Solo Exhibit at Schumacher Gallery

MODERN MYTH MAKING

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November 08-December 12, 2014

Artist Talk
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 @ 10-11 AM

Schumacher Gallery
Westover School,
1237 Whittemore Rd,
Middlebury, CT 06762

This exhibit included a number of works as well as the 3 SISTERS: Part II- SustainABLE produced July 2014 at Elsewhere Living Museum in Greensboro, NC.
Shown works: 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth, Deveils Hopyard, Costas High Paradise [Alto Paraiso da Costa], Reverence

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VAGARIES OF THE COMMONS


curated by Sarah Fritchey
July 25 – September 13, 2014
Opening Reception on Friday, July 25 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm
A two-day conference on September 12 & 13 and a performance series will accompany the exhibition.

I have collaborated with Dr. Gary Aronsen Ph.D (Research Associate, Anthropology Laboratories at Yale University) in installing my 3 channel projection and sculptural pieces of Shrine of the Common & Undivided Land with his research addressing the bodies found under the Lincoln Oak Tree  after its fall on October 31, 2012 on the New Haven Green. This installation is divided between this exhibit and the one currently showing at the New Haven Museum in the Nothing is Set in Stone

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Artists and contributors include: Brad Armstrong, Ricardo Miranda and Brooke SingerLani Asuncion and Gary Aronsen; Mengyu ChenThe Elm City Dance CollectiveJason Friedes; Focus Lessness (Michael Romano and Milton Laüfer), Occupy New HavenPhil LiqueProject Storefronts;Scott Shuldt; and Under 91 Project. 
Projects that are a part of the exhibition include:

  • “I’m Open Come On In” by focuslessness, a daily take over of the Artspace sandwich board. View images from the project, here.
  • Artist Phil Lique is taking over the Artspace homepage each day, view the project here
  • The Excess Project presents a series of posters about excuses people give about not composting (designed by Jerome Harris) here.

The concept of “the commons” predates the feudal era in early Germanic and Roman settlements, where communal land ownership prevailed.  Originally, the concept referred to the public’s interest and right to access essential natural resources that are held in common and not owned privately, including land, water, animals and fish.  Gradually, as royalty and then a central government gained power, the notion of communal land ownership disappeared and the concept of “the commons” evolved.

This exhibition presents a group of artists, based in and around greater New Haven, who make works that operate within the penumbras and cracks of the legal systems that oversee its “commons”.  These grey zones are the flexible and the often vague environments from which the show’s title takes its inspiration.

The show identifies four specific sectors and human rights questions addressed by artists practicing in and around New Haven.  These include: the material commons (who has the right to order the build and name structures, homes, cities, maps?), the knowledge commons (who has access higher education, public libraries, the internet?), the aesthetic commons (who has the right to define and control image production?) and the affective commons (how are emotions policed and kept public/private?).  The essential question that each work asks is: who has the right to have a voice?

Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak & New Haven Green Exhibit

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Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green 

Opening at the New Haven Museum on April 30th @ 5:00-8:00 PM [Map Here]

The exhibit will be on view during April 30 – November 02, 2014  [Facebook Post]

Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green is a pairing of contemporary art and archaeological analysis featuring new works by:

Lani Asuncion
Susan Clinard
Erich Davis
Michael Quirk
Jeff Slomba
Rachael Vaters-Carr
Alison K. Walsh

In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the Lincoln Oak, revealing a partial human skeleton among the tree’s exposed roots, along with two buried time capsules, creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country.

For the artistic portion of this exhibit, the artists used branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discoveries found beneath it.

The exhibit also features the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of the bones and materials found beneath the tree. This includes displays of the time capsule contents, and the inquiries into the possible identities of the skeletal remains.

For more information please contact info(at)newhavenmuseum.org or Jason Bischoff-Wurstle at 203-562-4183 x 18

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I will be showing a new work created for this exhibit entitled Shrine of the Common & Undivided Lands which is a multi-media piece that incorporates a one-channel video Reverence and sculptural elements.

Shrine of the Common & Undivided Lands is a memorial tribute to the bones found coiled within the uprooted Lincoln Tree, and all the hundreds of other bodies buried under the Green. In the video Reverence, performers Kate Gonzales and Julie Riccio animate the branches of the tree with a ritual like dance. The cement sculptural base refers to the time capsules found under the tree with a portion of one that was casted into the bone remains of a child and his/her marble, and the ash is derived from the branches of the tree. The large bowl within the cement base is for collecting pennies left by visitors, to show respect and remembrance.

SCREENING: Australian International Experimental Film Festival

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Australian International Experimental Film Festival 2014

 

Of the Human Condition

Perth: 6pm, Saturday 3rd May
Replants, 96 Wray Avenue, Fremantle

Melbourne: 6pm, Saturday 17th May
Goodtime Studios, basement 746 Swanston Street, Melbourne
(hosted by Artist Film Workshop)

 

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PANIC ROOM (Hong Kong)
IP Yuk Yiu, 6 mins, DV, 2011

Buffalo Death Mask (Canada)
Mike Hoolboom, 25 mins, DV, 2014

Beside Herself  (USA)
Lani Asuncion, 1:30 mins, DV, 2010

Postlude (Aus)
Irene Proebsting, 3 mins, super-8, 2013

Human Body Battleground Organ Organism (USA)
Metrah Pashaee 9:30 mins, DV, 2013

The Blue Record (USA)
Jeremy Moss, 10:30 mins, DV, 2013

Beside Herself

My video Beside Herself , 1:30 min., 16 mm to miniDV will be screened in the Australian International Experimental Film Festival ’14 in the Of the Human Condition screeningThis piece was manually edited and in post, adjusting the 16mm projector to flip and go out of focus. The subject of the work points back to mortality and metal health illness.

 

17 International Open | Woman Made Gallery

The Woman Made Gallery opened the 17 International Open on March 07 representing about 34 women artists, exhibiting from March 07-April 17, 2014. Opening the day before Woman’s Day on March 07 @ 6-9 PM, Located @ 685 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60642 [Map]

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My video piece 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth will be screen throughout the exhibition. If you are in the Chicago area please check out the work, and I would love to hear your feedback.

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During the opening there was a performance We Are History by Asli Uludag in which she held up her sculptural piece made of steel, cast iron, cement, nickel silver, copper (12 x 40 x 20 inches). She remained in this venerable position for the duration of the exhibit. In timecode 00:17-00:29 min. a man sits in front of her, the dichotomy of Uludag and the viewer activates the tension of the piece in this public setting; note the other guy talking causally about his studio and art practice as this woman remains in this position.