As part of Chinatown’s performance festival, Perform Chinatown, on Saturday, July 30th, Jancar Jones Gallery will present a new video work by Claire Nereim, ongoing from 8pm - 10pm, and a live performance for 35mm Kodachrome slides and cassette tape by Rick Bahto, from 10:30pm - 11:30pm.
Claire Nereim’s Time Machine (2011) is a short, looped, video that depicts four people choreographed to move between four paused tableaux in which the dots on their costumes align to create the last constellation to rise before the sun on the winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice, and autumn equinox.
Rick Bahto’s Sparse Gardens (2010) consists of a set of field recordings on tape lasting approximately 57 minutes. During the hour, 36 Kodachrome slides made in the same locations as the field recordings will be projected. Two types of gardened spaces common in Phoenix, AZ will be visually and sonically compared: the fussily landscaped strips and islands of parking lots and driveways, as well as vacant lots, bulldozed clear of buildings or natural desert, that have been re-inhabited by weeds or rogue/remnant landscaping plants.
Nereim’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Jancar Jones Gallery and the LAB, both in San Francisco and at Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Barn in Los Angeles and Jancar Jones Gallery, the LAB, PLAySPACE Gallery and Root Division in San Francisco. Nereim received a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from Cal Arts; she lives and works in Los Angeles.
Bahto’s recent projects include a performance/documentary hybrid for Super 8 film, 35 mm slides and audio cassettes created and performed in two parts at MOCA in Los Angeles. His film and performance work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Millennium Film Workshop in New York, and Royal NoneSuch Gallery in Oakland and has been included in group exhibitions, performances and screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Cinematheque, Chicago Filmmakers, Wolfart Projectspaces in Rotterdam, Director’s Lounge in Berlin, and at the Echo Park Film Center and the wulf, both in Los Angeles. Bahto received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute; he lives and works in Los Angeles.