States of Democracy and Borderstasis by Guillermo Gómez-Peña

video still image curtesy of Kelley O’Brien: Liberty is the freedom to do exactly what you’ve been doing 

States of Democracy 

and Borderstasis by Guillermo Gómez-Peña 

Exhibit Dates January 23 to February 20, 2020

Opening Reception Thursday January 23 at 7:30pm 

Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries 

Durand Art Institute
Lake Forest College

555 North Sheridan Road

847 735 5181

Contact David Sanchez Burr 

States of Democracy Artists 

Mia Adams

Hina Barlas

Yasmina Chavez

Jake Dockins

Lindsay Garcia

Martin Krafft

Micheal Marks

Ashanti McGee

Stacy Arezou Mehrfar

Kelley O’Brien

Juried by David Sanchez Burr, Danielle Kelly and Rebecca Goldberg

Curated by David Sanchez Burr 

Crucial to the success of democracy stand the challenges of equal representation, justice and human rights. Progress towards these goals can be fragile and recent election cycles have created salient evidence that deep regressions in democratic systems are warnings we must take seriously. 

Driven to explore states of democracy, poignant artworks are effective vehicles through which we encourage discourse and provide opportunities to critique, examine and reflect on the impact democracy has on our lives. The Artists chosen for this exhibit all brought to bear interesting interpretations through which we can think of democracy.

The exhibit focuses on a variety of subjects that help form a broad representation of  democracy. The work in this exhibition was selected for its potential as a collective of work capable of transmitting experiences, interpretations, situations and language associated with a laundry list of socio-political issues present in society. Each artist brings forth a valuable perspective and the cumulative effect of viewing their work makes one more aware of a distinctly convoluted state of democracy. The intent of the exhibit is to pierce through the mediated and prescribed notions of ourselves and find patient reflection on how to address the challenges ahead.

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States of Democracy

 

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Open Call For Video Art

Submission Deadline: December 8, 2019

Exhibit Dates January 23 to February 20, 2020

The Lake Forest College Sonnenschein Gallery is seeking artists whose practice is influenced by and exhibits a bearing on the state of democracy in the United States. 

Crucial to the success of democracy stand the challenges of equal representation, justice and human rights. Progress towards these goals can be fragile and recent election cycles have created salient evidence that deep regressions in democratic systems are warnings we must take seriously. 

Fluctuating success in securing long standing progress imply that democracy is not simply practiced at the ballot box it is also a system needing regular maintenance, improvement and persistent engagement. Driven to explore the states of democracy, poignant artworks are effective vehicles through which we encourage discourse and provide rare opportunities to critique and examine its intricacies. Artist engaged in such discourse and critique are encouraged to submit works in video for consideration.

This exhibition is part of a long term project called Multiplexer. Multiplexer started in 2013 as a micro-gallery in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada by David Sanchez Burr. Although its run was short and Multiplexer has remained mostly dormant over the past few years, this curatorial opportunity has allowed for its resurrection. For more information about Multiplexer please visit (insert link here)

David Sanchez Burr is an Artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media at Lake Forest College in Illinois. 

Submission Guidelines:

Only digital forms of video will be accepted for this exhibit. 

Video works will be exhibited in automatic loop mode.

Maximum of 2 entries. 

To submit your work please send an email to sanchezburr@lakeforest.edu with the following submission Items:

  1. Your Name or Group Name
  2. Contact Information
  3. Short Bio/Website Link
  4. Title of Work Submitted
  5. Online link to video submission (including guest username/password if needed)
  6. Video Format Information (i.e. SD, HD, 4K, aspect ratio, vertical or horizontal)
  7. Video Duration
  8. Display Requirements
  9. Credit list (if applicable)

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Life in the End Times: Thoughts on Sustainability by Yasmina Chavez, Javier Sánchez, and David Sanchez Burr

Multiplexer Presents

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Life in the End Times: Thoughts on Sustainability by Yasmina Chavez, Javier Sánchez, and David Sanchez Burr

Part of Greetings from Las Vegas

Gateway Motel 928 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Thursday December 5th  6:00pm to 11:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/535309106555579/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1

It is said that if everyone pitches in a grain of sand we will one day fill the bucket. the questions we have on sustainability is what if that bucket is so large it would take millennia to fill? Who do we hold responsible? Regardless of the current and future damage to our planet ecosystem, the time will always be now to change the current course of damage, and it is not as simple as changing the packaging to green. To go forward without a full socio-political and economical investigation and analysis is to steer the ship into the melting glacier.

