The nineteen short récits of Jean Fremon's new collection, The Real Life of Shadows, mainly concerns art and artists (Frémon is also the director of the famed Galerie Lelong in Paris, Zürich, and New York), but these poetic tales are less about the artists than the aesthetic issues behind their art. Moreover, there is a kind of comic lyricism to the whole which pulls each work away from a demonstration of the obvious erudition of the author to a playful encounter with the reader on the subject of aesthetics. Although it obviously enriches the experience of these tales, one doesn't necessarily need to know about the Japanese artist Hokusai, Dutch artist Mondrian, or French artist Yves Klein to joyfully share in the experience of these works.
1 I love you 2) bad daughter bad wife bad mother 3) It's hopeless 4) I miss you 5) bad woman
6) bad life 7) where is it all leading? 8) I love you 9) forgive me
She tears up the letter. She writes Not guilty. Pasting the letter back together with scotch tape, she writes, "10) Not guilty Not guilty Not guilty," putting the letter back in the drawer and locking it away.
Los Angeles, June 2, 2009