CHICAGO: Working mainly in video and sculpture with drawings, photographs, websites, artist books, and curated projects surfacing from the concepts that guide his work, Eric Fleischauer uses these various forms to investigate the position(s) and influence(s) that technology holds in society on both the individual and cultural level.
In POST-CURSOR Fleischauer presents a series of videos and an artist book that reflect the scattered nature of online search queries, shortened attention spans and random thoughts that are symptomatic of the excessive availability of information. Both within the individual works and between them, Fleischauer arranges text with the emphasis on reading the works and the exhibition as whole rather than in parts.
Fleischauer pushes the most basic of elements inherent to video media such as the single take or the rejection of post-production special effects to produce minimal videos that retain a “truth.” Folded into these pieces is a further layer of materiality, where certain objects are emphasized within the context of video, particularly other forms of technology like hand-held communication devices and televisions. Tapping into the formal language of video allows Fleiscahuer to remix and reorder the expansive lexicon included in the semiotics of television, film, and video to respond to its advancements, slippages, and history in order to question and challenge those changes.
Engaging the viewer in a close read, the work in POST-CURSOR invites the audience to connect to the work through the recognition of and access to the hand-held as it is melded or encoded with digital information. A hand-bound stashbook (in collaboration with Susannah Kim) hides hidden text, a video documents the deletion of coded personal information, and a series of slow, transforming images re-visualizes “truths.”
Eric Fleischauer is a Chicago-based artist whose work engages with a variety of approaches and formats to examine the ramifications of technology’s expansive influence on both the individual and cultural sphere. He has organized exhibitions and screenings in New York, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. Most recently he curated The End of Analog at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center in Chicago and WHILE WE WERE WORKING: A YouTube Curatorial Endeavor (a collaboration with Robert Snowden), which was screened in Chicago and Kansas City. His videos have been presented internationally in exhibitions such as Videonale 12 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, The Director’s Lounge Screening Series in Berlin and St Petersburg, The Santiago Bienal of Video + New Media in Chile, Color Field Remix at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Resolutions ’06 at Hallwalls Art Center in Buffalo, DRIFT at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Darktimes at LUMP Gallery in Raleigh NC, and Remember 2010? At THE GALLERY SPACE an immaterial exhibition site online. He is currently an Instructor in the Department of Film, Video, and New Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been reviewed in The Chicago Tribune, artfourm.com, NewCity, TimeOut Chicago, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.