C o – D e p e n d e n t:
artists, artist/curators, & curators, select artists
Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4, 2005
The Living Room, 4000 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL, in the Design District
Presented by University Galleries, School of the Arts, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Organized by Diana Shpungin & Blane De St Croix
For the exhibition Co-Dependent, 12 lead participants each choose other potential participants. Each one is either an artist, curator or both, creating a kind of succession of dependency for the final exhibition. The theme or idea that each lead participant chooses is solely up to that participant’s discretion, and ultimately, fits into the larger context of the space.
About the Participants:
Isolde Brielmaier is a New York-based curator, writer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Vassar College. She holds a Ph.D in Art History and Cultural Studies from Columbia University. The art selected presents a random sampling of new work by five up and coming contemporary artists who innovatively engage a range of aesthetic and cultural ideas in video as well as works on paper. Isaac Diggs will be screening his video work Crush, which springs from the fascination with public ritual and is assembled from footage of “Greekfest” on Jones Beach, New York. In this elliptical narrative human gesture is the portal through which issues of leisure, race and sexuality are explored. Vlatka Horvat’s work often focuses on an encounter between a person and a particular system, state, or physical space, employing a wide range of media. Winter in America is a collaboration between Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi based on the events leading up to the murder of Songha Thomas Willis on February 2, 2000 outside Club Evolutions in Philadelphia, PA. The stop-motion film technique is employed to animate the G.I. Joe action figures the artists once used to create similar narratives in during childhood. Deborah Grant creates mixed media works with multiple layers of text and imagery that reference history and popular culture.
Amy Davila is an independent curator and director of the Perry Rubenstein Gallery. She has selected four artists to be included in the exhibition. Lucas Ajemian is a New York-based artist who will present an ongoing video installation entitled The Haunt. By using newspaper cutouts referring to contemporary events and politics in the US and setting them against a black void, Ajemian reveals the tension between censorship and slander within the media. The matrimonial art collective Bengala is composed of B. Tischer and Gala Verdugo. They will be presenting a continuation of their project called Bengala As Muse, whereby the collective hires themselves out as muses for other artists. These artworks will be made during the duration of the exhibition and will be exhibited in the space as they are completed. Jacob Hartman’s Earthworks Series video installation simultaneously creates and subverts visual illusions by appropriating film production methods to alter sensory perceptions of reality. William Villalongo’s will be presenting a massive work on velvet entitled Love Serenade. The romantic, Eurocentric images of cherubs and nude female figures undulate on the theatrical page as the viewer is drawn into the familiarity of the mythological themes.
Blane De St. Croix was previously a museum curator and now an artist and professor based in South Florida and Brooklyn, NY. He has co-organized “co-dependent” with Diana Shpungin. For his curatorial component of this exhibition he has selected artists that use unique organizational structures that are loosely based on the grid. Blane De St Croix will be presenting house fire, a performative sculpture that eternally burns in a geometric and isolated landscape. Amy Broderick’s work utilizes text as mark making to explore the power of the written verses visual image. Ellen Harvey is presenting the new video work mirror, which deconstructs historical architecture and both time and space. Simon Lee employs simple objects, such as mirror, lenses and pinhole cameras to create works that appear to have been digitally manipulated. Simon’s work plays with our perceptions of how and what we see. Carol Prusa’s intricate silverpoint works examine closely the relationship between flora and the body, creating endless labyrinths of pattern. David Row paints abstract compositions that create pulsating fields and intersecting layers of acidic color.
