Dowsing for Divinity

a one-person show of new works

Curated by Stephen Sarrazin

 

Cartel Collective

October 8 to 1. November 2015

Sanborn combines questions of biography and memory, how we remember (and the betrayals of memory), conflicts of identity and who we want to be, of doubt and triumph, all in a form that combine high tech virtuosity, considerations on the use of narrative in the art environment, and a playful sense of irreverence.

 

"THE WHITE ALBUM"

 

“The White Album” is a family of three video art objects hung on a wall, addressing the opaque and duplicitous nature of memory and the frustration of representation. A mix of physical and electronic, they echo the workings of the mind as it tries to grasp a fleeting idea or a complex emotional state.

 

Equivocal Value (redacted)

2015, HD video + sound: displayed on LCD system in cardboard construction

30” X 30”, 2:17

DOX (an approximation)

2015, HD video + sound: displayed on LCD system in cardboard construction

25” X 35”, 2:09

Apophenia (patterns of noise)

2015, HD video + sound: displayed on LCD system in cardboard construction, 25” X 53”, 2:15

Mythic Status

 

series of single channel HD video + sound portraits

9X16 display format

 

music by David Meyer

 

We revise our relationship to the divine and to the act of creation as we refashion ourselves. If consciousness is identification and existence is identity; then the gender queer hero displays god-like powers - as perception and objectivism represent a fresh reality. These portraits fuse the personalities of the performers and the personas of our myths.

 

Apollo

 

performed by Jiz Lee

2015, HD video + sound

1080 X 1920, 11:43

Atalanta

 

performed by Adi Lockheart

2015, HD video + sound

1080 X 1920, 9:50

"THE DETRITUS OF INGENUITY"

 

Into every life a little shit must fall.

Pejorative

 

2015, HD video + sound

displayed on LCD monitor system wrapped in chicken and barbed wire

1080 X 1920, 3:48

DISMAL (7 bad ideas)

 

2015, HD video + sound

displayed on LCD monitor system in paper bag

1080 X 1920, 5:33

ROCK | PAPER | SCISSORS

 

2015, 3 channels HD video + sound, each channel 1920 X 1080 pixels, 15:00 (random play)

 

The search for a rhythm to life is an eternal quest. There is a pulse that drives our methods of communication and ability to express ourselves - and we look for it everywhere. The usual routine is anthropomorphism - projecting human traits into inanimate objects - bringing life to the lifeless. What if we reversed the process, and reduced the complexities of humanity to elemental qualities? Strip away the educated artifice and go back to basics - and maybe we get a solution. Or at least a beat. 

copyright 2020 John Sanborn

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