Tape Zones: Live Journal
October 17 – November 14, 2015
Exquisite Corpse, the surrealist drawing game, places its participants in the position of finishing a drawing without seeing its start. The game’s reveal of the final drawing as a consolidated collage of logics and aesthetic sensibilities offers the participants with one work that no single participant could have made.
Live Journal experiments with modifying this rule set into one that can operate in the three dimensional gallery space. In the three week install process, the gallery was separated into eight different sections and allowed each artist four days to install their section. While they could observe the previous artists’ installs, the isolated access allowed them to work without speaking about their intentions and without content information beyond the structure of the show. The reveal of the final piece seems to draw connections to the early-2000s online platform, LiveJournal, in which layperson participants were introduced to a new “personal space.” In the same way that those unfamiliar spaces revealed ways we affected one another in physical isolation, the participants here create a single landscape of output by working in broken unison.
“The unit of social networking on LiveJournal is quaternary (with four possible states of connection between one user and another). Two users can have no relationship, they can list each other as friends mutually, or either can “friend” the other without reciprocation. On LiveJournal, “friend” is also used as a verb to describe listing someone as a friend.” (Wikipedia entry on LiveJournal)
Ross Brubeck (b. 1986) is a photographer and sculpture artist living in Philadelphia, PA.
Patrick Schlotterback (b. 1992) recently graduated with a double major in Fibers and Ceramics at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Mateo Marquez (b. 1987) is a web developer and sculptor living and working in Baltimore, MD.
Harrison Tyler (b. 1991) is a sculptor and a member of the 3d printing/education company Buildclass. He was a founding member of artist group Jimmi~Research and is currently living and working in Baltimore, MD.
Annie Murphy (b. 1993) develops multimedia sculpture that both engages and blurs the lines between a range of objects – found, created, and recreated. She graduated in May 2015 from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in General Fine Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Johnny Rogers is a Baltimore-based video assemblage artist, maker of comedic internet meme performance art, and CEO of JEDICOM; he has collaborated with KAHLON, Future Farmers, George Kuchar, and Martin Schmidt.
Lee Heinemann (b. 1993) is an artist, organizer, and initiator of Get Your Life! productions.
Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn are a Baltimore based artist team striving to transform public spaces into colorful and vibrant experiences.