Carol Jazzar - Contemporary Art presents PRESENT TENSE FUTURE PERFECT
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PRESENT TENSE FUTURE PERFECT
curated by Teka Selman
December 4 - January 26, 2014
Present Tense Future Perfect
Curated by Teka Selman
Liz Magic Laser
Carol Jazzar is pleased to present Present Tense Future Perfect, an exhibition curated by Teka Selman, including works by Sadie Barnette, Wyatt Gallery, Deborah Grant, Sheree Hovsepian, Duron Jackson, Simone Leigh and Liz Magic Laser.
Present Tense Future Perfect considers what ideas and images emerge from the space between present and future, the moment when reality and possibility collide. With works that convey the tension between pessimism and idealism, spirituality and nihilism, representation and conceptualism, the artists in the exhibition engage the complexity of contemporary socio-political concerns, revealing, reimagining and reworking common materials, familiar tropes, and recognizable images to explore cultural experience as a product of perspective.
Sadie Barnette (Los Angeles) and Deborah Grant (New York) employ text, word play and familiar imagery to push beyond straightforward interpretations of the vernacular towards a more nuanced understanding of visual culture. Duron Jackson (New York) crafts monumental objects and challenging installations out of common materials, demonstrating the surprising power of the overlooked artifacts of everyday existence. Sheree Hovsepian (New York) and Wyatt Gallery (New York) make photographic works that test the boundaries of the form. On the one hand, Hovsepian's abstract photograms reconsider how the act of photography itself is a substantive art, while Gallery's images demonstrate the power of representation in spaces of destruction. Simone Leigh (New York) and Liz Magic Laser's (New York) collaborative video work with opera singer Alicia Hall Moran considers representations of female crisis in popular culture to tease out the tension between truth and fiction, virtuosic performance and cathartic release.
Though they work in a diverse range of practices, the artists in Present Tense Future Perfect share an interest in cultivating rich conversations in sites of ambiguity, whether mined from the tension of the present moment or chimera of a perfect future.
Teka Selman received an MA in Visual Cultures: Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmith's, University of London and a BA in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Past curatorial projects include Configured at Benrimon Contemporary, New York; Here at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and Lightbox: Jota Castro, Rigsbee Hall, Durham, NC. Selman has lectured on contemporary art at institutions including the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; the Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC; the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; and the International Curators Forum at the Venice Biennale, Italy. Her writing on artists such as Mark Bradford, Coco Fusco and Kara Walker has been featured in publications including The Black Moving Cube (The Green Box Kunstedition, 2006), Freestyle (Studio Museum in Harlem, 2001), NY Arts Magazine, and OneWorld Magazine.
Exhibition on view through January 26, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION BREAKFAST
WEDNESDAY, DEC 4, 2013
9 AM - 1 PM
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THURSDAY, DEC 5, 2013
8 PM - 12 AM
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DEC 4 - 8, 2013
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