2:00pm Thursday 6/23/2016
Experimental Response Cinema presents: SET organized by Liz Rodda and Joey Fauerso. SET is a collaborative exhibition program by visual artists and musicians, re-defines the moving image through the context of divergent sites and live soundtracks. The project includes commissioned silent works by Cheryl Donegan (NY, NY), Joey Fauerso (San Antonio, TX),Celeste Fichter (Brooklyn, NY), Duncan Ganley (London, UK), Tatiana Istomina (NY, NY), Susan Jacobs (Melbourne, AU), Maura Jasper (Muncie, IN), Saul Levine (Boston, MA), Liz Rodda (Austin,TX), Luz Maria Sánchez (Mexico City, MX), Barron Sherer (Miami, FL), and Michael Velliquette (Madison, WI) that will travel to multiple exhibition sites accompanied by a wide range of live soundtracks. Experimental in nature, the project considers the ways in which artists work in anticipation of an unknown auditory response and, in turn, how musicians and performers reply to a divergent range of imagery. In essence, the video becomes the written word, and the sound, the pronunciation. Like a homograph, the performed interpretation defines the meaning of the word. At the center of this project are chance procedures, unforeseeable juxtapositions and an evolving set of meanings propelled by the mechanics of translation. The resulting collaborations will be featured collectively on a website designed to serve as a hub for viewers to observe the project in its entirety.
CELESTE FICHTER holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of the Visual Arts in New York City. She has had solo exhibitions at the Point of Contact Gallery at Syracuse University, Go North Gallery (Beacon,NY), PH Gallery (NYC), and the Boyden Gallery at St Mary’s College, MD. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Islip Art Museum and the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and the Village Voice. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
JOEY FAUERSO is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Texas State University. Her paintings and videos have been exhibited nationally and internationally with recent shows at the Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City, and the David Shelton Gallery in Houston Texas. Fauerso has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies and is currently participating in the Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center in New York City. She lives in San Antonio with her husband Riley, and their sons Brendan and Paul.
MAURA JASPER is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores the intersections of history, pop culture and mass media as influences that inform our individual and collective sense of self. Much of her work involves or is inspired by the lives of regular people. Works range from large scale participatory projects (Punk Rock Aerobics, Weather You Remember) to studies of people and place inspired by existing historical documents (Wish You Were Here, The Gates, Without Words). Oftentimes her work functions as a bridge between art and non-art experiences, inviting participation and bringing people back into the process of cultural production. By taking on the trappings of mass media forms not normally considered art –such as, karaoke, aerobics instruction, or weather reports, these forms become vehicles for empowerment, ones that function as backdrops in which each individual’s stories, dreams, and expectations can unfold. Her work has exhibited and screened at venues such as Artist’s Space, Vox Populi, and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. She is probably best known for her work as a co-founder of Punk Rock Aerobics, the DIY workout and her album art for Dinosaur Jr. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Intermedia Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
SUSAN JACOBS engages with latent potential inherent in the materials, spaces and contexts she responds to. Discursive research and material experimentation inform her practice, which encourages lateral associations to be drawn between diverse forms and ideas, inviting chance and the unforeseen to direct her process-driven approach. Through drawing, sculpture, video and site-responsive installation, Jacobs’ work considers the nuances of physical forces and material properties in relation to psychological and spatial dynamics. Susan completed Post Graduate study at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, 1999) She has participated in solo, group and collaborative projects in artist-run and private galleries in Australia, New Zealand and Chile as well as exhibiting in public institutions throughout Australia. Susan was a resident studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2010-12) and has been supported by various awards and grants and awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and Qantas Australia. She has undertaken residencies with The Wassaic Project, New York, and the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA. She is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.
LUZ MARIA SÁNCHEZ Sound and visual artist, Luz Maria Sánchez, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she studied both music and literature. Through the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Sánchez has focused on the role of sound in art since its inception in the 19th century through its evolution as an independent art practice in the 20th century. Within these studies, Sánchez places emphasis on radiophonic art and examines in her doctoral dissertation the radio plays of Samuel Beckett linking them to the sound practices that emerged in the mid-20th century. Working with both sound and moving images, Sánchez’s pieces are arranged to envelop the subject in a sensorial experience while preserving a feeling of physical immediacy. Her work moves in the political sphere, working with themes like the Mexican diaspora, violence in the Americas and the failure of the Nation-State.
DUNCAN GANLEY is a British artist based in London. Working with a variety of lens-based media, his work is shown internationally. Solo shows include: midnight, mid-Atlantic & Location Shots (Inman Gallery, Houston), Millennium Panic (Fire Station 3, Houston), Endless Filmset 2 (Plains Art Museum, Fargo) and Opening Shots/End Titles (Cornerhouse, Manchester). Group shows include: RE:PRINT / RE:Present (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge), I Am Not So Different (Art Palace, Austin), Learning by Doing (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Inman Gallery at Pulse (Pulse, New York), Impossible Exchange (Lawndale Art Center, Houston), A Thousand Words (Inman Gallery, Houston), Character Studies (UTSA Gallery, San Antonio) and EAST International (Norwich Gallery, Norwich). From 1999 – 2001 he was a recipient of the Core Program Studio Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Until 2008 he was Head of the Digital Imaging Department and a faculty member in the Photography Department at the Glassell School of Art / University of St. Thomas, Houston. His docu-drama film ‘midnight, mid-Atlantic…’ has been screened in the USA and UK. Duncan is currently a Lecturer in Photography and Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art / Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston.
