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Ann and I went to the Met today to scope out some of the old luminist paint renditions of the american landscape, lots of little indians and animals and things.
Thinking about the tradition of the almost dispossessed moving into new territories, how that relates to art images, cinema, and how those images effect our understanding of the history of us moving around trying to relate to the always evolving capitalist state.
Reading “learning from las vegas”
★Opening Reception: Monday, May 7 | 4–6 PM.
Come see the high resolution version of bierstadt.gif installed in the new Neiman Center!
Featuring the works of Mika Horibuchi, Ben Regozin, Ben Thorp Brown, Daniel Davidowitz, and Jeremiah Jones.
LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery | May 7–25
Fiction is a system that can expose the reality of a subject, sometimes shaping our understanding in an even more actualized form than documentary allows. The works included in the inaugural two-part exhibition, which will take place consecutively in the new LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, Act I: Absence Makes It Real and Act II: Fiction Brings It Closer, testify to this possibility through pieces that examine the relationship between artificial narratives and the hyper-reality of their material context.
Through both a re-creation and an absence of the factual, the pieces included in Act I: Absence Makes It Real, may bring us to a realization that is closer to the subject at hand. By reframing, distorting scale, or removing facts, these artists have highlighted how negligent our eyes have become at recognizing the mediation inherent within the worldly systems they employ. This staging generates an awareness that allows us to move beyond the physicality of the work to expose the original reference. Charged with the theatrical potentials of prop, the pieces in both Acts I and II of this exhibition allow for a reciprocal relationship with the viewer’s presence.
Back when Kinko’s had the keycards which were easy to reset to zero, I used to write little one sheet poems and texts to pass out to interesting people on the street. After they started charging for copies I stopped being my own one on one distro, and therefore I pretty much stopped sharing my writing. Focusing on using film and video to distribute the ideas that way. But since I’m studying at the School of The Art Institute, I have to share process.
Or find me on the street before I run out.
The work Bierstadt1.gif references the work of painter Albert Bierstadt who was
an outspoken promoter of the notion of Manifest Destiny, he created heavily
constructed landscape paintings of the American west, I created this work by
animating movement into a Bierstadt painting and then compositing several
video files into the image. The image is a looping set of 125 frames made to
playback in the heavily dithered and pixilated web format of a .GIF file
The full-sized version of this gif is going to be installed on a monitor in the new Neiman Center at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago!
I made this big angry protest puppet which is currently hanging out at the Seeds of Peace bus on Milwaukee ave. I’ll be marching around Chicago with it during the NATO summit, but we already had the entertaining experience of walking it three miles through the city out of a protest context. The puppet was very interesting to a lot of tourists, and it even got to assist a young man in asking a girl to prom.
Hopefully during the protest we can have more romantic encounters.