RECEPTION: JANUARY 18th, 2013 from 6-9 PM
Exhibition runs from January 14th - January 19th
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, California
curated by Alex Kitnick
Shiva Aliabadi // Bryan Bankston // Estephany Campos // Katy Cowan // Andrew Currey // Jamie Grace Davis // David Del Francia // Marcela Gottardo // Marissa Johnen // Angie Kim // Sofia Londono // Allison Peck // Sweet Samson
Katy Cowan, a student in the show, grew up on Snake Road in Wisconsin. When I walked into her studio she had some pieces of paper on the ground with the words Snake Road written on them, in some kind of dashed-off DIY font. She was preparing to make a silkscreen to make some T-shirts for her brothers for the holidays…
A snake is like a road and a road is like a snake. Both slither and turn and take shape. You never quite know where they’re going to go or where they’ll lead. You might find a snake on the side of the road. Be careful!
In the first semester we read about the Long Tail, a new economic paradigm in which niche markets and special interests account for more purchasing power than the old head of mass markets and blockbuster hits. (The book by the business consultant Chris Andersen is called The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, but we read the script for Mark Leckey’s performance of the same name.) Just a few weeks later we read Gilles Deleuze on control societies. By chance he talked about the complex coils of the serpent that form the Society of Control, the endlessness of training and the malleability of power, and there seemed to be echoes of the Long Tail in his thinking (or vice versa). The Long Tail isn’t an endless space of fulfillment, it turns out; it’s a chain of desires that are never quite fulfilled, which creates and keeps us in search of ever new desires. We’re Linked In.
Snakes again. Snakes like roads again. Endless journeys without destination again. Serpent Road. Long Tail Road. So much to explore, but exploring is hard work too. Long flicking sexed things that are like roads that we journey down. Roads to nowhere? we wonder sometimes driving down Los Angeles’ roads. Sometimes it feels that way. This exhibition isn’t a scenic overpass; it’s a pit stop on the side of Snake Road. We’re burrowing in on the side of the road like a bunch of moles. A molehill on the side of Snake Road. The students dug into the ground and kicked this stuff out.
It’s the first year exhibition, but we’re only about half way through the first year really. There’s a lot to figure out; we’re always figuring out. The viewer will notice a lot of playing with materials and a lot of processes being employed here. We’re trying to make mountains out of molehills.