Over the next couple weeks I am co-organizing with Amber Christensen a Trinity Square Video membership initiative called Testing Grounds. The program will run from June 1st to August 1st to showcase the work of several producing members in both gallery spaces. It's an incredible opportunity to use the space for up to one week at no cost. While both galleries are usually available to rent, the programming often occupies them throughout most of the year. Meaning, extended free use of the space, even for members, is extremely unusual. Having this space to curate is an excellent way to way to put on an event for less money and showcase a project on your own terms. Without financial constraints and time limits it's quite freeing to have enough room to really spread out and experiment with installation. Testing Grounds is also a great opportunity to test out new projects because you'll be working in a supportive environment. Amber and I will be there to help facilitate and offer curatorial support for all the participants. It's a lot like what Naomi, Makela, and I did for In-Appropriate: Found Footage and Appropriated Video, the show we put on in March. Only, we had free use of the space for just one night! That was still enough time to put on an amazing event and take control of how our work was shown. It was a great program and wonderful experience for me as an emerging curator. I am so excited to take part in Testing Grounds and really looking forward to seeing what the artists get up to. There are still spaces available, check the Trinity Square Video website hereand sign up! If you're not a member it is easy to join, and if you already are, why haven't you applied for Testing Grounds?!
'Sweet Hello' (left) and 'Girl Talk' (right) by Rachelle Walker
Last month, myself and two lovely ladies: Naomi Dodds and Makela Barnes got together to showcase our work at Trinity Square Video. We wanted to play with different methods of single channel screening so each of us utilized a different installation strategy. Naomi's work was projected, Makela's shown on HD flat-screen monitors, and mine was displayed on two early model television sets on-top of lace covered TV tables. We alternated the audio between headphones and speakers so all the work could inhabit the space. The soundtracks were quite different so this drastically changed the atmosphere in the room and turned out to be a great curatorial experiment. We were able to book the space at the end of one of TSV's curated exhibitions which meant we used the front gallery space and the meeting room. It worked out wonderfully as Makela was able to show her thesis work in the back area where the audience was encouraged to sit and absorb the longer work in a more relaxed setting. Mine and Naomi's paired nicely because of the interplay between the screen sizes. My work was presented on intimate small screens, the lace and TV trays creating a domestic atmosphere. Naomi's work was projected across an entire wall taking over the space with classic Hollywood flare. All the works were made with found footage and appropriated to re-contextualize their source material. Below is the poster myself and Emily Neill made for the occasion. My work 'Sweet Hello' and 'Girl Talk' were both made from social guidance films from the 50's and 60's. Click here(Sweet Hello) and here(Girl Talk) to see work I made for In-Appropriate.
Ladies for Higher Hemlines presents ‘In-Appropriate’ an installation of found footage and appropriated video. Featuring the work of Naomi Dodds, Makela Barnes, and Rachelle Walker. Join us at Trinity Square Video (401 Richmond Street W. Suite 376) on Saturday March 21, 2015 from 7pm - 10pm for this one night stand.
PROJECTION - Silver screen songstress Naomi Dodds' work reiterates old school Hollywood romance and the classic spaghetti western protagonist. Presenting the standoff of the century and conversational one liners. Here's looking at you kid.
SCREEN - Sampling 16mm and 35mm film Makela Barnes’ visceral video works are presented on the slab/screen with razor cuts to the abject body. Never before seen procedures. The doctor is in.
OBJECT - Rachelle Walker takes etiquette lessons from late 50’s and early 60’s social guidance films. Bringing back instructional television for (not-so) mainstream morality. Class is in session.
Refreshments and unsolicited critiques will be served. Colin Gillespie as audio ringmaster and not-so-secret birthday boy. Be there or be square.