To help us understand why we find ourselves always at the border of the apocalypse we must dig into history. If we thought that the cause was simply CO2 then we could move forward, unfortunately this is only a partial explanation, this is a soft explanation that masks larger questions about capitalism and consumerism, questions purposely left behind the curtain. Environmental problems come from economic and social system who’s roots are found in wealthy nations and their corporations, systems that historically have been engaged in exploitation. Global industrialization strategies and plans circumvented the globe in less than a century exhausting or depleting our finite resources. Under the guise of bringing wealth and stability to resource rich undeveloped regions in the globe, the conspirators sack the poor and hand weapons and power  to murderous heads of state. Regions with no exploitable resources are left to their own problems of despair, starvation and illness. The strategy is playing itself out in different stages in different regions with few new spaces to exploit. Plans are already being made to divvy up the polar region, this will be the new war zone. The question is who wants all of the wealth and who is left out. The answer to this question is intentionally left orphaned on the doorstep of “purchased democratic nations” who lack any interest in challenging their patrons. Any motion towards forward change is considered radical, leftist and marxist only backwards change is acceptable.  Our message is to be aware of “sustainability” masked as a new wave of consumerism. Be aware of “sustainable, green and ecological” as marketing ploys of diffused meaning. The meaning of sustainability is to put these apocalyptic notions behind us, to re-engage democratically, to find out the true cause of earths exhaustion and eliminate it.

Yasmina Chavez

Yasmina Chavez is a long time Nevada resident.  She was raised in Elko, NV and has lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV for the past nine years. She graduated from UNLV in 2011 with a BFA in photography and is currently working for Greenspun Media Group as a photo coordinator for the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Inc. As an artist, Chavez primarily works in photography, video and performance.  Together with three other local artist she co-founded of 5th Wall Gallery in the Fall of 2011, but has since left to focus on her own work. While at 5th Wall Gallery, Chavez curated “Deserting Las Vegas,” a road opera by Geneva based performance group Eternal Tour and “China in Box” a musical art performance by the local Las Vegas band China. She also co-curated shows like “Sonic Trichromacy,” a sound installation by Daniel Steffey, “I&I” an interactive installation by Luis Brennan and “Tangents”, a sculptural photography show by Fred Mitchell.  She’s had two solo shows at Counterspace Gallery:  “They Used To Be Animals” in 2013 and “Stranger Bond” in 2012. In the summer of 2012, she participated in a collaboration performance piece, “Okonomiyaki,” with Brent Holmes for the Las Vegas satellite show of the “London Biennale” held at VAST Gallery. Her first short film “Patty Cake” premiered at the 2012 Spring Flicks festival and her video, “Shut Your Mouth” was selected for the Claes Oldenburg 30th Anniversary juried exhibition show of his “Flashlight” sculpture at Donna Beam Gallery in 2011.

Javier Sánchez

Born in the suburbs of Mexico City, Javier Sanchez has now been a resident of Las Vegas Nevada for the last ten years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University Of Nevada Las Vegas in 2012. For the last five years he has exhibited his work in various galleries and venues within the Las Vegas area including his first solo exhibition in 2010 “El Salon De Dibujo” at CSN College Of Southern Nevada, and “Relative Perspectives” at the Clark County Government Center (Rotunda Gallery) in downtown Las Vegas. His most recent collaborative exhibition with Yasmina Chavez “ERISTIC” was a large scale video and sound installation at Alios Gallery in Las Vegas.  Javier Sanchez is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Las Vegas NV. He incorporates video, photography, sound, nature, and the community as parts of his art practice.

David Sanchez Burr

David Sanchez Burr is a mixed-media artist, currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born in Madrid Spain, David began his experimental sound and visual work in Richmond, Virginia while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work is based on the study of a materials physical response to natural and man-made processes such as decay, vibration, entropic forces and maintenance. Using constructive and destructive methods the work is induced to be in a constant state of change. His research is applied to performance, installation art, sculpture, video and sound art; and is often site specific. He has recently exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco, Present Company in New York and at Art Murmur in Oakland California as part of the Mobile Arts Platform. Along with his art practice, David also organizes the Wildlife Divide, a series of art events and workshops related to the high contrast between urban and natural habitats.

