Infinity Pool Party
December 1-6, Artist-Run Show at Satellite
An edge allows us to know where one things ends, separate from everything else. An infinity pool is a personal swimming pool with a direct view of a larger body of water beyond. The pool uses a featureless, negative edge to simulate a connection, a oneness with a vast ocean. It creates the illusion that if you really wanted to, you could swim forever.
There is a trajectory to using the internet for curation that is natural, instinctive, almost organic. We move easily from one thing to another, we jump between pools of artists with the simplicity of clicks, expanding our community from those we can look in the eye to those we have never met. In an instant we can tell if one piece will work with another, our minds drawn to connections however tenuous, forming links between works which would not have been possible if viewed on their own in an artist's studio. .
Infinity Pool Party is about the process of simulation, the efforts we make to recreate the reality in front of us in a way in which we feel we are more able to control or navigate, and what it means to be a contemporary curator on the verge of a post physical age. The prevalence (and acceptance) of a purely internet based curation removes the practice from the restrictions of geography, the limitations of budget and the pressures of social interaction, while ostensibly blurring the edge, not only between the physical and digital, but between experience and product as well. Exhibition offers a chance to explore the advantages and flaws inherent to this experience, the ways in which we fight or hold on to physicality, and remind ourselves how everyday from the safety of our pool we tip toe along the edge of the ocean that is everything and flirt with our finite use for the infinite.
The work included in Infinity Pool Party is very much a manifestation of that trajectory; from simplicity to density, from the physically tangible to the ethereally digital, from the steadfastly singular to the easily replicable. Artists were chosen from my close circle of friends (Tate, Wright and Dickinson), from those I have worked with before (Vieux and Silva), from those I have followed on various social media (Mohammadi and Lomitashvili), and those whose work I was completely unaware until beginning this proposal (Appleton).
Rick Silva and Jordan Tate's collaborative video piece Drape Wave was the impetus for this proposal. Two beach chairs, floating, up and down with the perpetual motion of the waves, no land on the horizon. The chair is repeated in the work of Lado Lomitashvili. A single chair hints at our seclusion, but two implies connection.
Aesthetically reminiscent to the pool parties of youth, Infinity Pool Party attempts to trace this connection, to give meaning to the click of the mouse, the movement between pools. It's a connection between the large and the small, the past and present, separate and connected but never as one, because the edge however blurred is still a boundary. The thesis of the exhibition manifests in the silicone miniature swimming pool models by John Dickinson, slumped on the floor, as the edge collapsing, of content spilling out into a much larger container.
Kalee Appleton (b. 1982) is a photography-based artist and educator living in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, NM, she attended Texas Tech University and received a BFA in Photography in 2005. Shortly after graduated she worked as a commercial corporate and aviation photographer before attending Texas Woman’s University, where she received an MFA in Photography in 2014. Kalee's work deals with digital processes that explore the interconnections of life and the relationships that lie between the past and present. Kalee is a member of the Dallas art collective, 500x, and has exhibited her artwork at galleries across the nation including Filter Photo Space, Photo Spiva, Whatcom Museum and The Rourke Museum of Art.
John Dickinson (b. 1985) is a conceptual installation artist and Associate Professor of Sculpture at Wright State University. He received his BFA from Colorado State University and his MFA from Southern Methodist University. He has shown nationally and internationally, and has been an artist in resident at the Juvenal Reis Studio Residency, New York, New York and Les-Subsistances International Arts Festival in Lyon, France. He lives and works in Dayton, OH.
Lado Lomitashvili (b. 1994) is a Georgian artist and photographer currently studying at the Department of Architecture, Tbilisi State, Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia, with prior studies at Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria.
Aso Mohammadi (b. 1990) is an Iranian born artist living and studying in Luasanne, Switzerland. Currently, he is studying photography at l’Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne. He is widely published in photographic magaizines and journals and is represented by East Wing, in Dubai UAE and Le Salon Photographic collective.
Rick Silva (b. 1977, São Paulo , Brazil) is an artist whose recent videos, websites and images explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. He received an MFA from The University of Colorado in 2007, and has since shown extensively nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in New York, Dublin, and Copenhagen. Silva's art has been featured in festivals worldwide including Resonate in Belgrade, and Sonar in Spain. His projects have been supported through grants and commissions from organizations such as Rhizome and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He frequently works with the experimental gallery spaces TRANSFER Gallery (NYC) and Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR). He lives in Eugene, OR where he is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Oregon.
Jordan Tate (b 1981) is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. Tate, a Fulbright Fellow (2008-2009), has a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Indiana University. Tate’s work is currently held in collections nationwide, including Rhizome at the New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Bidwell Projects, the Cincinnati Art Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent exhibitions of his works include: Denny Gallery, New Shelter Plan, Herron School of Art, PH Gallery (UK), Higher Pictures (NYC), The Photographer Gallery (London, UK), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland.
Anne Vieux (b. 1985) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She studied Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work uses parameters to create sculpture, painting, and video. She is interested in mediation and gesture through the lens of the screen. Whether her work lives on the screen or within the boundaries of frame on the wall, it questions its relationship to flatness and dimensionality, where analogue and digital are merged. Most recently her work has been exhibited in Read Image, See Text at the Cranbrook Art Museum, and Next Wave Art, at Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Jaclyn Wright (b. 1986) is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL, where she is a lecturer at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BA from Southern Illinois University
Carbondale and her MFA from Indiana University. In 2014, she was the visiting artist at
the University of Cincinnati and the artist in residence at Latitude/Chicago. Her work has
been exhibited widely along with numerous publications, most notably Aint-Bad
Magazine, The Plantation Journal and as the guest editor of Papersafe Magazine.