The exhibition emerges from a fuzzy memory of the last ending, told from a present-day perspective where nothing seems to end. Like a conversation hosted over social media, where sentence fragments accumulate in dribbles and spurts. Or, like the value of a stock, which fluctuates over electronic trading networks, day and night.
Looking back from within this present state, immersed in a never-ending continuum, the past begins to blur. Details from history blend with those from mythology, becoming indistinguishable, at times, from the remembered events of ones own lifetime.
Never ending-ness is like a Banquet; a feast that carries on forever. A conference is the ending; a meeting of minds, held to determine how to begin again. In the present exhibition, Kilcollin combines her own de-stabilized authorship, with a seemingly disparate range of references, from Homeric poetry, to textbook history. The works created from this pluralistic voice might suggest the shift in our cultural consciousness, as we move beyond individually stored memory into an era of dynamically exchanged “collective” knowledge.
The pieces in Banquet, Conference were created using a system of techniques unique to the artist. Kilcollin’s incorporation of algorithmic modeling, and in-house “machines” inspired by 3d printing allow for the emergence of dynamic shapes by hand-worked forms. Images become re-conceptualized as sculptural forms borne of physical elements; a presence emerges from a fleeting moment. Establishing a definite object from within a cloud of connectivity, the banquet perhaps never ends, but conferences consider ways in which to contain their consumption.
Dwyer Kilcollin (b. 1983) received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2006) and her MFA from the University of Southern California (2013). Recent shows include M+B Gallery, CA; Reilly Gallery at Smith Center for the Arts, RI; and an offsite project with LA><ART, CA. Group exhibitions include Secret Recipe, CA; Favorite Goods, CA; Tayuta Gallery, Tokyo; and an upcoming exhibition at MAMO, Art Centre, Marseille, FR. Forthcoming projects include a solo museum exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Dwyer Kilcollin lives and works in Los Angeles.