Exhibition: Im/Permanence

I will be presenting photographic, video, and performance work in the exhibition Im/Permanence at eyedrum’s new space in the FUSE Arts Center located in the historic M Rich Building this upcoming Friday. It’s eyedrum’s first gallery show in a while in a new space and there are also going to be other music/sound performances, so be sure to come and check it out! 
 
6pm – 10pm
Performance: 8pm
115 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, GA
Artist Statement:
 
We are inheritors of the past–our own past, others’ past: their language, their thoughts. Works presented inIm/Permanence, including his/my/your app/rehension/erception/ropriation #1 and #2 (2011), he (the poet) marks me (2011), and ray welcomes again (2012-13), explore meaning veiled in processes of succession, of coming after an other. Three mediums – photography, video, and audio with performance – express distance felt and imagined in the process of inheriting. Together, the works constitute a visual, auditory, and physical examination into remainders: remnants that are allowed to remain, remnants that dissipate. These remainders, or reminders, render us acutely aware of what disappeared and our propagation from our past into the present moment. However, the relationship between the residue of the past and the act of its dissipation draws up an essential fear that situates us at the threshold of disappearance and the unknown. Attention to dissipation indicates an anxiety about forgetting and an attempt to grasp firmly onto a presentist notion of our self. As an assemblage, all works cast unforeseen modes of navigation and perception of space in the physical present, causing us to question: from what present point does inheritance take hold?
 
eyedrum Exhibition Statement:
Im/Permanence is a concrete human challenge, but it is also a conceptual, social and personal component of what it means to be a living organism, by definition continuously both in flux and in stasis. Eyedrum’s Im/Permanence program of events offers artists opportunities to engage in conversation about the symbols, artistic and linguistic, that illuminate this conflict. How do we talk about it with ourselves and with others? Is it possible to connect with and convey experiences of permanence and impermanence directly, without communicative symbols? Is death actually a grin reaper, and are we just too nervous to notice? In what ways do change and intransience bind us to time and/or free us from it? How do we engage, resist, disclose, discount, accept, recoil from the im/permanence that defines and dominates nearly every aspect of our reality?

Images from Symptoms Variable!

Here are a few images from the exhibition!

My piece one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one make a hundred affections (afflictions), 2011

Here’s the video:

Opening this weekend!: Symptoms Variable

I am in a show opening this weekend! The show, Symptoms Variable, opens this Friday (May 6th) at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in Pilsen: 6-9pm, 2130  W 21st Street (near the Damen stop on the pink line).

Description of show:

Eight artists expose and confront the symptoms of social phenomena in a thoroughly interdisciplinary exhibition, combining digital and craft works with graphic design and interaction. Symptoms, a vague term meaning simply “signs of evidence of phenomena,” is used to describe critical situations in medicine, politics, and economics. Variable symptoms occur sporadically, confusing diagnoses and complicating interventions. Symptoms in the exhibition indicate problems of taste, identity, economics, and culture, treatable through three imaginary medications:

AccumulofetishixTM: Manages anxiety associated with advertising immersion and hyperbolic growth. Images and merchandise form an adhesive bond upon contact with computer paint tools, subcultural icons, high school yearbooks to corporate logos.

BodaceptTM: Heals the hard to define space between the self and the other in physical space and psychological experience. Site-specific installations and projections interact with architecture and large jacquard weavings to invade and control the human body in both unusual and everyday experiences.

PlacebexTM: The Placebo category recontextualizes everyday interactions with ambient noise and decoration through interactive pieces using sound, gravel, pottery, and macaroni and cheese.

The artists are members of the 2011 Master of Arts of Visual and Critical Studies class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and will present their thesis research in a symposium on May 12 from 6-9 pm.

Participating artists include: Sara Clugage, Christine Elliot, T. Brandon Evans, Meredith Kooi, Lauren A. Ross, L.C. Parker, Jeremy Shedd, and Dustin Yager.

Artists websites: www.meredithkooi.us, cargocollective.com/laurenaross, and www.ceramicsandtheory.com

Roxaboxen Exhibitions is an artist-run gallery and performance space in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. www.roxaboxenminicastle.com