Rachel Gugelberger is a New York based independent curator. For her contribution to “co-dependent” Rachel has curated a mini-version of a future project entitled “Library Science”. This exhibition examines artistic practices that employ the library as a point of departure. Madeline Djerejian has created a series of portrait-style images, in which readers are captured in moments of introspection; depicting private space of reflection and reverie. Chris Coffin generates drawings inspired by severe weather conditions, and transfers NASA satellite images onto subject specific library cards that have been disposed of due to the transition to digital archive. Micki Watanabe’s In the Mixed-up Files (Volume One: Shaker Room) is a miniature reproduction of the Shaker Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Watanabe seeks to break down the barriers between a library’s rare book room and its regular stacks while making the imaginary spaces created within books tangible. Blane De St. Croix’s Library Fire calls upon the viewer to climb up a ladder and interact with his sculpture. On the shelves the viewer will find drawings instead of books; drawings that depict typical objects from the American landscape which are caught in solitary moments of burning. Reynard Loki piece is called first lines, last lines and consists of a diptych of the first lines of every book he owns on the left, and the last line of every book he owns on the right. The work acts like a sort of portrait of the artist, using classification and the digital text and image to create a reduced and conceptual bibliography.
David Hunt is a critic, curator and adviser based in New York. Recent exhibitions include, Off My Biscuit, Destroy Your District, Samson Projects, Boston; The Seismologist, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Southampton; and Relentless Proselytizers, Feigen Contemporary, New York. David will be presenting a video program for “co-dependent” including Jenn Ruff’s Tether, Pawel Wojtasik’s Naked, Kate Gilmore’s Through This…, Chris Larson’s County Line, and Tommy Hartung’s Letters from Earth.
Christopher K. Ho is an artist and curator, who divides his time between New York City and Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. The guideposts for his art and curatorial practice are two: context and collaboration. Both are informed by the position that art making is less a form of self-expression than a process of problem-solving, whereby a problem is generated by a given site (whether this be an institution, physical place, or situation) and its solution arrived at through discussion with an interlocutor. Christopher K. Ho’s contribution to “co-dependent” articulates a space-within-a-space in which four artists’ works engage in conversation. A large silver tarp lies on the ground, on top of and around which are installations by Mike Calway-Fagen, Benjamin Carlson, Troy Richards, and Andrea Stanislav. Diverse as these artists are, they share this consistency: they eschew older avant-garde tactics of opposition and transformation for familiar materials, modest formats, and uncomplicated means. More particular than pointed, these four artists presume their audience to be thoughtful, engaged, and intelligent, and aim for discussion over dispatch.
Omar Lopez-Chahoud is an independent curator and artist based in New York City. Omar has invited a group of artists to interact with the space in numerous ways. Rachel Mason will be installing Figure from the Ambassador Series, which consists of figurines representing leaders of countries or governing bodies that have been involved in war for each year of her life. Doreen McCarthy uses inflatable materials to create sculptures that infer a pop materiality. Through the use of transparency, the works envelope and articulate space without concealing it. Sebastian Blanck’s drawing and painting layer figuration with abstraction, depicting bathing nudes veiled in pattern. Joyce Kim creates painting installations that employ materials such as used tapes, large pieces of peeled paint and leaning paintings. The work references the amplification of pop music and to sound so deafening it acknowledges its own failure and the failure of the practice and history of painting. Pia Lindman’s work revolves around the themes of social context and space, as well as the performative aspect of making and experiencing art. For this exhibition she will be presenting three performative video works. Arts & Leisure’s editors Julieta Aranda and Carlos Motta have worked together tracking the life of the tabloid as it finds its way from an informative and timely publication into other uses, and as it enters secondary circulation. Their series of photographs are a collaborative effort to memorialize old news.
Gean Moreno is an artist based in Miami. For this project, he invited artists to intervene in books from his own personal library. Cooper produces dark, political works about American social space that often materialize as large sprawling installations with performative elements. Kevin Arrow produces overloaded compositions and trippy light shows that, on the one hand, reference psychedelia and, on the other, a trashier lo-fi ‘zine aesthetic. William O’Brien turns a super lo-fi, Xerox-and-glue aesthetic into something edging the baroque. Aside from drawings and paintings, he’s an avid ‘zine producer.
