ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Latham Zearfoss - Threewalls - January 23rd, 2015 - March 21st, 2015 <div class="col col-3 block main-content"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Latham Zearfoss&rsquo; immersive sound installation in the Project Room revolves around the consensual, the hopeful, the tentative and tenuous YES, through an echoing reverberation of layered recordings of the repeated word. For Zearfoss, affirmation is ritual. Our digital lives form around the most minute likenesses and passing acknowledgments; a marginal creed of yes-ness permeates our social networks and forms of interactions. But how does the interconnectivity of the isolated potentially re-inscribe that same isolation, by creating platforms of easy approval? Here, the human need to be seen and heard is validated as call &ndash; &ldquo;do you hear me?&rdquo; &ndash; and response &ndash; &ldquo;yes, yes we do.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Latham Zearfoss</strong> is an artist and cultural producer living and working in Chicago. His artwork often centers on reclaiming historical, mythological and open-source texts, and revising them to incorporate radical notions of love and sex, possibility and probability. His commitment to art and activism has also manifested in the creation of sporadic, temporary utopias like Pilot TV and Chances Dances. Lathamgraduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2008 and the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MFA in 2011. He has exhibited his work internationally and all over the U.S.</p> </div> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:28:01 +0000 Jaime Davidovich - Threewalls - January 23rd, 2015 - March 21st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><strong>Outreach: 1974-1984</strong></em> is the first solo exhibition in Chicago of video and television works by the pioneering, overlooked Argentine artist Jaime Davidovich, curated by Daniel Quiles. This show examines the dynamic ten-year period in which Davidovich transitioned from formalist experiments with installation and video to producing public-access cable television programs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Davidovich first exhibited paintings in 1958 and moved to New York City in 1963, where he developed a mode of post-minimalism based around the application of strips of adhesive tape to gallery walls. In the early 1970s, Davidovich began to use videotape as well, gradually began producing his own videos that methodically reflected on his immediate environment in downtown New York City: his studio and the city block directly outside it. In 1976, he became a founding member of Cable SoHo, one of the earliest initiatives toward artist-made television, and in 1978 became president of the Artists&rsquo; Television Network. Between 1979 and 1984 he produced <em>The Live! Show</em> for the Manhattan Cable Television, on which he appeared as his TV personality, Dr. Videovich&mdash;a specialist in television addiction. Throughout this period, certain of Davidovich&rsquo;s projects, among them<em> La patria vac&iacute;a</em> (Empty Fatherland, 1975) and<em> Evita Then and Now: A Video Scrapbook</em> (1984), reflected on ongoing political problems in Argentina from an expatriate&rsquo;s perspective.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Three programs of Davidovich&rsquo;s work will rotate over the course of the six-week exhibition. Each of these will feature work from a range of dates that attests to rapid transformations in the artist&rsquo;s sensibility and technological possibilities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will include archival materials from the artist&rsquo;s communications with both art and broadcasting institutions and a collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">ACRE TV</a>, an artist-made livestreaming television network featuring live and canned videos, performances, durational works and experimental broadcasts. ACRE TV will present a live performance event and works by Davidovich will be incorporated into ACRE TV&rsquo;s broadcast stream <a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>Direct Object/Direct Action, </strong></em><strong>which also has an open call until November 25, 2014</strong>,</a> and will be installed and broadcast in the gallery during the run of the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Other programs will include screenings with programmer Robyn Farrell as well as panel discussions on the subject of artist broadcast television.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Daniel Quiles</strong> is an Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches courses on the postwar art of the Americas. He received his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010, and is currently completing a book manuscript titled Ghost Messages: Argentine Conceptualism, 1965&ndash;72. He is also an art critic who writes for Artforum, Burlington Magazine, among others. He was a 2003&ndash;2004 Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and recently received a 2013 Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.</p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:27:16 +0000