The press release that landed in my inbox this week for the group exhibit “Observer Effect,” up at UIC’s Gallery 400 through March 9, brought to mind a series of blog posts by former Reader managing editor and current contributor Jerome Ludwig. These posts ran under the title “Books I won’t review,” and consisted of hilariously misguided pitches.

Here’s Gallery 400’s opening paragraph:

Observer Effect examines how artworks incorporate processes akin to the scientific method as a means to examine and understand specific phenomena that exist in the world. Each artist’s idiosyncratic approach of observing and understanding his/her distinct subject matter reveals the artist’s own subjectivity through this process, and discloses how each artist, the observer, is part of what is being observed.