BLACK

In recent work, I conjure the spirit of historian, archaeologist or sightseer in order to mirror narratives of nation building, the exotic or nostalgic past. Official and unofficial voices emanate throughout the work, mimicking how personal memories are defined by and carved out of the collective or artifact. Visual acts of repetition, negative/positive inversions, and many hidden layers of material process and labor allude to pattern creation/misrecognition, altered scripts, or public records boxed up...

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Concerning ‘Carbon Traces’

Concerning ‘Carbon Traces’

Patrick Kelly The quality of black in the drawings is dense. It is compacted over time from the meticulous tracing of cut out shapes, used as jigs, as they rotate on the page. The pencil shimmers reflecting and absorbing light. The drawings become a record or fossil of the life and energy on the page. The surface reflects my hand back to me as I draw, like a black mirror showing me the overwhelming...

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In Trying Times, Don’t Quit Trying

In Trying Times, Don’t Quit Trying

Adam Williams In Trying Times, Don’t Quit Trying addresses the transformation and bastardization of information. The photographs and sculptures illustrate the laymen’s attempt at survival in the event (or in preparation) of an unnamed disaster. By appropriating basic, accessible and utilitarian information from survival manuals and websites and re-presenting it in the context of a visual narrative, I invalidate the categorical and didactic nature of that information. I have culled information for these works...

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Back Through Black

Back Through Black

Marcy Hermansader Back through war Back through black Back toward silence Back toward mystery In 2007 I began making collages out of black paper in response to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was so opposed to these wars that just thinking about them seemed to drop a dark veil over my vision. This work was made slowly, like something growing, giving me time to reflect on the special qualities of the color...

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Black Manifold

Black Manifold

Black Manifold is a series of short experimental works that delve into how Black operates as sociopolitical force, a slate that can mark a beginning as well as an end, while also engaging with the tactility of film and the theatricality of cinema. Here, Black becomes pure flux, the becoming-imperceptible of self and night; the embrace of stars, the velvet of infinite depths. Dawn is its blanket. It folds all within itself, dreams, thought...

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(Untitled) Syncope

Pat Boas and Simon Boas For it always happened that when I awoke like this, and my mind struggled in an unsuccessful attempt to discover where I was, everything revolved around me through the darkness: things, places, years.” — MP, Swann’s Way   A short while ago, during a medical test meant to induce syncope (a medical term for fainting), I did just that: floating for some moments in an unnamable state, a time during...

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White Noise

White Noise

Bethany Collins As my father says, one side is unusually—even compulsively—documented, and the other is a black hole that, when you call into it—Who are you?—it only swallows the very question.”   “(Unrelated),” (White Noise series), 2012, Chalk on chalkboard, 48” x 70” I am interested in the unnerving possibility of multiple meanings, dual perceptions, and limitlessness in the seemingly binary. My current body of language-based work– made up of chalkboard drawings, dictionary erasures...

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Romance in Black

Romance in Black

Christopher Carroll MIDWAY upon the journey of our life / I found myself within a forest dark, / For the straightforward pathway had been lost. – Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy Tree Line (summer), 2011, monoprint and inkwash on panel. This series of paintings exposes me as a Romantic within the wider, perhaps more pragmatic, scope of contemporary art but it also connects me to a dynamic historical movement, at once nostalgic and mystical....

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