Beautiful Deluzers/Guattari Heroes
Playing Basketball With Death (performance w/J. Anthony Dimezza), inkjet prints, 2007
Drawing upon Ingmar Bergman's film The Seventh Seal, Playing Basketball With Death takes on both existential and absurdist undertones in depicting a literal battle against a personified Death. Consisting of a series of one-on-one matches, each game is acted out
in relative silence.
My work is rooted in an interest in the conflation of spaces, memory, and identity. I am currently in the process of photographing a town which exists solely in namesake and memory, Stump City - using this name metaphorically as a comment on place, loss, and rememberance. I'm interested in notions of mimesis, of recreation and failure.
rongWrong, acrylic on cd, 2008
Image - words from Marcel Duchamp misspelling on matchbooks which Marcel kept. Used as magazine title for New York DaDa, it's readymade, no permission necessary, public domain.
A Theory and Practice of Hyperform, text, 2005
This paper was a student project at the Department for Architectural Theorie, RWTH Aachen Technical University (Prof. Gerhard Vinken) in 2005. The topic has been chosen by the author, out of a fascination with the concept of the 'Rhizome' and its parallels within the field of architecture.
Kenric Mc Dowell
Texto-Mystical, adhesive paper, dimensions variable, 2007
These are text designs for print or mural installation. They are original and borrowed mystical statements and metaphors. Texto-Mystical Translation features two lines from reggae recording artist Peter Tosh's song, "I Am That I Am". The lyrics of the song are a hybrid composition of Biblical references (originating in the Torah) and original text. Similarly, the Texto-Mystical series is itself a composite. An Open Book is an "original" phrase written by the artist. The text in each piece has been formatted to fit into a grid and set in rows. Read traditionally, the texts appear to be nonsensical. When read along the grid, they are comprehensible.
Guitars Porta-Shrine, c-print, 2007
Guitars is the artistic collaboration between Shanna Perez-Hill and Kenric McDowell. The Porta-Shrine is a slightly less than life size photograph of our living room shrine. We use the shrine at home for meditation and ceremonial work and bring the Porta-Shrine with us to shows when appropriate.
Live Transmission: Felix Guattari, acrylic on canvas, 1990/2008
The source for the drawing on canvas is a two-handed pencil drawing made of Guattari's hand movements during a lecture in Italy at Milano Poesia Forum in 1990. As he spoke he leaned his chin on his knuckles and periodically changed hands as he read from the paper on the table in front of him. Sometimes he leaned on two hands simultaneously, always looking down at the text. For brief periods he rested his overlapped hands on top of the text to speak spontaneously.
Performance at the DMV, DVD, 2003 (10 minute edit)
Ken Callaway Videography
The Performance was at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is about redefining the idea of "public art" and who it serves. I chose the device of humor to lighten-up the suppressed situation. In California the registration fee on autos had tripled so citizens really did not like spending their money or their Saturdays there. So I shared jokes ... handed out blow pops...did a funk action painting with James Brown tunes. My objective was to take some of the folks out of their context of being at the DMV or to perhaps put being at the DMV into more positive public position. I plan to seek out other venues of suppression for this piece.
The Cage Project, live performance, 2008 and Lines of Flight, DVD 2007
I am interested in the liminal space of the Queer body. In my work, I use my body, a Queer body, to explore the liminal space of feeling between things, such as gender and sexuality, but also academia and subcultures and family. The idea of masquerade is particularly interesting to me because of its specific relationship to identity (masking one’s true identity or wearing masks to create different identities).
I want to take up space. I want to be noticed: in all my Queer glory. The work is driven by my life as a Queer person—another reason why putting my actual self into it is necessary. I love costumes, performing rituals, being on stage and the center of attention. I revel in that space. I’m giving that space a specifically Queer context—a way to view me, a visual language to aid communication about myself.
