On this night

Aerospacial

One Performative Night

Double Vision I/II

Assorted

Photos 3-7 Courtesy Anood Abdulla

Curatorial Statement

 

The Olivier Mosset show and BMPT’s practice were starting points for thinking about performance as a way to respond to the world. I thought of aspects than ran through their work and picked artists who could keep these in mind when creating new work.

 

Repetition was the first aspect. Mosset painted a flat black circle in the center of a canvas, and then repeated it in more than two hundred paintings over the next decade. BMPT never repeated the manifestations, although they did four distinct versions. I asked the artists to think about how repetition changes or breaks work. Kaoud sings a Palestinian lullaby, then sings it again and again, inviting the audience to join in on this anxiety reducing exercise.

 

The second aspect that really stood out was the Infrathin. A Duchampian phrase which is hard to define. Like a Venn Diagram that appears as two side by side circles. Or as Hector Obalk says, the “infrathin characterizes any difference that you can easily imagine but doesn't exist, like the thickness of a shadow”. Abdulaziz works through various objects that she doesn’t quite fit inside. Sometimes she gets close but she, and by extension all of us, never perfectly fit into many roles.

 

Anand creates an orchestration that has instructions but also gives participants the option to disobey. She creates mini-groups (sections) that can collaborate, resist, or go it alone.

 

Overall the performances are separate, but connected through sound, anxiety, the balance between collectivity and disconformity.

 

On this night, for the first time, something will happen…

Jean Paul Najar Foundation, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai and American University in Dubai

February 2018

Performance projects by: Areej Kaoud, Sarra’a Abdulaziz, and Noush Anand

 

 

Aerospacial

Opening Reception: March 11th, 2011 5-8pm

Gallery Open March 9-31 Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, Indianapolis

Curated by Flounder Lee

 

The three artists in this exhibition are all visually distinct but all working on projects that are honed in on the aerospace theme. All three happen to live in the Los Angeles area. Maybe it is the skies of LA being filled with a proliferation of airplanes, ghetto birds (helicopters), and blimps that draw all of their eyes upward. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the desert is nearby with many airbases, bombing ranges, and even the shuttle landing strip. No matter the reasons, these three artists approach the subject from radically different perspectives but all do it well.

 

Sam Davis’s art making revolves around sci-fi and retro themes. You’ll find iron rockets, lost astronauts, robots, and glowing UFOs in his work. His photography feels unique and a bit strange, but is always beautiful. Using an old school panoramic medium format camera, Sam creates scenes that wouldn’t have been out of place in a Heinlein or Asimov novel in the 50s.

 

McLean Fahnestock’s work usually revolves around the media of politics. Recently turning her gaze to the media of space launches, McLean’s video piece, Grande Finale, explores the legacy and impending end of the Space Shuttle program. The epic video will show all 134 Shuttle launches, simultaneously. The video is one of power and discovery. It brings a sense of awe to the viewer.

 

Darren Hostetter loves the machines of war and paints them into intricate patterns that from a distance can resemble underwater scenes or snowflakes. Darren also hates the war itself and it comes across in the insidiousness of the objects he chooses to paint. Bombs and drones fill the surface, which happens to be recycled aircraft aluminum.  The works are simultaneously gorgeous and sinister.

 

 

One Performative Night was a night of performance art both live at Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis and broadcast via the internet. In the middle of Fringe Festival but in a visual art setting, One Performative Night explored the overlap between the arts disciplines and the intersections between live and tele-presence performance art.

 

The evening is in periphery to another performance exhibition Low Lives. Low Lives was a one-night exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at three venues throughout the U.S.-- FiveMyles, Brooklyn; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami; and labotanica, Houston in partnership with Project Row Houses. Several of the other Low Lives performances will be shown during the evening, interspersed with local performances.

 

Participating artists were Jessica Dunn, Kurt Lee Nettleton, David Jackman, Brian Priest, and Luba Winship.

Double Vision II - Multi-channel Video Festival

April 10, 2013

 

Location: Basile Auditorium, Herron School of Art and Design

Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Multi-Channel video work is a style that is often included in exhibition format but rarely seen in a festival type screening; therefore this festival will exclusively feature this format. Works in the screening will vary from two up to 64 channels (videos). Can attention stay focused on more than one video at a time? How can it play with perception and engagement?

 

Artists include: Charmaine Ortiz—Carolina Beach, North Carolina; Philippos Kappa—Athens, Greece; François Macré—Arrondissement of Gap, France; Adam Forrester—Athens, Georgia; Rembrandt Quiballo—Tempe, Arizona; Douglas Gast—Pullman, Washington; Stefan Petranek—Indianapolis; McLean Fahnestock—Long Beach, California; Malena Barnhart—Tempe, Arizona; Thomas Lewis—Indianapolis; Emily-Jane Robinson—London, UK; Inese Verina—Riga, Latvia; Paul Wierbinski—Germany

 

Double Vision: A Dual-Channel Video Festival

 

This festival was screened at Herron School of Art and Design in the Basile Auditorium in conjunction with the photography and video exhibition Between History and Memory. Herron is located on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The screening took place on Wednesday October 28th, 2009. Two Channel video work is a style that is often included in exhibition format but rarely seen in a festival type screening; therefore this festival will exclusively feature this format.

 

Participating Artists included: Wim Janssen (Belgium), Dusica Drazic (Serbia), N_Drew (Indiana USA), Dahlia Elsayed and Andrew Demirjian (New Jersey, USA), Chris Brandl (Germany), Cecilia Beaven and Federico Guitierrez (Mexico), David Montgomery (Florida, USA), Claire Hodge (Canada), McLean Fahnestock, Jean Robison, Jeremy Eichenbaum (California, USA), Jason Dee (Scotland, UK), Jennifer Schwed (Washington DC, USA), Jennie Mynhier (Missouri, USA), Joaquin Palencia (Philippines), Joo-Mee Paik (South Korea), Duane Linklater (Canada), Liz Rodda (Oklahoma, USA), Mary Rachel Fanning (Illinois, USA), MIchael Szpakowski (UK), Nate Larson (Maryland, USA), Marni Shindelman and Perry Bard (New York, USA), and Rick Falck (Michigan, USA)

 

Curated by Flounder Lee; Juried by Brent Aldrich, Ashley Holland, and Flounder Lee

 

LA2ND brought several Los Angeles artists to Indianapolis for a video exhibition at Biscuits and Gravy Gallery in the Murphy Arts Center.

 

The artsts were Jeffrey James, Jocelyn Foye, Sierra Brown, Kyle Riedel, Desiree DeVirgilio, Jean Robison, Jeremy Eichenbaum, Pascual Sisto, Jeff Foye, and Gordon Winiemko

 

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Greater LA MFA Exhibition

 

MFA students from California State University, Long Beach kicked off the academic year by presenting two concurrent art openings that celebrate the work by graduate students throughout the greater Los Angeles area—Greater LA MFA: A Student to Student Invitational Exhibition, and CSULB’s MFA Open Studios. Greater LA MFA was on view from August 28 through September 7, 2005 with an opening reception at 5-8PM.

 

Co-Curated by Carleton Christy, C. Finley, Jeff Foye, Jocelyn Foye, Flounder Lee, & Jean Robison