Open Sessions continues with artist-directed group exhibitions and public programs.
New work including a collaborative film on fairy tales and politics; an installation under the stairs; a stack of posters in envelopes, ready to be mailed; a comic book for reconciliation; drawings of movie cameras, and of films; Morse code messages; and other new work. Participating artists: Joey Fauerso, Tatiana Istomina, Patte Loper, Matt Neff, Mona Sharma, Adam Shecter, Naho Taruishi, and Arturs Virtmanis.
Many Worlds is a collaborative folio project developed by Matt Neff and Adam Shecter, consisting of an edition of prints from each artist in Open Sessions 2. At The Drawing Center, visitors are invited to fill out an address label in the gallery and a print will be mailed to the address of their choosing. Each print is sealed into an envelope printed with fragments of the editioned images.
Mona Sharma’s After “A” is a comic book made by the artist for her best friend. Sharma loves this friend very much, who nevertheless has an extraordinary talent for making their relationship unbearably painful. Sharma’s friend has always had an unusual obsession with Archie Comics; this comic book, which will be the first in a series, is a collection of their personal stories that they both can look back at whenever times get tough.
Arturs Virmanis’s WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT!? is a sinking vessel, filled heavy with hopes, adrift in a sea of cryptic messages: a tragic wall of Morse code-like dots and lines (the building blocks of drawing), and scrolls of obscure texts. Everything is steeped in messianism, melancholia and black carbon dust. It is a vaudevillian show that casts disparate and unwilling characters like Fernando Pessoa, with his ever-unfinished scribbles on melancholia; Piranesi, with his albums of romantically etched ruins of Rome; Morse, with his messianic aspirations; and fairy tales of pirates and their castaway ships… Save Our Ships, Save Our Souls…
Naho Taruishi’s Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince depicts the patent of the first motion camera. The inventor, Le Prince, mysteriously vanished shortly before his creation was unveiled to the public. Correspondingly, drawn images of the films Ugetsu Monogatari - 96 minutes and The Woman in the Dunes emerge from the surreal experiences of characters in each film after they depart from their daily existences. Together the drawings evoke disappearances in real and fictional stories.
Matt Neff's Untitled is made from a discarded incubator that takes on the abstracted sculptural image of a lifeless form on the ground, flooded by the muddled lights of both the police and the community's protests, and is a reflection of the ongoing struggle in Ferguson, Missouri. Untitled is visually inspired by Neff's Cage Variation toner drawings, which he began several years ago and has continued to revisit through drawing, print, and now sculpture.
Scary Stories is an evolving archive of oral and visual narratives recorded and edited by artists Tatiana Istomina and Joey Fauerso. Participants are invited to first talk about what is “scary” in their own lives or in the life of the society as a whole, and then create drawings in response to the stories of others. Beginning with the artists’ own communities in San Antonio and New York City, Scary Stories explores how personal narratives reflect the collective concepts of danger and fearfulness among different social and cultural groups. With plans to expand the archive by recording in multiple locations nationally and internationally, Scary Stories fosters conversations between individuals and larger communities on the definitions and incarnations of fear, and creates the basis for mutual empathy and understanding through the fundamental acts of drawing and storytelling. Open Sessions 2 presents a selection of short films based on the stories and drawings recorded by Fauerso and Istomina in San Antonio and New York. The artists will be working in a recording room at the back of the gallery throughout the show, conducting interviews with visitors to the museum and documenting their stories and drawings. To sign up for an interview, please email artists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patte Loper’s After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing responds to the architecture of the Lab at The Drawing Center. It has been built intuitively, without a plan, using a language of experimental architecture inspired by Lebbeus Woods, whose drawings were exhibited by The Drawing Center in 2013. Loper will draw the built form from observation at set times during the exhibition, leaving the drawings behind as part of the installation.
Image: Mona Sharma, After "A", (detail), 2014, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (19 by 14 cm). Image courtesy of the artist.