Art in a Time of Climatological Catastrophes: WEAD Juried Membership Exhibition 2013

China Brotsky Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability,
The Presidio of San Francisco
September 19- November 8, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Left: Detournement of a LED billboard, Chicago, IL, 2012. Print of the documentation of the event, 24″x16″.
Right: Detournements of a LED billboard, Richmond , VA, 2013. Print of the documentation of the event, 24″x9.5″.

I have two pieces in this show, both from my series created for the Billboard Art Project in 2012.

Détournement and repurposing of the Billboard
Images on the billboards usually convey messages of unsustainable consumerism, which is one of the reasons for the anthropogenic climate change we are experiencing. When I started participating in the Billboard Art Project, which uses LED billboards to display art, I worked on détournements. I created more than 300 images grouped in different series, some being road signs created from existing ones and using their graphic codes, some being details of photos of road signs or road marks. The images were created in relation with the specific locations of the billboards and make drivers think differently about their drive and the physical alteration of the environment.
During 2011 and 2012, I participated in 12 Billboard Art Project exhibitions in 12 towns across the US.

– The series projected in Richmond shows magnified details of existing signs found in public spaces.
– The image projected in Chicago is a representation of fossil oil using the codes of “danger” road signs: black and yellow.

From WEAD website:
This exhibition highlights works of art that engage with anthropogenic (human influenced) climate change and the mistreatment of the environment.

juror: Suzaan Boettger.
Artists Selected: Jane Ingram Allen, Michele Brody, Mary Burger, Reenie Charriere, Hagit Cohen, Anne Cummings, Edie Dillon, Emily Duffy, Lauren Elder, Marguerite Garth, Janet Glatz, Michele Guieu, Deborah Kennedy, Isabella La Rocca, Dawn Lee, Jess Levine, Garth Marguerite, Bobbi Mastrangelo, Belitz Monique, Deedee Morrison, Mary Neubauer, Carol Newborg, Bonnie Peterson, Perdita Phillips, Deanna Pindell, Teri Power, Laura Phelps Rogers, Eleanor Ruckman, Gretchen Scharnagi, Elizabeth Sher, Virginia Stearns, Patti Trimble, Carolyn Wirth.

China Brotsky Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability,
The Presidio of San Francisco
1014 Torney Avenue (at Lincoln Boulevard), Building 1016
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Special San Francisco Open Studio Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 10-4pm
To learn more about WEAD please visit www.weadartists.org

The Billboard Art Project in Atlanta: “Color Shift” curated by Katerina Lanfranco

I am very excited to be have images of my previous billboards selected for this show.

The Billboard Art Project: “Color Shift is a selection of Billboard Art Project images from past shows curated by Katerina Lanfranco. The concept for Color Shift, is the perceptual experience of driving by and only getting a glimpse of something. The scene is reduced to color and value. The Billboard Art Project images are therefore organized into distinct chromatic and achromatic groupings. The cumulative effect creates an unusual and surprising dialogue between a wide selection of Billboard Art Project images.”

The Billboard Art Project

The Billboard Art Project show in Detroit: an interview with curator Derek Coté

“Cheap Coffee and Beef Jerky” – June 2012 – Detroit, Michigan – curator Derek Coté – video David Morrison/The Billboard Art Project

Derek Coté chose 69 images from over 6,500 images featured in the previous Billboard Art Project shows. In this insightful interview, Derek Coté explains his choices. I could not be in Detroit to see the show, but this very interesting video is a great documentation of the event.

‘Gilding the Collapse: Artists of the Billboard Art Project’ at Collar Works

June 29th – July 20th / Collar Works
137 4th Street, Troy, NY 12180

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‘Alice’ series and my video “Under My Bed’ are part of the group show

From the PR:
Gilding the Collapse: Artists of the Billboard Art Project

Collar Works is pleased to announce Gilding the Collapse: Artists of the Billboard Art Project, a group exhibition of eighteen artists curated by area artist Jennifer Hunold, presented in conjunction with the Billboard Art Project coming early July to Fuller Road in Albany.

Artist chosen for this exhibition previously exhibited work for The Billboard Art Project in cities across the U.S. The Billboard Art Project acquires digital billboards normally used for advertising and re-purposes them as roadside galleries. From July 2nd through July 15th on Fuller Road in Albany, a digital billboard will be transformed into a 24-hour, two week long art exhibition featuring local and national artists.

Exhibiting artists: Monica Carrier, Lynn Cazabon, Katie Cercone, David Colagiovanni, Erin Desmond, Aubrey Edwards, Michele Guieu, Phillip Hanson, Melissa Haviland, CJ Hungerman, Joanna Kidd, Keith W. C. Lemley, Lorraine McDonnell, François Paire, Oliver Pauk, Jesse Robinson, Nicole Tschampel, and Kimberly Witham.

In conjunction with The Billboard Art Project Albany exhibition
On Fuller Road from July 2nd through July 15th / 24 hours a day every day
More info here.

The Billboard Art Project in Detroit – Show Curated by Derek Coté

June 18 – June 24
I am honored that two series of the images I have created for the Billboard Art Project, “Miles to” and “Warning Signs”,  are selected for the curated show ‘Cheap Coffee and Beef Jerky’  (title chosen by the curator, a reference to one of the things that makes a road trip a special experience, another one being the sight of the billboards!).

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For the show in Detroit, The Billboard Art Project  has invited Derek Coté, a guest curator, to pull images from past Billboard Art Projects and assemble a week long show of select artists. The show will run the last week of our June Detroit show.

Dear Billboard artist,
The Billboard Art Project has invited me to curate an exhibition of past Billboard artists for the upcoming installment of the Detroit Billboard Art Project. Cheap Coffee and Beef Jerky is the result of scanning literally hundreds of images from past Billboard Projects and will run in the fourth week. Your images have been chosen based on some basic rules of the road that I have learned over the years from driving cross-country several times. You should also know that this group reflects some of the very best that has appeared in the Billboard Art Project, and inclusion is testament to the critical quality of your work.
Derek Coté

update: interview with Derek Coté by David Morrison here.

The Billboard Art Project in Detroit

May 28-June 24

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For the show in Detroit I submitted two series: “Close-ups” and “Warning Signs”.”Close-ups” uses details of photos of road signs that I am taking in different cities. “Warning Signs” was started in the Billboard Art Project show in New Orleans (2011) and transform the billboard into a warning sign.

The show in Detroit is a little bit special! There is a ‘regular’ show and and a curated show and I am participating in both. I sent images for the regular show which is open to anyone. This is an aspect of the Billboard Art project that I like very much, which allowed for example my elementary students to participate. But there is a new component which is the introduction of guest curators. The curator, Derek Coté, selected two of my series submitted to previous Billboard Art Project shows.