CHERYL DONEGAN received her B.F.A. in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. at Hunter College in New York. Donegan’s work integrates the time-based, gestural forms of performance and video with forms such as painting, drawing, and installation. Direct, irreverent, and infused with an ironic eroticism, Donegan’s works put a subversive spin on issues relating to sex, gender, art-making and art history. Using her body as metaphor in her earlier works, Donegan’s performative actions before the camera often resulted in or related to process paintings and drawings. More recently, the paintings often lead the video work as Donegan derives abstraction from debased images of consumer objects and spaces. As critic Nick Stillman writes in Art Forum: “Donegan’s recent work remains acidic, but it has turned abstract.” Her work has been exhibited internationally including at the 1995 Whitney Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Tang Museum of Art; New York Film and Video Festival; 1993 Venice Biennale; and the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France. Donegan recently exhibited new work at David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, and White Flag Library in St. Louis. Donegan was a faculty member in the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Art, New York from 1997-2013. She has been a frequent seminar leader and guest critic at Yale University, was a faculty member at Skowhegan School of Drawing and Painting, Summer 2011, and a visiting artist/lecturer at numerous art programs in the United States. She lives in New York with her two sons and husband, writer Kenneth Goldsmith.
MICHAEL VELLIQUETTE is a mixed media artist working in drawing, collage, and sculpture, and is most known for his works with cut paper. These works engage the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness. Velliquette’s work insists on a new spiritual vocabulary—one that combines aspects of early 20th century formalism, and contemporary sensibilities about the handmade, with the visual lexicon he has developed in his works over the past decade. Velliquette’s vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental, and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as eyes, flowers, feathers, and mandalas. Art, architecture, and design from broad periods and places inform this work. However, there are rarely direct quotes—they maintain a certain ambiguity over how, when, and where they were made. Color also plays a powerful role in Velliquette’s work and acts to convey a sense of optical fullness, or visual generosity in the viewer. The labor-intensive nature of Velliquette’s practice is also foregrounded in much of his work and correlates to a kind of studio-induced mindfulness.
TATIANA ISTOMINA is a Russian-born multi-media artist living in New York. She holds a PhD in geophysics from Yale University (2010) and MFA from Parsons New School (2011). Her works have been shown at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, and UC Irvine, among other venues; she had solo exhibition in New York and Houston. Istomina has completed several artist residencies, including the ACA residency (Florida, 2012), the Core Program (Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, 2012-13), and the Bronx Museum’s AIM program (New York, 2014). She was nominated for the Kandinsky prize and Dedalus foundation fellowship and received awards such as the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the American Austrian Foundation Prize for Fine Arts.
BARRON SHERER (b. 1967, Rock Hill, South Carolina) is a Miami-based time based media artist, archivist and researcher. His films and videos have screened locally, nationally, and internationally. His experimental film/video and photography installations generally incorporate repurposed sound and images and he creates referential and critical works by juxtapositions and chance. Sherer’s installations are also media archeology in a fine art milieu. Motion pictures, photo fragments and detritus are often rephotographed, optically printed and projected with notions of the fetishism of spectatorship. His work features examinations of cinema’s conventions and images as a product, while questioning cultural memory and modernity. Sherer has also curated and co-produced many film programs and festivals for local cinemas, museums, galleries and moving image archives. As a film archivist and preservationist, he has researched thousands of moving images for award-winning productions including Academy Award nominated films such as The Weather Underground, Milk, and The Cove. Sherer has a B.A. in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. In 2015, He co-founded Obsolete Media Miami (O.M.M.), which is Cannonball Miami and Warhol Foundation supported. O.M.M. is also a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge winner. This experimental art project functions as a makerspace for analog media techniques and A/V club with scheduled audiovisual presentations, lectures, performances, collaborations and workshops that showcase obsolete media materials in new contexts.
SAUL LEVINE Saul Levine, born in New Haven Connecticut, is a maker and advocate of avant- garde film and more recently video. He is currently a professor at MassArt where he has taught for over 30 years and programmed the longstanding MassArt Film Society. His work has been screened nationally and worldwide, most recently in Ontario, MOMA (NYC), Lima and Prague. He is based in Boston and hardly leaves town.
LIZ RODDA is an Austin, Texas based artist working primarily in video and sculpture. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at David Shelton Gallery and Lawndale Contemporary Art Center (Houston, TX) and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (St. Augustine, FL). Past screenings and group exhibitions include The Festival of (In)Appropriation, The Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY); The Texas Biennial, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio, TX); Surf Club, Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA); and Kiss The Future, Schwartz Gallery (London, UK). Rodda was a 2015 artist-in-residence at Fountainhead (Miami, Florida), and is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas State University, School of Art and Design.