Alter Space presents a week-long open studio for current artist-in-residence Joshua Hagler.
Following a three-month period at Alter Space’s Jail Cell Residency, Berkeley-based artist Joshua Hagler presents "In The Box Beneath The City," an experimental graphic novel in progress. To create the work, Hagler invited acquaintances and colleagues to be interviewed in the gallery’s basement jail cell. While every interview varies from the next, each interviewee is asked the same first question: “How do you plead?”
The graphic novel makes use of a similar method Hagler employed in the animated video project "The Evangelists," which first screened in March 2012 at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco and then the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Rather than being animated, the interviews underpinning "In The Box Beneath The City" are hand recorded in sketchbooks and reframed within the graphic novel format, creating gray area between fiction and non-fiction.
In addition to the graphic novel, Hagler is also hard at work on "The Unsurrendered" a series of paintings for a solo show at the University of Illinois' Figure One Gallery this March. Alter Space will present these paintings along with the graphic novel and other projects created in the artist’s studio over the course of 2012.
Copies of Hagler's previous graphic novel, "The Boy Who Made Silence" published by Markosia in early 2012 will also be on hand during the course of the week. A signed limited edition of 50 will be on sale for $25 each.
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The Jail Cell Residency Program at Alter Space
Joshua Hagler's website
Joshua Hagler's blog The Religion of Progress