International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)

The Warp Whistle Project was invited to present at this years International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Hong Kong. Paul Schuette will be presenting our most recent project Nightly Light from Suns, an installation piece developed during our collaborative residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2015. 

Abstract: 

Nightly Light from Suns merges visual art and technology to explore the notion of Nostalgic Futurism, a yearning for a time when it was possible to imagine a corporeal, tangible technological future, uncomplicated by knowledge of the current moment. The handcrafted materials and antiquated electronic sounds are reminiscent of 1950’s science fiction, reigniting a promising dream of what lies ahead. Visions of the future cannot escape the ideologies of the present moment. Similar to the nature of memory, these projections are romanticized ideations, born from a longing to “be elsewhere.” To facilitate this unhinging from the present, we experiment with the relationship between sonic and visual information by staging various points of intersection. Nightly Light from Suns represents an otherworldly intelligence that implies an unknown and advanced functionality. These unmapped qualities of the work renew a positive sense of longing and wonder about the future that seems to be all but a memory of the past. 

About ISEA:

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). The symposia began in 1988.

 

SIGNALING TO ^ THE CIPHER ^ TOWARDS A SEGWAY

CURATED BY JESSE DAVID PENRIDGE

Dates: May 5th - June 11th, 2016

526 W 26th st  #807 New York, NY

 

Opening: May 5th, 6-8pm

Field Projects is pleased to present Signaling to ^ the Cipher ^ towards a Segway, curated by Jesse David Penridge, featuring the work of Austin Ballard, Rory Baron, Sarah E. Brook, Pat Byrne, Abigail Collins, Sean Dustan-Halliday, Carla Edwards, MaDora Frey, Tricia Keightley, Myeongsoo Kim, Alison Kudlow, Mary NaRee Laube, and Jessie Rose Vala. 

Somewhere along the line I had a teacher that convinced me that, at their core, science and religion were ultimately the same things. They are systems for making sense of the human condition. They function as narratives; bedtime stories that ease the mind to sleep. They provide framework that give us purpose and keep us confident that we aren’t just hapless passengers, stuck on a rock hurtling through space, that truly, something bigger is at work.

On an individual level, we all write our own smaller narratives. It’s what we choose to wear and how we present ourselves socially to the world. They are where we come from and where we choose to go, how we interpret history, politics and evolution as they relate to us personally. Whether the stories are fact fiction or some blurred reality, they keep us sane and give us a place.

This show is a patchwork of strategies- works the artists are using to look both at the world and their self. They are analyzing systems, mythologies and environments that were presented to us as fact and comparing them to those that we craft ourselves everyday. These tools not only identify the artists’ points of departure from the world around them, but create new realities, new mythologies, new belief systems. --Jesse David Penridge

 

  

Solo Exhibition @ Whitdel Arts in Detroit

Located in Southwest Detroit, Whitdel Arts is a members’ based contemporary art gallery run by a volunteer group of artists and creative individuals, serving the community through contemporary art exhibitions, arts-based activities, and professional development.  Their main home is in Southwest Detroit’s historic Whitdel building on the corner of Hubbard and Porter. 

Whitdel Arts serves artists and the community through its exhibitions and events, professional resources, and educational programs.  The purpose of Whitdel Arts is to provide an environment centered around the creative process of the contemporary arts and the interaction and dialogue derived from it.  Whitdel Arts is a center where the public can view and learn about the contemporary arts by local and national artists, while providing working artists with the resources needed for their artistic careers and studio practice.

Fanoon Visiting Artist, Doha

In January I had the pleasure of traveling to Doha as the Fanoon Visiting Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Throughout the week, I made screen prints with the help of Assistant Professor, Zach Stenson and his painting and printmaking students. 


Reverb: Recent Abstraction in Painting: Part II

Reverb: Recent Abstraction in Painting is a traveling group exhibition curated by Kenneth Hall, Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2013 I had the honor of exhibiting my work alongside Scott Anderson, Jimmy Baker, Christie Blizard,  Angelina Gualdoni, Dana Saulnier, and Deborah Zlotsky. This exhibition also included paintings by the late Megan Dirks (1985-2010) whom I had the great pleasure of getting to know in graduate school over many studio dates and cups of coffee.  

Megan Dirks: 

The following are images from the exhibition held at Bowling Green State University in September 2014:

And finally, here are images of my installation process from the first exhibition at the University of Northern Iowa in 2013. 


CODEX

"On June 22, 2011, the Souris River ravaged Minot, North Dakota. Forcing its way through homes, it seized thousands of precious items; then, like a greedy burglar grabbing more than it could carry, was required to jettison its plunder in retreat.  Snatched away, thousands of objects drifted to a new resting place, displayed in public as a sad and surreal pastiche of the American material existence..."

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BLURRED BOUNDARIES

The human mind has the remarkable ability to perceive convincing patterns in puddles of chaos and banality. We are especially adept at making visual associations between diverse subjects. As children we become lost in the wonderment of clouds that transform into animals and the moon that wears the face of a man. In the collages of Sue Hettmansperger, disparate materials collide, generating new forms with traces of familiarity. Pieces of dried leaves and plastic pop rings are identifiable, carrying the weight of their own history. At the same time photographs and subtle marks of paint make these objects more difficult to place. The work channels both compatibility of forms and a growing tension between boundaries...

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I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOUR PANTS ARE TOO SHORT

"The paintings of Gyan Shrosbree, not only recall the short-pants-feeling of Watteau’s Gilles, they remind us that the dignity of humanness is often found in the beauty of awkwardness, the truth of frailty, and the acceptance of process as the end which is always becoming. Whether in the poised paws of a checkered cat, or the tilt of a white Kangol newsy, these works offer the possibility of a connection through the delicacy and strength of individual experience..."

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WATER AND STONE

In the book, What Painting Is, James Elkins defines painting as a combination of two ingredients: water (medium) and stone (pigment). The action of painting is a process of negotiating the two. Water and Stone presents two artists whose work necessitates material functions... 

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NEW DAY

Consider the experience of an archaeologist: the sensation of being immersed in earthen substances and the ceaseless curiosity that keeps one searching. Imagine clay and grime under your fingernails, the damp smell of a cavernous hole in the ground, and the inexplicable wonder upon discovering a hidden mystery preserved in the earth. In addition to the associations we have with the physical acts of archaeological digging, think of what it means to be doing archaeology: to investigate and search for evidence of the past in order to learn more about ourselves in the present...

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ANYWHERE

Trees, clouds, and empty roads populate the landscapes of Robert Fifield and Ben Cohan in the exhibition, “Anywhere.” The exhibition tells of a place that is both near and far; a landscape that keeps its distance while remaining close to home. While both bodies of work hold an apparent individuality, both artists are drawing from familiar landscape iconography. Fifield’s work explores the representation of landscape through the reduction and augmentation of cartographic languages. Cohan’s work uses the romantic possibilities of paint to confront places that are often overlooked. At first glance, the sites may be from anywhere, yet they embody a certain peculiarity that leaves one with a satisfying curiosity... 

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