June 4 to June 12, 2004
CUT AND MIX
Performance June 4, 8-10pm
Featuring works by:
Jasom Mombert, Jorge Nava, Cary Peppermint, Sal V. Ricalde and Timothy
Cut and Mix.
East and West.
Approaches to media, location, and performance.
Insert New York City and the San Diego/Tijuana region into Los
Angeles and redefine notions of 'popular' and 'experimental'.
File&Save as an eventscape, or perhaps a prototype for combining
two distinct scenes in order to create a new spatial montage:
Here, varied artistic stances are brought together into a gallery
space to question how the digital age, and its aftermath of unlimited
possibilities, can bring aesthetic, political, and locative dimensions
of the works to the forefront.
CUT AND MIX presents the work of five artists
particularly sensitive to their locales. In "One Hit Wonder"
by Jason Mombert, his dalliance with masquerade
and authentic notions of self reduce the artist to a loose array
of global signifiers out-of-whack: bling-bling, and b-boy culture
are exposed in the face of a New York art world always on the
lookout for the new. Cary Peppermint presents
excursions through 'over-exposure' in the media to convey the
concept of the Western consumer-subject, adrift without purpose
or identity, hyper-mediated and awash in the blinding light of
capital and exchange. Echoing the rapid turnover of trends and
fashion in New York City, Mombert's and Peppermint's practice
investigate the constant re-construction of the self through the
lens of pop culture, while simultaneously harnessing a criticality
towards mainstream sensibilities.
San Diego/Tijuana is the gateway to a border culture characterized
by the crossover of North and Central America. Helped by Nortec's
forward-thinking blend of electronic culture and traditional Mexican
influences, artists combine different attitudes towards examining
their place within this eclectic mix. Jorge Nava's
approach to filmmaking is that of an experimental ethnographer
influenced by the aesthetics of home movies and family vacation
videos mixed with modes of contemporary digital production. Sal
V. Ricalde's videos showcase the images and sounds of
Tijuana, and focus on the perspective of a Tijuanense media artist
investigating both the history and speculative future(s) of the
city. A protagonist of the networked, global electronic media
scene, Timothy Jaeger's database cinema is an
aggressive, stark erasure of narrative where sensation, affect,
and the pull of multiple, montaged perspectives combine together
to create a distinctly modern glance at his local environment.
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