Artist Curated Projects: Nothing is Accomplished
PARKER JONES is pleased to announce Artist Curated Projects. While this continues the gallery’s mission of showcasing the work of emerging artists, for this exhibition the artist-as-curator is given consideration.
The artists Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael began Artist Curated Projects in July, 2008, and have realized twenty-four projects since then, always with artists they believed deserved closer inspection, and always in non-traditional exhibition spaces, most often the home of a volunteer. For this project, ACP will operate within the ‘white cube’ and existing infrastructure of a commercial gallery.
The ubiquitous five-week exhibition duration has been divided into six sections. The first, which is curated by Fowler and Michael, will be a two week exhibition of the work of recent graduate from the California College of the Arts, Lee Maida. The remaining three weeks have been given expanded gallery hours and will be a seamless succession of four four-day solo shows, each by an artist selected by a guest curator chosen by Fowler and Michael, with a screening taking place at the end. The schedule is:
Dec. 5 – 18: Lee Maida, curated by ACP
Dec. 19 – Jan. 3: gallery closed
Jan. 4 – 7: Anne McCaddon, curated by Alex Segade
Jan. 8 – 11: Laurie Nye, curated by Anna Sew Hoy
Jan. 12 – 15: William Downs, curated by A.L. Steiner
Jan. 16 – 19: Madison Brookshire, curated by Erika Vogt
Jan. 22: screening, organized by Erika Vogt
Reminder emails will go out prior to each show detailing the hours of the opening reception and which full day each respective artist will be present in the gallery to answer questions.
Madison Brookshire, Nothing is Accomplished
3/9 … the sound of the studio with the window open, playing back on my tape deck with the window open, in the studio. Layers of reality and recording. 3/10 Made another recording today, during the day, which I liked much less than the one I made last night. Will try again tonight. Not sure what I’m after, yet, but I like the feeling of being on the track of something. … 3/11 Listening to last night’s recording. It is pleasing to be unable to immediately apprehend what is the noise of the apparatus itself and what is the recording. 3/15 The tape I made at dawn, labeled “very soft, nearly white”, has a beautiful color to it… but the sound of morning birds places it a little too well, as the sounds of my neighbors on the other side… started to define a space … The inseparability of the color from the foreground of the recording—that, I think, may be what I like in these recordings. The birds, however, are few and far between. Maybe they are interesting incidents, little breaks in the surface. … 3/17 Listening now to the tape I made last night. … Very fine. Considered making another recording at dawn and decided against it. … The morning birds started singing before the half-hour of tape would have expired. I think this would have located the recording too much. The birds signify, whereas the dogs are just sound. It is important not to have signifiers in these recordings, maybe. It must be about perception. The signifier, in this sense, is a cliché; the unnamable sound is direct perception (framed and mediated by the recording apparatus, of course, but immediate in the sense that it is not filtered [diluted?] by language). 3/28 All art—no—every recording has some element of the lyrical about it because there is a mind on the other end of the recording. The decision to record, the moment that stretches and distorts time itself, has an incisive quality to it. Even the blandest recordings—intentionally bland, intentionally gray—are colored by the romance of that phenomenological imprint. “I was here—and I wanted you to have this.”
Madison Brookshire is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited his interdisciplinary work widely, including a residency at the Hammer Museum, performances at The Lab, The Wulf and Betalevel and screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, REDCAT and the Los Angeles Filmforum. He studied cinema, philosophy and music at Binghamton University and the California Institute of the Arts and currently works in the education department at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.