The summer ended with a show at ACRE projects in Chicago in collaboration with Katie Hargrave and Daniel Luedtke. It’s up through September 29th, so go check it out! The show was curated by Kate Bowen, who wrote a lovely press release:
Edit Road Movie
From Ulysses to Kerouac the road trip, or quest, is well-established theme that spans world culture. A road trip offers a process that can provide redemption, transformation, and understanding. As a formal device the road trip presents time laid out in a straight line. This conceit keeps a narrative continually moving forward with no character left unchanged by the events that take place between points A and B. The destination is therefore also the resolution, the site of fulfillment after the long journey. However, it is the journey, its tireless momentum, its intense but uneasy relationships that are created as a curious visitor, and its necessary return to the starting point, that contains the events and experiences that allow for meaningful understanding.
Katie Hargrave, Daniel Luedtke, and Nick Lally create works that explore the road trip as a romantic, fractured, and anxious experience in their exhibition Edit Road Movie. The exhibition interrogates the peddlers and iconic byproducts of the road trip trope, focusing on the journey as a limbo. The work considers the aesthetics of the search and the journey rather than the experience of achieving fulfillment at the destination. For example, Katie Hargrave uses the audiobook narration of Kerouac’s On The Road and edits it to feature only the underlined passages in five found copies of the novel. This narration creates a backdrop for the rest of the exhibition of evocative prose, which now divorced from its context and story languishes in idling desires for transformation. Similarly, Daniel Luedtke creates a compilation of establishing shots from the beginning of action and horror movies with a road trip theme. With the majority of the image removed the video presents only the edges of the frame giving a glimpse of a continually panning lens that moves over a multitude of changing landscapes. The video cuts from one scene to the next never resting long enough to find a recognizable character or a place for the viewer to enter. The music from each scene is caught in a constant low crescendo providing an anticipatory soundtrack under Kerouac’s disconnected philosophies. The anxiety and excitement of perpetual momentum in Luedtke’s piece is further explored in Nick Lally’s video that presents the journey between point A and point B as a dusty circle that is seen from the inside of a car as it performs a donut maneuver, spinning in a never ending loop. Dizzy and directionless we try to find a steady course with advanced mapping technology. Several GPS devices with voice command simultaneously try to navigate becoming a chorus of possible routes, singing confusion and the pulling the traveller in many directions at once.
The first half of August found me at the amazing Shared Space Studio Artist-In-Residence program, run by Eliza Fernand and Mary Rothlisberger in Pentwater, Michigan. I took some photos of the stars:
made some new drawings:
and worked on some videos, a couple of which are on display in the ACRE show.
Last spring, I was in two shows. Many Places at Once at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco was the impossible collaboration between everyone in my studio, which I think turned out quite nice! Included was a video of a play directed by Erin Jane Nelson that we all acted in and this installation:
Mind Matters was a show at UCSF’s neuroscience building in collaboration with Gautam Agarwal, a neuroscientist at UC Berkeley. The project looked at electrical waves moving across the brain and other waves found in the material world. The prints and videos on display explored how similar wave phenomena are found at vastly different scales arising from unique mechanisms, making speculative links between our own brain activity and the rhythms of the world. A flag flying in the wind and brain wave data mapped onto a 3-D model are juxtaposed in these two prints:
An installation shot:
Videos below the prints played various wave experiments:
It was a lot of fun for both of us to work in the interstices between our respective disciplines and I hope more of this work makes it out into the world.
More photos, especially of bike adventures, can be found on the photo blog.