Curated by Microscope Gallery
August 26 – September 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, August 26, 2011, 7-9pm
Microscope Gallery takes over a floor of White Box with moving image installations by seven emerging Bushwick artists. The young artists are among the most innovative of those working with the light-based arts that we have encountered since opening our doors in the neighborhood last September. Many of the artists in the show have exhibited at Microscope or at one of our weekly screenings. Others appeared in our Bushwick Survey program as part of a film festival we curated for Bushwick Open Studios in June. The works on installation include altered Nintendo generated images, microscopic images, works originally shot on film, archival footage, shadow play, performance, and animation.
Bushwick in the Box runs from August 26 to September 10, concurrently with the White Box exhibition How to Philosophize with a Hammer curated by Raul Zamudio. Opening night features performances by Jason Martin and his ‘animals friends’ followed by Jeff Donaldson’s improvisation on his prepared Nintendo console. Closing night will feature a sound set by Lea Bertucci/TwistyCat, and more surprises!
Bios: Lea Bertucci works with Photography, Sound, Video and Installation. She received her BA in Photography from Bard College in 2007. The emphasis of her work lies in exciting the liminal areas of perception. She uses tactics such as slide projection, stop motion video and lo-fi filtering of sound to engage with these ideas. She is one half of the experimental electroacoustic duo Twistycat and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Steve Cossman was born in Maywood, California. He received his BFA from Albright College, and went on to study animation in the Czech Republic at FAMU. He works primarily with 16mm film. Recent screenings include Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, VideoEx Zurich, and FlexFest 2011. . His work can be found in the collections of the University of Seattle, WA, University of Hartford Art School, and The Len Lye Foundation, New Zealand. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and runs Mono No Aware, an “Annual Exhibition of Expanded Cinema”.
Jeff Donaldson began his noteNdo project in 2001 with the intent to create animation entirely with his own hardware modifications of 8bit NES and 16bit SEGA Genesis/Master Systems. There is no new code involved, only machine logic. Donaldson began playing guitar at the age of 12 and at the same time began shooting video of local skateboarders. Jeff studied jazz guitar and music composition at University from 2000-2001. Donaldson has performed and shown work at galleries worldwide including LABoral Gijon, Spain, iMAL Bruxelles, Belgium, and Museu de Arte Moderna Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He currently lives & works Bushwick.
Jason Martin is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician originally from Upstate NY. Over the years, Martin has exhibited videos internationally under his own name and as a member of groups, collectives, and under various aliases. Martin’s artwork traverses multiple formats, pursuing mysteries. His love of species-queer, glamorous, paganistic animism surfaces in videos, music, installations, drawings, and performances. Topics include: power structures, species and gender hybridity, witchcraft, conflict, rock music, pre-history, analog electronics. As a musician, Martin continues to perform live and has toured, recorded, or performed with acts including J. Mascis, Suzanne Thorpe, His Name Is Alive, Devendra Banhart, Dan Deacon, Raphe Malik,The Bunnybrains, Lettuce Little, Denim and Diamonds, and many others. Recently received an MFA from NYU Steinhardt.
Rachael Morrison is an artist, curator, and librarian who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally at a variety of venues including Anthology Film Archives and Heist Gallery.
Allison Somers was born in Los Angeles and is now based in Brooklyn. She works primarily with photography and moving image and has previously exhibited at: Participant Inc., Emily Harvey Foundation, Front Room Gallery, 80WSE Gallery, Scaramouche Gallery among others. Somers received an MFA from New York University in 2010. Past April she had her first solo exhibition Black & Blue at Microscope Gallery.
Stephanie Wuertz is an audiovisual artist based in New York. She works in a wide range of media, using both appropriated and original material. Her work is concerned with uncovering the repressed in vision and by authoritative discourse to bring out the sensory qualities of images through the use of sound, texture, and scale. She has a BFA in Computer Arts from Memphis College of Art and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She has screened and performed live projections of her work at such venues as Issue Project Room, Live with Animals, Monkeytown, The Schoolhouse, CoExist Gallery, Cherry Kino Lab and Anthology Film Archives. Her music videos have been featured on Pitchfork, Gorilla vs Bear, Altered Zones, and 20jazzfunkgreats. She currently works in film and video production at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.