Hammer Projects: Displaced

Hammer Projects: Displaced

This exhibition brings together six short videos by an international group of emerging artists. The consecutively screened, 34-minute program includes videos by Mircea Cantor (Romania), Jennifer Lane (Los Angeles), Rosalind Nashashibi (Glasgow, Scotland), Terry Phillips (Los Angeles), Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley (New York City), and Saskia Olde Wolbers (The Netherlands). The works explore the theme of displacement by eliminating various types of boundaries in order to open up fresh possibilities for perceiving and understanding the world around them.

This exhibition was organized by Claudine Isé, assistant curator.

Biographies

Mircea Cantor was born in Transylvania, Romania, in 1977 and currently lives and works in Nantes, France. He participated in the 2001 and 2003 Venice Biennales and will be included in the 2003 Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania. He has had solo exhibitions at Trans Area, New York (2003), and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2002), and has participated in group exhibitions at Kunstverein Munich (2003); Forwart 2002, Brussels (2002); and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2001), among others.

Jennifer Lane was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1968. She received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 1991 and pursued graduate studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Recently her drawings and films have been featured in screenings and exhibitions at China Art Objects, Los Angeles (2003); Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles; New Image Art, Los Angeles; Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn; Royal College of Art, London (2002); and Laemmle’s Colorado Theater, Pasadena (2000).

Rosalind Nashashibi was born in Croydon, England, in 1973. She earned an M.F.A. from the Glasgow School of Art in 2000. Nashashibi was awarded the Beck’s Futures Art Prize in 2003 and is included in the 2003 Venice Biennale. She has also been awarded a Scottish Arts Council Research and Development Grant and the AM Qattan Foundation Artist’s Award. Her work has recently been exhibited at the ICA, London; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; CCA, Glasgow; and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw (2003), among others.

Saskia Olde Wolbers was born in Breda, The Netherlands, in 1971 and currently lives and works in London. She received this year’s Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel (2003). She has had solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2000), and the Chisenhale Gallery, London (1999), and has recently participated in group shows at the Tate Britain, London; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle, Saint Gall, Switzerland (2003); and Reality Check, a touring British Council exhibition (2002–3).

Terri Phillips received an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1996. She has had solo exhibitions at the Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles (2003 and 2002), and has recently participated in group exhibitions at the Bart Wells Institute, London (2002); Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York; PS1, Long Island City, New York; Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles (2001); and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2000).

Patrick Jolley received an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1995 and a B.A. in fine art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, in 1989. Recently he has had solo exhibitions at the Antonella Nicola Gallery, Turin, Italy (2002), and Roebling Hall, New York (1999). He has participated in group exhibitions at Tramway, Glasgow; Festival Internacional de Curtas Metrogens, Vila do Conde, Portugal (2002); Secession, Vienna (2001); and the Havana Biennial, Cuba (2000), among others.

Reynold Reynolds received an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1995 and a B.A. in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Most recently he has exhibited his work at the Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh (2003); Roebling Hall, Brooklyn; BIG Torino Biennale, Turin, Italy (2002); ArtHouse, Dublin, Ireland; Impakt Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2001); Tate Modern, London; Studio Gallery, Berlin; Kunsthaus, Zurich (2000); Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland; and The Old Schoolhouse, Hoxton Square, London (1999).

Checklist of the Exhibition

Mircea Cantor
Dead Time, 2003
Single-channel video, color, transferred to DVD
2:23 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Jennifer Lane
Fawn, 2003
16mm film, color, DVD transfer
4:17 minutes
Courtesy the artist and China Art Objects, Los Angeles

Rosalind Nashashibi
The States of Things, 2000
Black-and-white 16mm reversal film,
transferred to BetaSP and DVD
3:30 minutes
Courtesy the artist

Saskia Olde Wolbers
Placebo, 2002
Single-channel video, color, transferred to DVD
6:13 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam

Terri Phillips
Mummy, 2003
Single-channel video, color, transferred to DVD
7:52 minutes
Courtesy the artist and Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles

Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley
The Drowning Room (An Underwater Soap Opera), 1999
Super 8 film, black-and-white, transferred to video and DVD
10 minutes
Courtesy the artists and Roebling Hall, Brooklyn

Essay

By Claudine Isé

This exhibition explores displaced contexts and the structures of interpretation we bring to them. Each of the six single-channel video projections evokes a sense of physical, psychological, cultural, or geopolitical dislocation. An otherwise unremarkable family attempts to go about its daily business in a house that is completely submerged in water. A female narrator—her disembodied voice floating over a series of abstract, liquid forms—tells a story of betrayal while lying paralyzed in a hospital bed. A group of unidentified shoppers sift through piles of clothing, an off-screen Egyptian melody providing the only cue as to where and when the scene is taking place. These scenarios are all structured by some form of displacement—between nature and culture, self and other, past and present, or East and West.

Displacement has been a dominant cultural theme since the early nineteenth century, expressive not only of the personal and political alienation that characterized modernism and modern culture but also of a number of key intellectual breakthroughs that defined the modern era, such as Marx’s theories of commodity fetishism and Freudian psychoanalysis. This sense of dislocation only intensified with postmodernism's emphasis on difference and fragmented subjectivity. Today the global tourist industry and an increasingly globalized mass media have made the entire world seem more accessible than ever before; yet when so much of our perception of “the Other” is mediated by images rather than context, how can we ever be certain that our assumptions are grounded in reality? The artists in this exhibition employ various strategies of displacement to defamiliarize audiences, thereby enabling us to view commonplace scenarios from decidedly unfamiliar standpoints.

 Reynold Reynolds  Patrick Jolley’s  The Drowning Room (An Underwater Soap Opera) 

 Saskia Olde Wolbers’s Placebo 

Jennifer Lane’s  Fawn  Gaslight  Repulsion

Terri Phillips’s  Mummy 

 Mircea Cantor  Dead Time 

 Rosalind Nashashibi  The States of Things

Claudine Isé is an assistant curator at the UCLA Hammer Museum. 

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Hammer Projects are made possible with support from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and members of the Hammer Circle.