Multiplexer Intercept 7:7

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Intercept 6:7 October 5th through October 31st

Multiplexer is proud to present Intercept a seven part series exploring the various approaches to video as a medium in contemporary arts today.

Intercept began as a public call for art to create a panorama of genres,investigations, studies and endeavors of video artists today. The artists selected for this series span all continents and produce work with a wide variety of subjects and an even wider array of technical approaches. The Intercept Series will form the base from which the gallery expects to provide the opportunity to cultivate a discerning and critical audience of video art in Las Vegas going forward.

The context and approach varies from artist to artist but increasingly the outlook of video art continues to be dependent on how much it distinguishes itself from or is in opposition to the “broadcasted television” in its current commercialized form.

Intercept 6:7

October 5th through October 31st

Reception Friday October 5th  2012 6:00pm to 8:00pm

520 Fremont Street  Las Vegas, NV 89101

Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday through Friday

https://multiplexerspace.wordpress.com

multiplexer@visualart-soundart.com

Simohammed Fettaka

Ian DeLeon

Adrien Siberchicot

Irby Pace

Aaron Oldenberg

About the Artists

Simohammed Fettaka

“A Day in Tangier” 5 minutes 13 seconds 2010

www.fettaka.com
Simohammed Fettaka is a young multidisciplinary artist, born in 1981. He currently lives and works in Tangier.

Simohammed studied Philosophy and Signal Processing in Morocco and later trained in filmmaking at La Femis, Paris.

He has worked for the past 5 years at the Cinematheque de Tanger (a non-profit organization) helping develop it since its creation in 2005. He founded and continues to direct the yearly film festival Cinema Nachia.

His work predominantly uses the medium of film, however it also incorporates photography and collage and extends to other art forms such as installation, sound art and performance. At the centre of his work is a reflection on the presentation of the image. This graphic personal interpretation is based on collective memory: the individual visual experience must thereby lead us to question our sense of ourselves.

Ian DeLeon

“You’re Still the Head of the Household” 5 Minutes 2011

www.iandeleon.com

Ian Deleon (b. 1987, Miami, Florida)

works primarily in video | performance | large scale installations.

He is interested in creating work that is both conceptual and visceral | aiming for substantial sociopolitical messages delivered with minimal ecological impact.

Appropriation, dramatic scale, pop culture, economics, and immigration feature prominently in his most recent body of work.

He received his BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston.

Adrien Siberchicot

“ Fata Morgana” 1 minute 40 seconds

http://www.adriensiberchicot.com/

“Born in Colombes, France in 1985, lives and works in Paris.His video is a composition made with objects of his studio. It combines the spectacular of the optical illusion with a set of basic objects producing a potential horizon line, evacuating a narrative distinction between the effect produced and the means of production. This video is part of a series of work entitled Discontinuous Lines.”

Irby Pace

“Unintended Consequences”  9 minutes 45 seconds 2012

www.irbypace.com

Irby Pace was born in 1982 in Odessa, Texas. In 2005 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to attended Texas Tech University where he received his BFA in Photography in 2008.

He is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas where he received his MFA in Photography.

Irby Pace is a multi-project oriented artist that works in different genres and themes. His work investigates issues of privacy and individuality in “Unintended Consequences.” Irby takes images that customers left behind in Apple computer stores and presents them to the public.

Irby also makes one of a kind art pieces by combining his father’s photographs and drawings with his own. Pace believes that this work will help him understand who his father was.

Aaron Oldenberg

“Pieces of Jonestown” 3 minutes 28 seconds 2010

www.aaronoldenburg.net

Aaron Oldenburg is a game designer and new media artist whose primary interest is in game rules as an expressive medium. His video and interactive work has exhibited in festivals and galleries in New York, Berlin, São Paulo and Los Angeles, including SIGGRAPH and FILE Electronic Language International Festival. He currently works on physical computing projects, designing new interfaces and electronic sculptures.

He teaches game design as an Assistant Professor in University of Baltimore’s Simulation and Digital Entertainment program and has an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In October 2003 he finished two years as an HIV Health Extension Agent for the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.

Intercept 5:7 August 21st through October 1st.

Multiplexer is proud to present Intercept a seven part series exploring the various approaches to video as a medium in contemporary arts today.

