05.22.2003

Location One Artists In Residence Group Exhibition

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Opening Reception Thursday, May 22, 2003 6-8pm
Location One Artists In Residence Group Exhibition
Daniel Blaufuks, Isabelle Jenniches, Dominik Lejman, Javier Viver,
Jiun-Ting Lin
May 22, 2003-June 28, 2003
Gallery hours: Tue- Sat 12- 6 PM
26 Greene Street NYC 10013
Subway: Canal Street- N, R, Q, W, 6, A, C, E
www.location1.org
On Thursday, May 22, Location One, a not-for-profit multimedia arts
organization, will open its second artists in residence group exhibition
with multimedia work developed during their stay by Daniel Blaufuks
(Portugal), Isabelle Jenniches (The Netherlands), Dominik Lejman
(Poland),
Jiun-Ting Lin (Taiwan), and Javier Viver (Spain). This exhibition will
be on
view in Location One’s gallery through June 28, 2003 and will be
streamed
live on our website (www.location1.org).
Based on the work of the French writer George Perec, “A Perfect Day” by
Daniel Blaufuks takes us to the peaceful world of postcards, filled with
pools, beaches, mountains, lakes and, above all, blue skies. George
Perec
wrote Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Color; these short,
happy messages, which sometimes remind us of our daily e-mails, are
combined
here with postcards chosen by the artist, creating a new reading of the
original words. Parallel to this, Blaufuks presents a video series,
catalogued as Perec would, with titles such as “Pools”, “Mountains”,
“Water”, “Beach”, “Road”, bringing us closer to the original ideas of
the
writer. One could speak almost of the boredom of the perfect day. Daniel
Blaufuks has been working extensively on the relation between
photography
and literature, through works like “My Tangier” (with the writer Paul
Bowles) and the more recent “Collected Short Stories”.
Isabelle Jenniches comes from a background of scenography and theater.
Her
more recent explorations focus on the open-ended yet highly ritualized
postures of real life. Her newest work, “true looks” takes place in a
SoHo
furniture store. The artist’s friends and colleagues – a dancer, a
cook, a
choir member – become covert protagonists. Mingling with the clients,
shop
assistants and teamsters, they are instructed to initiate subtle
dramatic
occurrences amidst the beds and sofas. Everyday patterns of consumer
behavior are being poached, subverted into micro-dramatic moments that
are
followed and captured by the store’s webcam system.
Jenniches’ second project, “readers in the subway,” zooms in on
commuters
engrossed in their books. Seemingly oblivious to the noise and the ads,
cramped, wearing thick layers of winter clothes, they each escape into
their
own thoughts, creating a bubble around themselves. Expression, body
language
and the occasional book title offer an intimate glimpse of that inner
world.
Focusing in on this one particular group of people reveals nuances of a
larger human condition and taps into the collective consciousness of the
moment: the video stills and sound bites create a snapshot of what was
on
peoples’ mind during the NYC Winter of 2003.
In “Video murals – social surfaces,” Dominik Lejman employs direct
recordings of crowds and urban gatherings he has filmed. This original
footage is then rendered into a purely abstracted form by the artist
through
the creation of ornamental crowd motifs that are projected on the wall.
The
projection on the wall is equivalent to painting’s surface for the
emerging
pattern of repetition. In Lejman’s words, “the structure of the mass
ornament is abstract, but is not a mere abstraction. The aesthetic
pleasure
provided by the statistical tapestries is a form of information
anesthesiology. It neutralizes the fact of being a product of a shared
destiny and organic life, the function of individual personalities with
unique souls”.
“Central Air Condition (Use and Care)” is a work dedicated to the
conditioning role of the information we ‘inhale’ on a daily basis, and
its
physical effect on our survival. The gallery space is conditioned by the
synthesis of information extracted from the media – creating a glass
house
effect, whereby information is reduced to temperature, humidity and
ventilation conditions. The impact is direct. In this project, the
ornamental, floral pattern designed for the gallery is created from
recorded
images of crowds in motion, both real and virtual.
Jiun-Ting Lin is the first recipient at Location One of the Yageo
Tech-Art
Award of the ACC.
If “installation art” gives the audience a spatial perception at a fixed
point in time, then Jiun-Ting Lin’s work can be experienced as “time and
space installations.” His current work, “Psyche-Zone,” attempts to
create a
space in which the viewer experiences shifts of sensation between
immediate
perspective and experiential memory, a certain place in the “here and
now,”
simultaneously representing the infinite unfolding of the “there and
then.”
In his installations, Jiun-Ting Lin attempts to create a time and space
that
is sealed like a capsule, devoid of “venue” meaning, distinct from
heterogeneous art space or undefined “wasteland space.”
Javier Viver is currently developing EspHeM, a utopian company whose
mission
is to offer a new formula of portable habitat prototypes. Through the
appropriation of packaging systems, EspHeM questions the concepts of
material security in a mass consumer-driven society. During the
exhibition,
prototypes of temporary living structures will be displayed in a booth,
while general information on EspHeM can be accessed at www.esphem.com,
a
website that the artist created largely during his residency.
LOCATION ONE’S INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The central purpose of Location One’s International Residency Program
is to
encourage collaboration by inviting artists from all over the world and
different media to experiment with advanced technological tools and
delivery
systems, and to develop new work. We encourage artists at all levels of
experience to participate: they are given studio space, unprecedented
technical support and guidance, and access to computer-assisted digital
tools.
SPONSORS:
Asian Cultural Council; Center for Dansk Billedkunst (DCA Foundation);
Denmark Statens Kunstfond (National Endowments for the Arts, Denmark);
Det
Danske Kultur Institut, Denmark; Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, Vormgeving
en
Bouwkunst (Netherlands); Fundacio Marcelino Botín (Spain); Fundação
Calouste
Gulbenkian (Portugal); Kosciuszko Foundation; Luso-American Development
Foundation; The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation; Polish Cultural
Institute
in New York; Trust for Mutual Understanding; Yageo Corporation, (Taiwan)
(The Yageo Corporation of Taiwan has recently created the “Yageo
Tech-Art
Award of the ACC”, a special annual award enabling a Taiwanese artist to
participate in Location One International Residency Program for 6
months.
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