Opening Reception Saturday May 12th 6:00 to 8:00pm
The work in this exhibition is a selection of interesting studies in the vernacular of video. Here is a summary of the work shown this month.
Stefan Riebel’s “untitled” series asks us to question the event and the object, beyond technology what do we have? Is the screen itself the subject? The extensive series has the effect of channeling the obvious and making it complicated. Experimentation in the Palindrome/infinity trope is present in the work of Claire Krueger. The work is intended to emulate the experience of an eternal cycle. The visualization of such infinite loops have the unique characteristic of being able to question systems and mechanics present in daily life, resulting in the contemplation of our own experiences within the systems themselves. “Drone” by Coalfather industries artists Craig Newsom and Kara Jansson addresses issues inherent in surrogate realities such as video games and social media, but can also be interpreted as a critique on surveillance and perhaps even the hyper-real. Ana Mendes, “purification” video can be described as a documentation of action and consequence. The video allows the viewer to interpret the very act of cleaning a church to represent the “meaning” behind the act, to purify the symbol of purity itself. Katie Bushes “Seeking to Destroy Families & Faith” is an upfront, unequivocal, no nonsense approach to etching our brains with the idea of a universal cultural and social battle front. Katie reminds us that there is no use in pretending to ignore the hypocritical stances being taken in social and moral issues motivated by politic. Jorge Catoni takes time to study and intervention between us and the mediated environment. Erika Heffernan takes the idea of instruction and is able to shift the viewer to focus on performance and test environments, one eventually questions their own ability to be instructed at all. Finally the dessert is served by Justin Plakas a ten second video that melts away before you can even taste it, such is the life of perpetual want out here in the desert.
The work in this exhibit presents different strategies that attend to current and contemporary issues, theories and tropes. Its relevance (to “todays matters”) is evidence of the cultural and social enrichment that contemporary art is capable of providing. I hope that you can attend the opening reception.
The reception will also feature dark chocolates, and refreshments, wine and beer will be available at the Beat Coffee Shop.
David Sanchez Burr