“Static” investigates the electric buzz of communication and its effect on the tellers and the receivers. A panel discussion on “Fake News, Real News and Trust in Journalism” will kick off the run of the show.
We are inundated by information that hums like static through news and social media. It is unyielding and perhaps overwhelming. While the initial excitement of the most current event dissipates and the adrenaline rush wears off, the tempest of information is inescapable.
It seems there are two possibilities here. In the first, the information becomes a persistent battering ram while the receiver disassociates and takes on a state of pause from a lack of control. The second assumes that equilibrium will be re-established in spite of the event because forward momentum is inevitable, so the roles flip and chattering static becomes background noise.
The show investigates the relationship between art, journalism, and their ties to modern society. Art and journalism are familiar filters used to comprehend our state of being. What happens when you put the lens of art, fraught with emotionality and personal perceptions, next to the factual lens of journalism? Does it provide a more comprehensive view of the current state of affairs, or is it just a more beautiful form of static?
Among the distinguished journalists who will contribute to the discussion through their art are Molly Crabapple, whose recent pen and ink work explores scenes from daily life inside ISIS-controlled Mosul; Walter Robinson, the former news editor of Art in America and founding editor of Artnet Magazine, with paintings based on images from department store flyers that are inserted into newspapers; andNaomi Harris, with images from a recent story on traveling around America during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Jose Galvez is a former Los Angeles Times photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dani Dodge is a former newspaper reporter who covered the Iraq War in 2003 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer in 2006,Emily Goulding consults with the Investigative News Network, andAnn Elizabeth Moore is a journalist and cultural critic.
Among the artists to explore the impact of media are Lili Bernard, whose work in the show reflects her experience as a public-figure rape survivor and anti-rape activist, prominently featured in current media;Sean Noyce, who depicts our perception of others as filtered through the lenses of our digital devices; and Danial Nord, with a rhythmic rumination on the patterns of language in televised politics.
Opening reception: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Curators: Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti
Artists and Journalists: Lili Bernard, Jennifer Celio, Molly Crabapple, Dani Dodge, Jose Galvez, Emily Goulding, Kio Griffith, Naomi Harris, Ann Elizabeth Moore, Danial Nord, Sean Noyce, Max Presneill, Walter Robinson, Steven Wolkoff, and Samira Yamin
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