Intercept began as a public call for art to create a panorama of genres,investigations, studies and endeavors of video artists today. The artists selected for this series span all continents and produce work with a wide variety of subjects and an even wider array of technical approaches. The Intercept Series will form the base from which the gallery expects to provide the opportunity to cultivate a discerning and critical audience of video art in Las Vegas going forward.
The context and approach varies from artist to artist but increasingly the outlook of video art continues to be dependent on how much it distinguishes itself from or is in opposition to the “broadcasted television” in its current commercialized form.

Intercept 5:7
August31st through October 1st
Reception Friday August 31st 2012 6:00pm to 8:00pm
520 Fremont Street  Las Vegas, NV 89101
Gallery Hours 12-6pm Tuesday through Friday
https://multiplexerspace.wordpress.com
multiplexer@visualart-soundart.com

Ezra Wube “Mela” 2011 1 minute 41 seconds
Danny Warner “ Aphasia V” 2012 2 minutes 20 seconds
Alysse Stepanian “Roghieh” 2009 5 minutes 30 seconds
Bridget Lynch “Feast” 2011 5 minutes
Shalo P “Driver Down” 2011 5 minutes 20 seconds

About the Artists

Ezra Wube


http://www.ezrawube.net
“Mela” 2011 1 minute 41 seconds
Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Ezra moved to the United States at the age of 18 and received his BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY. His works encompassing video, installations, drawing, painting and performance.
Danny Warner


http://www.danny-warner.com/
“ Aphasia V” 2012 2 minutes 20 seconds
Dan’s motion design and experimental animation has appeared in various venues including exhibitions, screenings, film festivals and other events in the U.S. and abroad, including the Phillips Collection, Solyanka National Gallery in Moscow, WRO Media Art Biennial in Warsaw, Natural History Museum of Vienna, and Trinity College Science Gallery in Dublin. His posterworks have also been fortunate to find exhibition in the U.S. and abroad, including the 4th Block Triennial in Kiev, the Yaku International Poster Exhibition in Peru, and the International Biennial of the Socio-Political Poster in Poland. His students’ work has recently been recognized in Novum: World of Graphic Design and Creative Quarterly.

An advocate of the cross-disciplinary perspective that animates experience design processes and activities, Dan is also currently investigating the motion poster as a medium of cross-platform engagement.

Alysse Stepanian


http://www.alyssestepanian.com
“Roghieh” 2009 5 minutes 30 seconds
Iranian born Alysse Stepanian moved to the US shortly after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. This video is based on her early dream journal. “Roghieh” paints a surreal picture of the early stages of the Iranian Revolution, when it empowered the underprivileged, who had a significant role in the overthrow of an elitist regime. A cleaning lady’s broom becomes a weapon symbolizing a new found strength. She jumps into the revolution from the wall-less bedroom of a young girl caught in the middle of great social changes and role reversals.

Bridget Lynch


http://www.simmons.edu/%7Elynchb
“Feast” 2011 5 minutes
As an artist, B. Lynch, has been working with the topic of folly for the last Seventeen years. Her theatrical installations of the Folly pantheon have been shown at many solo exhibitions in New England. Lynch has been combining digital and other media for several years, presenting “Tragical, Comical”… an installation with video and a site-specific labyrinth at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery in Fall River MA in 2008.  She presented a mixed media and video installation, Truth & Folly at UMass Amherst November 2004. Chain of Fools: Hogarth Reinterpreted by B. Lynch, a mixed media and video installation at University of New Hampshire. January 2006 her project Just a Pack of Cards, with the Open Studio Program was on view at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH. At the Children’s Museum her site-specific installation – Folly Roger & the Sunken Treasure is on long term loan. Other shows of note are: the Throne Project 2003, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fool’s Progress, Eastern CT State University;The Game of Folly, The Art Complex Museum; and Plucked Fruit, Montserrat College of Art. Lynch has shown extensively in group shows including The Chicken Show at the Boston Center for the Arts; as well as shows in Germany and the Midwest.

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Shalo P

http://hellprevails.blogspot.com/
“Driver Down” 2011 5 minutes 20 seconds
Shalo P is a San Francisco audio / visual artist interested in raw emotion. His works span media as diverse as drawing, video, installation, sound performance, comix and curatorial practices. Generally taking the form of vibrantly rousing celebrations of the moment, his videos play elaborate games through repetition, use of symbols and a highly thought-out approach toward the structure of video as both an extension of cinema and other visual languages, offering up dense layers of sight and sound within a conceptual framework riddled with personal motifs and born out of universal themes of hatred, love, longing and sorrow.

Shalo P was born in Cartagena, Colombia and raised in Miami.

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