The Burial of the Dead, DVD 2007
…is a sort of plagiarism. Tracking the trademarking of a landscape, and the omnipresent sense of evolution of its trademarks both within and without our traditional interpretations of such rhetoric. The film is constructed through “affection” images, trying to locate the intersection of a face and a machine, noting the emotive reactions within and without the frame to better understand both the animate and the inanimate as representations of the Modern: the sanctioned plagiarisms of life. In this way the film is attempting to be not a “theater, but a factory.” It utilizes rare audio of T.S. Eliot reading The Waste Land (here subtitled), a poem that was originally derided as nothing but an olio of garbled quotations and plagiarisms. The point being appropriation is consumption, ownership, and hermetic endgame with barely an ability to further the species.
The Last Lecture, DVD, 2008
“There is no difference between what a book talks about… and how it’s made.”
--Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus.
D & G have inspired my work for many years. Our culture is schizophrenic—bombarded with information and attached to transcendent futures—and D & G offer another way to be desiring and multiple—here and now.
Self-help and theory both try to address our schizoid tendencies. Self-help book sections grow; philosophy and theory sections shrink. Self-help books (“Just What Will You Be?”) seem to offer comfort (in the same) while theory often tries to offer confrontation with difference and meaning-making context.
The Last Lecture started out of curiosity: what would theory book covers look like superimposed over New Age book covers? On May Day 2008, Barnes and Noble was so kind as to give me images of the top ten bestsellers in the section entitled “Self-Improvement and Inspiration” (which was formerly known as “New Age”). The Last Lecture is a sort of video/slide-show hybrid, moving between those bestselling Self-Improvement books and Deleuze and Guattari’s top sellers. As the viewer sees the slightly screwed up book covers (I adulterated the images), a lady computer voice reads quotes from the books.
As I picked quotes from the books, I realized my strong drive towards theory (and D & G) is tinged with ambivalence, while my disgust towards self-help is tinged with belief that the stuff could help me (or the others).
I respect D & G’s suspicion of state philosophy, and I think the recent theory-bashing has to do with theory (and state theory) overload in art and academia. How do we come back to theory? We make a bastard.
Curator (Visual Arts)
Terrorist Attack On Gallery! Feb 10 2004
Michon Weeks Closing Reception
Michon Weeks Closing reception
Matthew Grover Opening
Matthew Grover- Untitled (lens flare), 2006, C-print, 9" x 14"
POHOSHOW in Newly Redesigned Shoebox Gallery
Art of This n' That
Incident Statement, Schuermann Opening July 16th, 2005
5 Squad Opening
A Million Bucks A New Beginning
$1,000,000 meets the Astronauts
La Luz de Jesu
Xavier Tavera's "La Pasion"
Alair Wells' opening
Frank III St Fightin' Man
In Here Music
In Here Flier
IN HERE ARTIST BIOS
Tiffany Bolk Night Window
Each Sunday A Window Is Broken
Happy Shoebox Halloween Election!
Oeuvres Raisonne d'Exposition de Boite-Chausseur
Shoebox audience watches Mankwe Ndosi perform
Artists Statements for the Biennial
Body Cartography Performance
What the Community Says
Offering to Walter Mondale
SHOEBOX BIENNIAL JUNE 12TH, 2004!
Pie and coffee were served
X-Ray Alley (How it all started)
Minneosta Daily Review of Segrelicious
Shoebox Tour, Performances and Essay
Facelift for the Shoebox
Day of The Dead for Mark Loesch
Sachiko Performance at Elise Blue opening
What the Artists say about Segrelicious
Martha Iserman at her opening
Aziz Osman tells of being in front of a firing squad
Beautiful Deleuzers/Guattari Heroes Bios and Statements
Beautiful Deleuzers/Guattari Heroes Piece Descriptions
Beautiful Deleuzers Opening
Lite Brite Opening
Lite Brite Opening vid
Mary Bergs' Art Matters
Chritopher Hauseman Opening
Shoebox By Night
Shoebox By Night
Ping Wang Window
Josh Ryther Review in ARP!
Vance Gellert Install 3.4.2010
Guns and Ammo
Vance Gellert Artist Talk 4.29.10
Shoebox 6.5 year anniversary Opening for Jenny Schmid