So To Speak, an exhibition devoted to the translation of images to words, at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn opening March 22, 2012!
So To Speak was selected to be exhibited at BRIC Rotunda Gallery from March 22 to April 28, 2012 through a competition for the Loris Ledis Emerging Curator Award. This exhibition has been taking form in my mind for several years now, and I am ecstatic to have to opportunity to realize it! But the costs entailed in shipping the four key artworks by Fiona Banner, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, and Klub Zwei to Brooklyn exceed the exhibition's allotted budget, and So To Speak needs support to be realized according to its original vision!
Here is a brief description of So To Speak:
What, precisely, does it mean to say a picture is worth a thousand words? A truism often reiterated in our image-saturated culture, the idea that images outpace words in their communicative potential and economy of expression drives the logic behind a great deal of contemporary cultural production. What assumptions are encapsulated within that cliché? And when that weary saying is mobilized, what is left out of the picture, so to speak?
An exhibition that creates an encounter between visual and verbal forms of representation, So to Speak brings together the work of four artists that weigh the difference between these two forms of expression, reflecting on the faults, slippages, and tensions that arise when representing images with words. So To Speak presents artworks that question the status of the photographic image as a purveyor of truth, and the pervasiveness of still and moving images within the current visual regime. The exhibition’s title itself points to the act of rephrasing, “so to speak” having originated in the early 1800’s as an apology for the use of the vernacular to reiterate an idea. In each of the works by Fiona Banner, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, and Klub Zwei, verbal accounts unfold to transmit imagery.
The $2500 will support the shipping for Fiona Banner's Smokey Nude, artist fees, and a transfer of the Hollis Frampton film. If the kickstarter fund goes over I will add it to the artists fees!
For this Kickstarter campaign Melinda McDaniel will be creating brand new, limited-edition prints from her Movie Lines series, which will be shown as part of So To Speak:
Fiona Banner is an English sculptor and conceptual artist. She had her first solo exhibition at City Racing, London, in 1994, and in the following year was included in General Release: Young British Artists at the XLVI Venice Biennale. In 2002 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. She has held exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Glasglow, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen,The Power Plant, Toronto, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010, she produced new work for a Duveen Hall commission at Tate Britain. She studied at Kingston Polytechnic, Surrey (1986–9), and at Goldsmiths' College of Art in London (1992–3).
Fiona Banner's Smokey Nude (2006):
Hollis Frampton was an avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, and writer/theoretician. Alongside Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton was a leading pioneer of abstract expression in American film, known primarily as a structural filmmaker. His most significant work is arguably Zorns Lemma (1970), a film which drastically altered perceptions of experimental film at the time. After Zorns Lemma, he made the Hapax Legomena films, a series of seven films of which explored the relation between sound and cinema, an area often disregarded in American avant-garde film. Poetic Justice explores a “cinema of the mind”, wherein the film takes place in the viewers’ imagination(s) as they read title cards. His final major film project was a monumental project called Magellan, named after the explorer who first circumnavigated the world. Magellan was intended to be shown as a calendrical cycle, one film for each day of the year. One film from the cycle, Magellan: Drafts and Fragments, is exemplary of Frampton’s ambition to create a personal “meta-history” of film. The last few years of his life, Frampton taught at SUNY Buffalo, writing, working on Magellan and ongoing photographic projects with fellow artist and wife Marion Faller, and investigating the relationship between computers and art.
Hollis Frampton's Poetic Justice (1972) is a 31-minute film narrated by a series of hand written sheets describing each scene:
In Melinda McDaniel's work, photography becomes part of a much more expansive process resulting in an array of objects from collage to sculpture. Photographs are deconstructed then reconstructed again, remixing their original content to produce new meanings. Melinda McDaniel received her BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University and her MFA in Photography from Ohio State University. She has held solo exhibitions at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, NY and her work has been included in group exhibitions at University Art Museum, University at Albany, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY. She currently teaches at University at Albany, The State University of New York and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Melinda McDaniel’s Movie Lines uses the short, one-line descriptions for movies found in television programming menus to deal with issues of present day attention spans, and absurdist economies of paraphrasing:
Klub Zwei is a collective formed by Simone Bader and Jo Schmeiser that has existed since 1992, focusing on current issues in social policy and their presentation in film and television. Klub Zwei is interested in reflecting critically on the way the media depicts social matters. They have been exhibited widely in Europe including solo exhibitions at Kunst im Kasten, Stuttgart; Galerie der Secession, Wien, Vienna; Bétonsalon, Paris;Austrian Cultural Forum, London; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Kunstraum Goethestraße, Linz and have been in group exhibitions at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Warschau; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA); Galerie der HGB, Leipzig; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien; Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, among many others. Simone Bader is German, Jo Schmeiser is Austrian; both live and work in Vienna.
Klub Zwei’s film Black and White: the other side of images presents a discussion of documentation from the holocaust to open up a larger conversation on the use of photographs as historic documents.
Bric Rotunda Gallery is run by the BRIC Contemporary Art Program of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, a not-for-profit arts organization. Since its inception in 1979, BRIC has enriched the cultural landscape of Brooklyn by presenting, producing and enabling a wide array of quality contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs. As a non-profit arts organization, BRIC has been a leader in innovation in the arts and media, a proud participant in the revitalization of Prospect Park and a champion of arts education through our programs.
BRIC reaches upwards of a million Brooklyn residents each year with compelling and accessible programs. Individuals, non-profits, community groups, school children, educators and artists borough-wide all benefit from our exhibitions, performances, television programs, and education programs as well as the subsidized platforms we offer for artists and community members to develop and present works.
For more information, please see: http://www.bricartsmedia.org/about
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A custom-made, large-scale diagram (20" x 30") tracing the curatorial thought process and the influences that created So To Speak. Conversations with artists, readings in arts and literature, and years of incubation, all represented on a single plane. This reward will be delivered in addition to the invitation to dinner, the personal tour, the archival poster, a copy of the exhibition postcard and brochure, a lovingly-penned thank you note, and a thank you on museumofmonday.com!Estimated delivery:
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An archival, limited-edition print (20" x 16") by exhibiting artist Melinda McDaniel from her 'Movie Lines' series, produced exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign!!! The print will be accompanied by the invitation to dinner, the personal tour, the archival poster, a copy of the exhibition postcard and brochure, a lovingly-penned thank you note, and a thank you on museumofmonday.com!Estimated delivery:
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