All I can think of anymore is how amazing Joan Jonas is. Last year I went to the Whitney Biennial and got to toy around a bit with her piece Mirage(1976/2005), which if you have never looked into you should. I especially think about this work in the context of current digital art and online images that make use of meta subjects. Jumps between haphazard drawing, benigne reference - that usually ends up being some kind of nonchalant greco indulgence - and trippy fades... it's no wonder that many people consider the current creative paradigm to be one of stupidity. The unfortunate thing is that so much of this work feels deeply personal and yet because of a lack of personal understanding the work fades away into a sea of formal unknowns and aestheticized wastes-of-time.
Anyway, Jonas includes imagery in her work that makes perfect sense right now in this generation, as it did at the time of its conception. What feels right is that the work has a level of criticality that I think questions the defining qualities of art markers and art thinkers. Maybe it's in the complexity in representing androgyny that really grips an interest from me, like something most post-wavers assume is a known and understood banality... I question this assumption. It's her ability to re-complex a cultural (and truly personal) banality that posits a subtle, and yet poignit, heavyhandedness that I respect. She makes poetry out of forms and movements and alter-ego and technology. Like she is a living user, a non-sexualized being that simply acts and reacts to percussions and re-percussions of acting. Theatrical nonsense... but not in a dada-sense.... in a Jonas-sense. Perfect Sense.
Bodies in motion, in time, in space, in captured lived experience will always be more complex.
Thinking about her also reminds me of that Maya Dern film I posted a while back, in that like Dern, Jonas accomplished a poetic harmony to her performance work that I feel many of her male contemporaries did not do. Jonas and Dern also share a fasination with the otherside of sexuality and ego, which I think echo's out into other generations of artists who I think pay ode to their poetics in ever more sublet ways. For instance in Alex Bags work Untitled Fall (1995) not only do questions concerning sexuality and pop-media arise, in what is a more explicite tone, but also her voice concerning criticality towards subjects of ego and soul-searching arch over the crude and lude explicates and subtly form into a fine gesture, one that feels as much about personal ownership as it does about the complexity of being a viewer of ownership.
I like to think that the assumptions one makes can be broken and re-formed... maybe they cause ego-shattering results but atleast something happens. This is maybe what I mean when talking about the unkown personal presences of images I see in abundance and daily. It's there, it just needs to be personalized but I think that it also needs to take on a new form. One that can encompass the same complexities of the lived experience and still use meta-imagery that we are all addicted to and love.
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So, friends/lovers (Mike Goldby & Jillian Ross) spent month preparing this mind-blowing simulated gallery render. It kicks ass... it also kicks ass that Brad Tinmouth and I are teamed up and we are the freeze frame! The room we are in is so relaxing. LOVE YOU GUYS!
WE ARE PLANNING ON SCREENING A NUMBER OF SELECTED EPISODES FROM THE HINDI-TV EPIC "MAHABHARAT"!!!
YOU SHOULD COME!!!
Mahabharat was a widely popular Indian television series based on the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata, an ancient Indian sanskrit which narrates theKurukshetra War. The 94-episode series originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 and was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son, Ravi Chopra. Viewed by over 5+ million viewers, this will be the first time it is publicly screened in Toronto outside of the Hindi community.
The idea to form this event was sparked during Teresa’s trip to Mumbai, in which she came across the soap opera while flipping through TV channels and became enthralled with the vintage video graphics and excessive theatricality of the production. Having introduced it to David on her return home - they decided it needed to be shown to their peers, in hopes of further distributing the excitement. This epic soap opera is a sensory overload of early computer graphics and includes an amazing musical score - you will surely not be disappointed.
We hope you can join us.
- Teresa & David
$5 at the door
screening starts: 9PM
location: Double Double Land_209 Augusta (down the alley/up the stairs)_kensington, Toronto
date: Wed, April 20th, 2011
Directed by: B.R. Chopra and Ravi Chopra
organized by: Teresa Aversa & David FM Hanes
PARTY TO FOLLOW
BUTCHER GALLERY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE:
FREE 4 ALL: BARMECIDAL PROJECTS GALLERY LAUNCH & SCREENING
APRIL 16 2011, 7PM - 11PM
BAR·ME·CID·AL: providing only the illusion of abundance; illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing.
Artists and curators JILLIAN KAY ROSS and MIKE GOLDBY celebrate their extended network of peers and contemporaries in BARMECIDAL PROJECTS’ inaugural group exhibition FREE 4 ALL, opening April 16th at BUTCHER GALLERY in Toronto and online at www.barmecidalprojects.com.
BARMECIDAL PROJECTS is a digitally rendered space that is dependent solely on phenomenological perception; objectivity is discarded and the work, be it a replica of a preexisting form or a completely virtual fabrication, is displayed in an animated gallery walkthrough.
FREE 4 ALL features work by ALEX MCLEOD, AMALIA ULMAN, BRAD TINMOUTH, BRIAN KHEK, DANIELLE BESSADA, DAVID HANES, EMILY JONES, GEORGIA DICKIE, IAIN BALL, JENNIFER CHAN, JILLIAN KAY ROSS, JON RAFMAN, JUSTIN BOCHEK, JÓNÓ MÍ LÓ, JARROD WILSON, KAITLIN TILL- LANDRY, LAUREN BRICK, LAUREN ELDER, LEE ORMEROD, LIAM WYLIE, LILI HUSTON- HERTERICH, MIKE GOLDBY, ORLANDO ORELLANO, RACHAEL MILTON, SHELBI CHEW, and TARA DOWNS, unifying artists working both immaterially and physically. The high-gloss, hyper-real finish of the rendered exhibition obscures the boundaries between Real and Representation. So shiny, so irresistible by virtue of its digitallness, FREE 4 ALL supersedes certainty.
1)Find A Location That Will Pronounce Your Physical Presence And Setup Your Camera.
2)Position Yourself In Front Of Your Camera And Begin Making Movements That Are Based On Inspirational Associations Of Predetermined Sources
3)Move Your Body
4)Move Your Body In Momentarily Exciting Ways
5)Do Not Stop Moving Your Body Until The Camera Battery Dies Or Until You Die.
1)Edit Footage To match Full Length Of Your Shot
2)Assemble Your Inspirational Material
3)Make A Pleasing Color Palette
4)Fuzz Until It Looks Like Art
1)Consider Your Intent
2)Consider Your Inspirational Associations
3)Combine The Two Until Name Suits Your Intent and It (Dis)Honours Your Inspirational Associations