and perform at SCAD where we celebrate connections among all kinds of art and help students learn to collaborate effectively for their careers,” said Beth Concepción, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at SCAD.
Youd’s projects have taken him all over the world where he retypes literary works using the same make and model of typewriter used by the original author. During his “performances,” Youd retypes each novel onto a single sheet of paper, backed by a second sheet. After he completely retypes the novel on these pages, he mounts the result as a diptych and also constructs a sculpture replica of the typewriter he used. Youd will use a Royal P typewriter to retype “Wise Blood” and “The Violent Bear It Away,” his 45th and 46th novels of the 100 Novels project.
Youd will be available for interviews at all three locations.
About the Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation
The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, preservation and appreciation of Andalusia Farm, the final home of Flannery O'Connor, and to perpetuate her place in the roster of great writers of the 20th Century. The 500+-acre farm is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. For more information, visit andalusiafarm.org.
About the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home is one of the few museum houses in the country that is restored to the Depression era. The guided tour reveals the quiet domestic life of the young Mary Flannery and her family. Guests can wander in the garden where a 6-year-old O’Connor famously taught a chicken to walk backward. The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home also offers a variety of free events throughout the year, including free Sunday lecture series and the annual Ursrey Memorial Lecture. The museum house is open 1-4 p.m., Friday through Wednesday. For more information, visit flanneryoconnorhome.org.
SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution offering more than 100 academic degree programs in 42 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning. SCAD enrolls more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners.
In 2015, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top four universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni placement rate. In a survey of Spring 2014 SCAD graduates, 97 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education for both within 10 months of graduation.
For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.
SCAD, director of university communications