Renée Riccardo is an independent curator and founder of ARENA gallery and Arena Brooklyn, independent projects. Paul Laster is Editor-in-Chief of Artkrush.com, New York Desk Editor of Art Asia Pacific, and Art + Photography Editor for Boldtype.com. He writes regularly for Art in America, Tema Celeste, AM New York and Wburg.com, and has been a frequent contributor to Time Out New York. Together Riccardo & Laster have chosen five artists that work with the theme of Construction / Deconstruction. Satoru Eguchi sees the world around him through an inner eye, where leisurely scenes get deconstructed and caught in a visual vortex. Margaret Lee revisits youthful days when teenage packs would roam the landscape seeking monumental gathering spots to party and leave their mark. Doug Morris’ elaborate sculptural hangings made with ribbon-tape and cut-foam float like fireworks from the wall creating spectacular web-like systems. Jon Rosenbaum constructs miniature paper sculptures that become phantasmagorical objects. Lee Tusman uses found T-shirts with printed pop culture iconography to construct wall hangings and quilts.
A.A. Rucci is an artist who currently divides his time between Sarasota and Miami, FL and maintains a studio in Vienna, Austria. For his participation in “co-dependent” Rucci looked beyond the succession of dependency with the artist – curator relationship and broadened it to that of artist/collector, artist/theorist, artist/educator and artist/exhibitions coordinator. Without regard to an apparent connection between artists and their works, he chose to make even more transparent the notion of co-dependency. Each working artist performs at least one other crucial role within the art world – collector, author/theorist, professor, curator, preparator. As he selected individual works by Rob Carter, and Peg Trezevant a relationship between the choices became evident. Beginning with a domestic whole, each fragments and reshuffles information to guide the viewer into a reconstructed reality. The apparent random nature of selection thus was structured after all. To that structure A.A. Rucci responded with his own painting combine.
Diana Shpungin is an artist living and working in both Brooklyn, NY and South Florida. She along with Blane De St. Croix has organized the exhibition “co-dependent”. Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann have worked collaboratively since 2000 and in this exhibition present far from lost close to found, one split second a video and drawing installation based on the shared experiential performance and the manipulation of time. Additionally, Diana has chosen artists who also work in a performative manner. Emily Lutzker creates performative sculpture transforming banal materials into sympathetic creatures that may have come from another planet. Emily will be presenting both a sculptural work and a live performance in conjunction with the exhibition. Robert Melee creates video and sculptural work based on domestic suburbia. He uses his mother in video works that are disturbing, humorous and quite telling of this unique child/parent relationship. Michael Mahalchick alters everyday found objects and used clothing into elaborate and compact sculptural works. Mahalchick also organizes large performances, where invited participants play out his loose rules, creating unpredictable and atypical situations. He will be creating both sculptural works and a unique performance for the exhibition.
Franklin Sirmans is a curator based in New York City. For his portion of “co-dependent” he is presenting the project “From the Artist’s Studio—Wish You Were Here” a collection of studio portraits by artists: Derrick Adams, Jeremy Bailey, Davide Bertocchi, Louis Cameron, Laura Carton, Nicole Cherubini, Julia Chiang, Gregory Coates, William Cordova, Stephanie Diamond, Nicola Di Caprio, Kevin Ei-Ichi deforest, Charley Friedman, Karen Graffeo, Tahir Hemphill, Duron Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Shin-il Kim, Sonya Lawyer, Simone Leigh, Brad McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Jessika Miekeley, Adia Millett, Traci Molloy, Wangechi Mutu, Odili Donald Odita, Senam Okudzeto, Rune Olsen, Jaye Rhee, Xaviera Simmons, Maanik Singh, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Mickalene Thomas, Mary Valverde-Velez, Roberto Visani, Rene Yung and Martin Zet. Andrea Bowers, Nancy Friedemann, Leslie Hewitt, Sol Sax, Jeff Sonhouse, Lisa Soto, Cory Wagner, & Saya Woolfalk and others…