Gareth Long - Literary Asses: A Prologue

Literary Asses: A Prologue (Lucius, Lucian, Lucius)
&
Literary Asses: Lucius from Apulieus' The Golden Ass or the Metamorphoses

Both 2012
UV inkjet print on aluminum /
Gold foil stamp on paper
47 x 35" /
10.25 x 7.8"

Literary Asses is an ongoing series of interlinked works referencing donkeys as found in various texts by Aesop, Lucian, Apuleius, Cervantes, Orwell, Stevenson (and others).
A motif consistent throughout literary history, from classical Greek texts to contemporary fiction, the 'literary ass' could be seen to convey themes not unfamiliar within the sphere of artistic production, such as amateurism, knowledge, ignorance, wisdom, labor, laziness, transformation and mimicry.
To date, Literary Asses consists of paperback-sized drawings copied by the artist from illustrations found in his own library of books and executed in gold foil stamping; a theatrical production of the same name, featuring many of the same characters and a prologue introducing the three main characters in the play, printed on aluminum.

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Lucius from Apuleius' The Golden Ass or The Metamorphoses

Literary Asses: Lucius from Apuleius' The Golden Ass or The Metamorphoses

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Lucius from Apuleius' The Golden Ass or The Metamorphoses

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Prologue

Prologue of Literary Asses

Read the prologue of Literary Asses on Triple Canopy's website

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - Drawings at TORRI

Literary Asses: Dramatis Personae

Installation view at TORRI, Paris

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Installation views at TORRI, Paris

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Literary Asses: A Prologue (Lucius, Lucian, Lucius)

2012
UV inkjet print on aluminum
47 x 35"

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses)

2012
Acrylic ink on paper, pencil on paper
Dimensions variable

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses) - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses) - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses) - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses) - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses) - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long & Kate O'Connor
Literary Asses: Parados - (Philostratus, Aesop & Asses) - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Literary Asses: Agon - (Munari & Midas)

2012
Six aluminum leaves, nylon, spray paint
Dimensions variable

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Literary Asses: Parabasis

2012
Found poster, set of books
Dimensions variable

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Literary Asses: Parabasis - Details

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Literary Asses: Exodos (Screen/Periaktos)

2012
Plywood, paint, casters, hinges
68 x 48 x 10"

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses - at TORRI

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Dionysus' Donkey from Aristophanes' The Frogs

Literary Asses: Dionysus' Donkey from Aristophanes' The Frogs

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: The Ass in The Ass and the Lyre from Phaedrus' Fables

Literary Asses: The Ass in The Ass and the Lyre from Phaedrus' Fables

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Bottom from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Literary Asses: Bottom from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Dapple from Cervantes' Don Quixote

Literary Asses: Dapple from Cervantes' Don Quixote

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: The Ass in The Old Man and the Ass from La Fontaine's Fables

Literary Asses: The Ass in The Old Man and the Ass from La Fontaine's Fables

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Peau d'Âne from Perrault's Peau d'Âne

Literary Asses: Peau d'Âne from Perrault's Peau d'Âne

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Pinocchio from Collodi's Pinocchio

Literary Asses: Pinocchio from Collodi's Pinocchio

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Modestine (and Stevenson) from Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Literary Asses: Modestine (and Stevenson) from Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper

Gareth Long - Literary Asses: Benjamin from Orwell's Animal Farm

Literary Asses: Benjamin from Orwell's Animal Farm

2012
10.25 × 7.8"
Gold foil stamp on paper