Artists Space: Sean Snyder - 1 Dec 2010 to 13 Feb 2011
Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars (2004-05)
December 1, 2010 – February 13, 2011
Saturday, November 20, 6 - 8pm
Closed December 20, 2010 – January 4, 2011
Despite the ever-increasing amount of images we are exposed to, it could be conjectured that we see less. We see less of the image itself, overpowered by the meaning imposed by the discursive context in which it appears. But what if we displace an image from its reception on a screen or printed matter, blow it up and examine it? What if we capture video, slow it down and review it?"
Sean Snyder, Optics. Compression. Propaganda, 2007
Artists Space presents the first institutional exhibition by US artist Sean Snyder (*1972 Virginia Beach living in Berlin, Kiev and Tokyo), encompassing the breadth of his practice over the past decade.
During this period Snyder has been recognized internationally with one-person exhibitions at among others the Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam; Secession, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; and De Appel, Amsterdam, occupying a unique position with his use of research-based methodologies, in which Snyder adopts an analytical approach to the circulation of information and imagery within the global media.
Snyder's work, realized in the form of installations and publications, comprises the re-framing of found images, video, and text, alongside the presentation of material produced through his research process. Utilizing archival documentary sources such as news agencies, image data banks, and government bodies, as well as the more furtive digital sphere of blogs and chat rooms, Snyder composes studies of instances in which the material manipulation of information is exposed. Touching on subjects such as urban planning, the 'war on terror,' and the technologies of image production and dissemination, Snyder reveals the construction and transposition of ideologies through systems of representation.
The exhibition features key works including Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania (2001), which documents the presence of a replica of Southfork Ranch from the 1980s television show Dallas in post-socialist Romania; and Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars (2004-05), a work that uses footage of the conflicts in Iraq to map the consumerist impulse behind the production of images of war.
Sean Snyder's recent solo exhibitions include: Institute for Contemporary Arts, London; Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (both 2009); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (both 2007); Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; Secession, Vienna (both 2005); De Appel, Amsterdam; Neue Kunst Halle, St Gallen (both 2004).
Exhibition architecture by Jonathan Caplan
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency and The Friends of Artists Space. Special thanks to Galerie Neu, Berlin.
Jan Verwoert on Sean Snyder
Wednesday, December 8, 7pm
Berlin based art critic and occasional curator Jan Verwoert will give a talk on Sean Snyder's work. Verwoert is contributing editor for Frieze magazine, and has recently published a collection of essays with Sternberg Press titled Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and in 2008 curated the project Yes, No & Other Options for Art Sheffield 08 in Sheffield, England. He has written at length about Snyder's practice, contributing the essay 'The Silent Landscapes of Information' to the 2007 monographic publication Sean Snyder.
Artist Talk: Lucy Raven
Friday, January 28, 7pm
Artist Lucy Raven works with film, video and animation, and also the live format of the illustrated lecture, to present detailed accounts of global economic and social infrastructures. Her research-based practice also extends to writing and curating, including Nachleben (2010), a group exhibition that addressed associative thinking and image sequencing through the ideas of art historianAby Warburg. To coincide with Sean Snyder's exhibition at Artists Space, Raven will present a talk focusing on her current research.
Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman in conversation
Thursday, February 3, 7pm
Thomas Keenan (Director of the Human Rights Program at Bard College, New York) and Eyal Weizman (Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London) will be in conversation about their common research interests, reflecting on themes raised by Sean Snyder's exhibition.
Thomas Keenan is a writer and educator whose work addresses literary and political theory, the role of the media in states of conflict, and human rights. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (1997), and editor of New Media, Old Media (2005). He recently co-curated Antiphotojournalism at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, an exhibition focusing on the shifting territory of photojournalism.
Eyal Weizman is an architect, writer and curator. His research addresses human rights in relation to architecture and infrastructure, with particular reference to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. He co-curated the exhibition A Civilian Occupation at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in 2003, and his work has featured in numerous international exhibitions and biennales. He is the author of The Lesser Evil (2009) and Hollow Land (2007).
$5 Entrance Donation