You All Fell For My Act

Sady, 2010

You All Fell For My Act
27 August – 16 October 2011 
Opening: 26 August 2011, 19:00 – 23:00
Media and Moving Art. Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I am happy to announce my inclusion in an international show titled You All Fell For My Act at Media and Moving Art (MAMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I will have four pieces from Technically Intimate in the show (Megan, Heidi and John, Lexi, and Sady). Artists will include Kalup Linzy (US, 1977), Jamie Warren (US, 1980), Renée van Trier (NL, 1983), Evan Baden (US, 1985), Mark Callahan (US, 1971).

You All Fell For My Act is an international group exhibition about the way in which we relate ourselves to idealised images of a prevailing norm. The participating artists mainly use lens based media to show emerging tendencies of how we present ourselves on a global stage. This approach is informed by the wealth of different platforms to stage yourself as an individual: TV talent shows, social media, YouTube, but also city photography and fashion blogs. Whilst the individual performs the implication is that the world is watching.

The artists in this exhibition play, in different ways, with these emerging phenomena. Evan Baden shows young girls who make photos of themselves in their bedrooms whilst posing in front of a webcam. The photographic work of Jamie Warren is more theatrical; she dresses in a carnivalesque way contrasting her looks with her surroundings. In Kalup Lenzy’s videos he plays with his own identity by adopting different roles in a soap opera, which he then acts on camera. As such, the artists in this exhibition play with the way a prevailing ideal or standard affects the behavior of people. By transgressing the boundaries between real and fake, and between public and private we see the variability and changeability of identity.

The Exhibition You All Fell For My Act has been produced and curated by the second intake of participants of MAMA’s Rookies MA. In 2009 the first intake of the Rookies MA presented their exhibition For Security Reasons. Through the Rookies MA course (the successor of Mr. Miyagi Curating Tomorrow course) aspiring young curators are given the opportunity to realize and create an exhibition from start to finish. Under the guidance of MAMA’s staff and a variety of local and international guest lecturers the rookies MA course teaches many important aspects of curatorship including: fundraising, liaising with artists, communication, exhibition design, set-up and take down of exhibition, up to and including a final evaluation.

About Media and Moving Art:

MAMA (1997) is a project by the Public Art Squad Foundation and is situated in Rotterdam. MAMA is a platform for visual culture on the cutting edge of visual arts and popular culture and serves as a home base for the youngest generation of producers of images, artists and an audience aged between 16 and 26. MAMA produces exhibitions, books and magazines, organizes performances and events, presents and represents young artists at home and abroad and is part of an international network of like-minded organizations.

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Neural Magazine is out now.

A while back I did an interview with Alessandro Ludovico about my Illuminati and Technically Intimate series for the Italian magazine Neural. That interview appears in the Multiplied Identities issue, which is on sale now. The magazine deals primarily with technology based/related art. I was pleasently surprised to find my image Megan from the Technically Intimate series on the cover. The magazine (or subscriptions) can be purchased here. Or if you just want to go and take a look at it, here is the international list of the places (magazine shops and libraries) that carry it. Enjoy!

Marie Claire

The South African edition of Marie Claire picked up the New York Magazine story from February. They did things a little different with the images. Here’s how it turned out.

Work for Two Shows

Alex

I had to make some work for two shows that will be opening in a couple weeks. The first is the Virtual Identities show that will be held in Florence at the Strozzina. That show will feature six pieces from the Illuminati, two of which I had to have made up. The other is a group juried show at the Kinsey Institute in Indiana. There will be two pieces from Technically Intimate in that show. I had to have Alex made up for that show, which I have been waiting to make up for a long time. These are some images of all of the work at the crater waiting to be boxed up and shipped off.

Lighting Tests for Technically Intimate

These are the lighting tests from every image that was shot for Technically Intimate in the order that they were taken. I finally got around to rounding them all up. I know that people always enjoy seeing images that I shoot before I shoot, so I decided to post them. I had posted some of them before, but decided to take them down and repost all 21 when moving to the new blog.

Proofing Alex

8x10 Proof of "Alex"

I have two pieces heading to the Kinsey Institute for their annual juried exhibition. Heidi and John and Alex (both 40″ x 50″) will be on display from May 20th through July 30th, 2011. I already have Heidi and John done (as it had to be made for the Jerome exhibition), but Alex has yet to be fabricated. So…DigiGraphics in Minneapolis is printing and mounting Alex for the show. I went in and did the proofing on Monday, so I am hoping it is all finished up this week. Then it will be off to the shipper. The show opens May 20, 2011 at the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University.

