Monday, October 3, 2011
Stereopsis curated by Andrew Blackley
Andrew Blackley curates the online exhibition, Stereopsis, featuring artwork by Visual AIDS Archive Members; Scott Burton, Bruce Cratsley, Brent Nicholson Earle, Mark Morrisroe, John Morrison, Eric Rhein, Kurt Reynolds, Daniel Roberts, Juan Sanchez, and Richard Sawdon Smith.
From the Curator's Statement:
These artworks date from 1989 to 2003 and have been selected to represent the following of a specific vein of self-viewership and self-spectatorship that is found in many of the thousands of artworks in the Visual AIDS archive.
The ten artists here have engaged the self – as depicted or depicting - using media technologies and methodologies during periods in social and art history where new contexts were presented for embodiment. Specifically, artists began to look at their bodies - individually, and the social body to which they belong and participate - through various media and corresponding institutions of display and support.
Such methods and selections are lifted from the archive’s coverage period during which artists living with HIV/AIDS began, through the medicalization of their bodies and lives, constituted a new category of experience: one of both acute and subtle traumas, maintenance and alternation. This doubling, the after/death (in response the huge numbers of men who died with HIV/AIDS in the 80s and 90s) and living/dying, is mirrored in the subject/object relationships between artist and viewer. (read more)
About the Curator:
Andrew Blackley is an artist and gallery director living in New York with a recent history in Chicago. Recent reviews and essays have been published by Black Visual Archive and Art in Print, and his artworks are held in collections internationally and distributed in France and the United States. In May 2011, he organized "John Neff Prints Robert Blanchon," an exhibition focused on the reprinting and remaking of a 1995 artwork by Robert Blanchon in disrepair.
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[web gallery may contain adult content]
Image: Eric Rhein, William and His Silhouette (Martha's Vineyard 1993), silver gelatin print, 10" x 8", [William Weichert 1968-1996]