Just a rapidly fading collection of electrochemical brain markers and digital residue on the internet, the exhibition now exists only to the extent that we accept the highly contested notion of the past as a tangible component of reality. Character Profile does not think, therefore it may not be and may never have been.
To combat existential dread, I recorded this ten minute walkthrough of the show in 1080p. We did it off the cuff in one long continuous take, so sorry if I misrepresented anything you might find important. Thanks to EB , Trevor, and Lonwell for help with this. And thanks to everyone who participated in the viewing and creation of this show.
One of my big summer projects was An Interview With the Author Monica Zarazua.
It’s a screenprinted motion picture on thirty-eight wood tiles made for a group show at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oak-land. That show explored intersections between the literary and visual arts and my intent for the piece was to blur the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, creating an imaginary space for the non-imaginary author of the show’s short stories to inhabit. Here is a pdf of the show catalog beautifully put together by Xiomara Castro.
The images used in the project, which proceeds left, right, up, and down the gallery wall, were collected from photos and video recordings produced for this work. Here’s a shitty video about one day in that process!
With a fierce commitment to words and play, the curation of my upcoming group show Character Profile is going to focus on separating Root Division in to discrete wings by topic, complete with screenprinted signage. Want to know what sort of art’s in each of these wings? Then join us for the July 13th 2013 opening. Do it!
After almost a year of waiting, hordes of Bernal residents finally got to see Hillside Supperclub’s principle signage installed. Chained to the corner of Folsom and Precita and pointing dead Northwest for the 18 month shelf life of Matsui screenprinting ink the end of time, it is a beauty. I really like the way that one turned out. (Thanks again, Jonathan Bregman)
I have already pridefully sighted passersby noticing the sign, perhaps then giving the restaurant a new found and previously absent consideration? That’s right you guys, Hillside’s in the house now.
Thanks to Tony and Jonathan (Not Bregman) for the opportunity.
“Character Profile: New Works in Language, Text, and Wordplay”
Curated by Jon Fischer Opening Reception Saturday July 13 7-10PM (one block from tacos!)
Exhibition Dates: July 10-27 Root Division
3175 17th Street at South Van Ness, San Francisco free
About eighteen months ago in Golden Gate Park, I had a sudden flash of inspiration in the form of a succession of twenty-eight free associative phrases that I quite immediately knew I wanted to develop into a substantial art piece.
I was associated with Root Division through some teaching work, and decided to go even further and pitch them an entire language based show through their curatorial submission program. Over the course of four of five months of back and forth I refined the concept, got three or four trusted collaborators involved, and the proposal was accepted as the July 2013 show at Root Division! This group show is going to feature the language-based visual artwork of 27 artists including my beloved Ben Hill, Nowell Valeri, and Erin Bregman. I think it’s going to be a really fun, multifaceted show featuring but not limited to:
A wall of Toasted Puns.
An interactive sound installation in which visitors can manipulate Presidential speeches with obscene gangta rap with old TV commercials, to create their own postmodern soundtrack the way God intended.
A New York Times vs USA Today death match.
eBooks (a humongous “e” made out of books).
And lots of other engaging, interactive work dedicated to a spirit of play.
Bring your kids!
My project, “American Fistfight” evokes the early era of cinema with rudimentary moving image sequences produced entirely with screen printed 35mm slides. Several vintage projectors connected with a fabricated control panel will allow visitors to maneuver image sequences for themselves while the results are displayed on the gallery wall.
From the curatorial desk:
Character Profile is a visual arts exhibition featuring projects that explore intersections between the forms, mechanisms and meanings of language. Drawing from a cross disciplinary group of twenty-six collaborators from across the country including writers, visual artists, and craftspeople, Character Profile investigates novel functions of language through a broad range of materials, media and approaches. Many of these works are dedicated to a spirit of engagement and play. The exhibition highlights art designed for direct interaction with visitors and work that provokes expanded meanings and alternative associations. These artists present language as both a medium and a subject, and deftly maneuver words to both convey and critique meaning.