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Monday 05.02.11

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TBA Visual Arts 2011

Jesse Sugarmann's Red Storm Rising

PICA has just announced its TBA ON SIGHT visual arts lineup for 2011. The theme seems to be a broad institutional critique with the title, "Evidence of Bricks: The building up, but mostly tearing down, of institutions, societies, structures and ideas." Highlights will probably be Oregonians Patrick Rock and Jesse Sugarmann, both of whom use giant inflatables few curators in Portland have the Cajones to use (Rock's gender-bending Hermaphrodite Simulacra shown here in 2005 is simply the baddest inflatable art piece I've ever encountered). Last year's TBA offerings (with the theme "Human Beings")were both excellent (Charles Atlas, John Smith etc) and somewhat inconsistent in the way that festival art tends to be and the sheer number of artists this year indicates another ambitious lineup.

PICA's press release list:

TBA ON SIGHT is a collection of installations, exhibitions, projections, and gatherings by visual artists, curated and organized by Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Curator for PICA.

Evidence of Bricks: The building up, but mostly tearing down, of institutions, societies, structures and ideas.

Claire Fontaine [FRANCE]

Claire Fontaine is a Paris-based collective, founded in 2004. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a "readymade artist" and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people's work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today.

Kate Gilmore [NEW YORK]

In Kate Gilmore's art, she devises strenuous, physical propositions without clear, purposeful outcomes. Whether kicking and climbing out of a drywall column, stacking shelves with paint-filled pots, or maintaining her balance atop a pile of marble being sledge-hammered from beneath her, Gilmore’s actions assert a dogged persistence, dark humor, and a stark sense of risk.

Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Don’t Worry We’ll Fix It [PORTLAND]

The Fix It office will both produce the publication September, a daily art historical broadside specially produced for TBA:11, and be an active space where the artists will work onsite to correct, revise and compile errata from previous editions of the paper.

Cristina Lucas, Europleasure International LTD. TOUCH AND GO [SPAIN]

Incorporating irony and humor into her work, Cristina Lucas focuses on the irrationality of human actions and ethics within contemporary aesthetics. Lucas’ video makes a sly commentary on the diaspora of Western factories to the Third World, through an encounter with one such British company, Europleasure International LTD.

Ohad Meromi, Rehearsal Sculpture, Act II: Consumption [NEW YORK]

Inspired by the pragmatic idealism of the Kibbutz and Russian avant-garde theatre, Meromi creates an architecture for action, in which visitors are invited to form their own troupe to interpret and perform scenes from his Stage Exercises for Smokers and Non-Smokers.

Patrick Rock, Oscar's Delirium Tremens [PORTLAND]

A hot pink, elephant-shaped, forced-air-inflated, viewer-interactive jump-room of the monumental scale usually reserved for historical statues and public art. Oscar’s Delirium Tremens disrupts our balance, implicating everyone in its experiential abandon and the woozy sense that the world continues spinning out of control, even after stepping off the ride.

Halsey Rodman [NEW YORK]

A sculptor and painter, Rodman's installations use different forms of near-identical objects, creating a sense that despite their concrete physicality, something about them remains unresolved and unfixed. While the elements exist simultaneously in space, their differences expose the passage of time in their creation and in the audience's regard.

Jesse Sugarmann, Lido (The Pride is Back) [SPRINGFIELD, OR]

Sugarmann's automotive performances are elegant pile-ups. His vehicular actions engage the car accident as an inadvertent monument, a spectacle of trauma, and a point of social exchange. Positioning three Chrysler minivans atop 42 inflatable airbeds, Sugarmann creates a slow-motion wreck.

Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Rite of Spring [ROMANIA/SWITZERLAND]

Living in Bucharest, Romania, Vatamanu & Tudor examine the sea change in social and economic systems following the decline of Communism in Eastern Europe. In Rite of Spring, as children set drifts of poplar fluff aflame in the street gutters, the artists create a symbol of "Lost Boys" innocence in the face of Capitalism's failed promise.

Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries [SOUTH KOREA]

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES was founded in Seoul by Young-hae Chang, C.E.O., and Marc Voge, C.I.O. Their quick-cut, text-based flash animations pair catchy, percussive scores with original narratives that tell sharp, captivating, and politically-charged stories of modern urban life and society on the web.


Whoop Dee Doo is a kid-friendly faux public access television show featuring performances and live audience participation. With skits, contests, musicians, and local talent, the program is inspired by television shows such as The Carol Burnett Show, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Mr. Wizard, The Gong Show, American Bandstand, Soul Train, Double Dare, and You Can't Do that on Television.

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