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October 10, 7 - 9 pm, Reception for Confluence artist David Carlson and the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts National Conferees. For more information please visit the event page.
October 16, 6 - 8 pm, Reception at the Ashton for Richard Dana, Allison Gregory and Cathy Drennan
Ocotber 24, 6 - 9 pm, Opening for self-published, John M. Bennett, Sophia Le Fraga, Lanny Quarles, Spencer Selby, Alan Sondheim, Margaret Withers and Erik H Zepka
Confluence, video installations
Opening Reception September 13, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates, September 13 – October 11, 2014
Cohn Drennan Contemporary will partner with the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, hosted by Southern Methodist University October 9 – 12, 2014 with a series of video installations by Washington, DC artist, David Carlson. The series will open September 13 and culminate with a presentation by the artist October 10th during the SLSA conference.
The 2014 SLSA Conference will be about how the concept of fluid in the arts, sciences, and humanities evokes multiple, overlapping definitions that work across and around the edges of disciplinary boundaries. Fluid can describe the property of flow, particles that move freely among themselves and that form and deform under pressure. It can refer to liquids both bodily and cultural, for example, blood and capital. It evokes anything that is not solid, fixed, or stable.
Four videos, Flow, Confluence, Cyrcle and Water in the Sky, will be installed at the gallery. Through video, I isolate water from its natural surroundings and place it into circumstance that opens the audience to a state of receptivity and thought not normally associated with water. Images form a bridge between the consciousness of the water and the consciousness of the viewer. I don’t tame the water. It is uncontrolled except for compositional placement, contrast and time shifts. Improvising, to isolate, as to see the quiddity of the water within the space is the objective. – David Carlson
David Carlson was selected for this project due to his video installations exploring water that have recently been exhibited at the 6th World Water Forum in Aix en Provence, France, the Take Me to the River cultural exchange project at the Iturria Foundation in Montevideo, Uruguay, and purchased by the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC.
For more information about Confluence or for more information about Cohn Drennan Contemporary, please go to www.cohndrennancontemporary.com or call 214.708.8051 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is located at 4118 Commerce, Dallas, TX and hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday 12:00 to 7:00 p.m
John M. Bennett, Sophia Le Fraga, Lanny Quarles, Spencer Selby, Alan Sondheim, Margaret Withers and Erik H Zepka
Opening Reception October 24, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates, October 24 – November 29, 2014
Sophia Le Fraga, from SOUS-TITRE, 2014, archival digital print, 15 x 13 inches
Cohn Drennan Contemporary has invited a group of artists to participate in an examination of the designation, self-published, with Lanny Quarles as the curator of the exhibition. In self-published, I haven't attempted to skirt the semantic nature of the subject, but embrace it. Some of these examples fulfill both categories easily, and by that I mean, the artist is both publishing some version of a self, or selfhood, but also taking the reins of production into their own hands, whatever that means exactly, or inexactly. - Quarles.
John M. Bennett is a major figure in the American small press scene. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at the Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.
Sophia Le Fraga is a New York artist and writer and has published and shown widely, most recently with SALTS at Art Basel, Geneva. Her recent work W8ING 4 has been called a conceptual video-poem, a contemporary revision of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. She also teaches at the experimental art school BHQFU in New York where she lives. In Self-Published, Sophia will show several of her poems made from film-still subtitles.
Lanny Quarles is an artist, writer, and curator in Dallas. Long known for his blogs Phaneronoemikon, and Jellybean Weirdo with Electric Snake Fang, he studied with Jim Pomeroy in the New Genres program at UTA which combined performance and computer art. In 2006 Quarles was curated into the Tate Modern exhibition, Poetry and Dream, and currently creates poetry from found film stills to which he adds para-textual captions.
Spencer Selby is based out of San Francisco and has been an active member of the underground writing community since the eighties. In 1993 he created The List of Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines. Available on the web at www.selbylist.com, the list has become an important source of info for innovative writers and artists around the world. He also has written one of the definitive volumes on international film noir, which also happens to partially inform the work visible in this show which combines yesteryear portraiture with contemporary glitch culture.
Alan Sondheim is a well-known theorist of the virtual self, and has been publishing his own in virtually every kind of social media since the inception of the internet (and well before!). He is a writer, philosopher, teacher, artist, and an activist, as well as a film maker and musician, and not necessarily in any kind of order. He spent some time in Dallas as a faculty member at UTD and now Alan lives and creates with his life partner Azure Carter in Providence RI. Most recently he has been working through a set of issues related to issues of terrorism and ISIS.
Margaret Withers is a Brooklyn based artist contributing her Transliteration project which utilizes Google Translate, Google Earth, and Google NGRAM as a basis for reworking the mottos and seals of the fifty states that debuted at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival. Originally from Texas, Withers has exhibited her work throughout the country and extensively in New York City, Massachusetts and Texas, and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China, Vienna and Russia. Her work is included in multiple private collections and has won numerous awards including fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony, and a 2013 USA Project Grant.
Erik H Zepka is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in the intersections of art, science, philosophy, poetry and coincident practices. His multidimensional, polynymic work has been published, presented and exhibited internationally.
Robert Milnes Gallery Talk, July 19, 2014.