Visting Artists: Stanya Kahn + Jedediah Caesar

Visting Artists: Stanya Kahn + Jedediah Caesar

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 03:04

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series  Perfect Lovers
Visiting Artists:  Stanya Kahn and Jedediah Caesar
Wednesday, April 14th at Noon
ACT (Arts, Culture and Technology) 160
Stanya Kahn
As a videomaker, performer and writer, Kahn combines storytelling with visceral performances, blurring the lines between the fictional and the real to show how language is forged out of trauma. Her new body of work aims beyond the notion that humor alleviates bad feelings in bad times, proposing that bad times can reconfigure our language and the way we make meaning, thus giving rise to new forms of articulation. Paralleling the ways in which jokes compress and expand meaning, Kahn organizes her narratives along the lines of a psycho-emotional unpacking. Less concerned about linear time or plot arcs, she makes full use of the moving pictures' spectacle of sound, image, movement, and performance to keep us "being-in-the-world".
Stanya Kahn, and her work in collaboration with Harry Dodge, was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been featured recently in "Virtuoso Illusions" at MIT, Cambridge, MA, curated by Michael Rush; in "Slightly Unbalanced" at the Harnnett Museum, Richmond, Virginia; in "Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video" at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art; in "Code Share: 5 continents, 10 biennales, 20 artists", CAC Vilnius, Lithuania; in the "Videonale 12", Kunsthalle Bonn, Bonn; in "Unusual Behavior," Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, in "California Video," Getty Museum, Los Angeles; in "Laughing in a Foreign Language," The Hayward, London; in "Between Two Deaths", ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; in "Eden's Edge", Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; in "Shared Women", Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; in "Defamation of Character", PS 1, Contemporary Art Center; at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY and in "Marking Time", at the Getty Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, among others.
Jedediah Caesar
Jedediah Caesar makes works in which common materials are shaped by elaborate restraints. The results question the status of objects as icon, as well as offering complex ideas about temporality. Often his medium is his own material - a unique amalgamation of resin, earth and detritus. His panel sculptures, layered with raw debris and sloping patterns of muted, secondary-colored resins, are abstract landscapes and relate as much to painting as to experimental film. Like animated shifts between film cells, the pattern of these panels seems to repeat, but deviates with subtlety. In other works the earth is directly cast, producing this arching surfaces which capture the exact geology and geography of their creation.
Jedediah Caesar received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Blanton Museum, University of Texas at Austin, Texas and at Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles. His second solo show at D'Amelio Terras Gallery is currently on view. Recent group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; "Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture", Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; the "California Biennial 2008", Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; "Trace", Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York. In 2009, Caesar participated in "Stardust" at the Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, the Netherlands. In May of 2010, Caesar will mount a solo exhibition at Bloomberg SPACE gallery in London.

Perfect Lovers
UCI Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series

Perfect Lovers attempts to complicate the traditional graduate school lecture by pairing artists and culture-makers in conversation with each other.  We aim to offer both the UCI community and a broader public the vital event of seeing artists discuss their work in a more spontaneous way; and give artists the opportunity to share their work, interests and obsessions in dialogue.

As the clocks in Felix Gonzalez-Torres Perfect Lovers move in sync and out of sync, we pair speakers whose practices may coincide and conflict, to better highlight the stakes and debates of contemporary art practice.