About the Show

The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show premiered in 2006 at the Kinsey Institute Gallery. For the first two years, the emphasis was on erotic art, but beginning in 2008, the parameters of the competition were expanded to include artworks addressing gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure. In 2009, the exhibition, having outgrown the space available in Morrison Hall, was moved to the Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery.

Jurors

Betsy Stirratt
Director of School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University

Garry Milius
Associate Curator at The Kinsey Institute

Christopher Bedford
Chief Curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University

Technically Intimate in KRAUT Magazine

The second issue of KRAUT magazine has been out for a while. It has been published by the NRW-Forum Kulture in Dusseldorf in conjunction with their current show on display. The images were printed in black and white, which is kind of funny to me as I am used to seeing them in such vivid color.

Technically Intimate in New York Magazine

Five images from my Technically Intimate series were used in conjunction with an article in the February 7th issue of New York Magazine. This is the first US publication to pick up either my Technically Intimate or Illuminati images.

Alice In Wonderland

I will be in Turku, Finland next week for the opening of Alice in Wonderland, which is being organized by the Finnish Museum of Photography. I will have 5 pieces from the Technically Intimate series in the show. The show will be held at the Logomo Cultural Center in Turku and will feature quite a few Finnish and international photographers.

Info:

In feminist writings the private sphere first figured as a site of sexual inequality, unremunerated work, and seething despair. The housewife – the ideal woman of the post Second World War years in advanced industrial societies – suffered in silence. However, a resurgent feminist movement which began to name the problems accompanying woman’s multiple roles as wife, mother, sexual companion, worker, and political subject. Feminism offered women a public language for their private discontent. Alice sets a centre stage to further incite into the personal in politics.

Alice also depicts a representation of self, addressing issues considered to be political, and not a genetic or biological category. Peeling back the layers, it is evident and important to identify the commercial market forces dominating the visual culture relating to the ownership of self and our perceived ideals of the notions of self in private and in public domains.

Wonderland explores the twisted logic and absurd critical viewpoint of western society. Similar to the children’s fiction book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, contemporary storytelling unfolds the truisms and philosophy behind the human being, its fragility and contradictions, the ownership of land and space, a chaotic environmental system, the interrelationship between the undeniable, though not unique, community phenomenon, online social networks. Taking the media as a starting point, artists in Alice in Wonderland explore political, sexual, and cultural tension in a moment when the demise of traditional forms of communication: radio, television, film, and photography are giving way to an explosion of digitally-based forms of social interaction including Facebook and Twitter to file and video sharing sites such as YouTube, Xtube, MySpace.

Alice in Wonderland creates a loose narrative with a wide range of international artists using lens-based media, who lead us to consider what is present. The works allow the viewer to recognise what they think they know, and invites a new meaning. In this way, the obvious is unobvious, the unobvious is obvious, and nothing is how we thought it would be at first glance.

The artists in the exhibition are Claudia Angelmaier, Evan Baden, Thorsten Brinkmann, Elina Brotherus, Saara Ekström, Melinda Gibson, Atelieri O. Haapala, hanna Haaslahti, Sasha Huber, Ulla Jokisalo, Marjaana Kella, Anni Leppälä, Susanna Majuri, Jan Mancuska, Christian Marclay, Juhana Moisander, Trish Morrissey, Laurel Nakadate, Naphouse, Zed Nelson, Anneli Nygren, Tuula Närhinen, Alain Paiement, Nelli Palomäki, Hyun-doo Park, Riitta Päiväläinen, Harri Pälviranta, Tuomo Rainio, Sanni Seppo, Iiu Susiraja and Jemima Stehli.

Alice in Wonderland exhibition will be displayed at the Logomo building in more than 1000 m2. The exhibition is curated by the editor-in-chief, curator Sheyi Bankale (UK), art historians Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Elina Heikka. The exhibition is produced by Tiina Rauhala / The Finnish Museum of Photography. Along the exhibition will be published a catalogue in three languages and a pedagogical programme. The exhibition is curated and produced by the standards of sustainable development.

Technically Intimate Heading to Finland

The Finnish Museum of Photography is producing a show called Alice in Wonderland. The show will be held in Turku, Finland as part of Turku’s year long celebration of being a Capital of Culture. The show will run from January 2011 all the way through December of 2011. Just about 11 months. There will be smaller versions of 5 pieces from Technically Intimate. I will be on a plane shortly headed over for the opening.