Ron Weis: Million Dots (with Colin Robinson)
Wednesday March 18: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
This event is free to attend. If you would like to preorder a copy of Million Dots you may do so here.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
We live in an age of numbers on a scale beyond conception. There are eight billion human beings on the planet, nine million in New York City alone. Twelve million millionaires inhabit the US, with 43 million living in poverty. Grappling with such scale is daunting and overwhelming.
This is where Million Dots comes in. Its pages, filled over and over with precise geometric arrays of black dots, help us grasp the scale of a number that is both commonplace and unimaginable. But while Million Dots serves as a vital conceptual tool, an intriguing plaything and a welcome gift, it is also a work of art, an embodiment of the view of its creator, American artist Ron Weis (born 1947), that “If you experience something and can’t find a category in which to comfortably place it, it’s probably art."
Join us in the 2nd floor Art Department for a discussion about Million Dots and Ron Weis and Colin Robinson.
Ron Weis is an artist who lives and works in New York City. OK Harris Gallery represented him for 25 years until it closed in 2014. He has since been represented by Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghampton, NY, and his work is shown in the U.S. and Europe.
Colin Robinson worked as a senior editor at Scribner and was previously managing director of Verso Books and publisher of The New Press. Among the authors he has published are Tariq Ali, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, Mike Davis, Norman Finkelstein, Eduardo Galeano, Eric Hobsbawm, Lewis Lapham, Mike Marqusee, Rigoberta Menchú, Matt Taibbi and Jann Wenner. He has written for publications including The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Sunday Times (London) and The Guardian (London), and has appeared on broadcast media including NPR (“On the Media”), CNN, MSNBC, CBC and CSPAN.