Maria Antelman: My Touch, Your Command, Your Touch, My Command
January 27, 2017 – February 25, 2017
Friday January 27, 6–8: Artist Reception
Gallery Hours: Saturday, 12-5PM and by private appointment
Melanie Flood Projects is pleased to present Maria Antelman’s second solo show at the gallery: My Touch, Your Command, Your Touch, My Command. The works explore dependencies to informational tools and technologies, taking place in a series of hypothetical scenarios, where analog systems mirror digital situations. Automagically, interfaces and physical spaces collide, prompting novel conditions. Technology’s transformative powers are manifested on the two-headed condition that we are both users and sources of information.
In the video Repeater, amateur radio operators set up their stations on a remote island facing the sea. In an unexpected turn of events, there is a shift in the natural phenomena: the longitudinal propagation of the radio waves becomes cyclical. All transmissions are distorted, signals are colliding and the whole communication are transformed into an absurd monologue of repeated messages. The signals materialize, and duplicates of the operators appear in the frequencies, having the same voices, thoughts, memories, beliefs and desires. The Repeater, immersed in this state of multiplying parallel worlds, is continually struggling to transcend his duplicates and maintain a sense of self.
Similarly, in the Spacesaver photomontages, readers engage in technical gestures, consuming and feeding information, inside microfilm machines. The users merge with their apparatus into a new existence: the techno-hybrid user-droids. Their motions initiated in the real world, are completed in the binary realm. Screens open to new screens through an infinite circle of passages from the material film to the invisible networks and the endless codes.
Maria Antelman (born in Athens, Greece) makes photographs, videos and sculptures. Recent shows include Videonale.16 at Kunstmuseum in Bonn (February 2017), On the Exactitude of Rain at Ryan Lee Gallery in New York, A Non-Existent Event at Melanie Flood Projects in Portland OR, Notes from the Field at the University of Melbourne, Private Matters at Apexart in New York, Stigmergy at 247365 in Brooklyn, The Amateurs at The Agency in London, ...But the Clouds... at Room East in New York and Capsule Spaces at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens. She holds a BA in Art History from Complutense University in Madrid and an MFA in New Genres from Columbia University.
My Touch, Your Command, Your Touch, My Command is the fifth installment of an ongoing artist series at Melanie Flood Projects, Thinking Through Photography. The series includes a comprehensive survey of contemporary photographic practices through programming that highlights experimental and diverse approaches to image making. Facilitated by exhibitions, artist talks, studio visits, interviews, and suggested readings, it aims to expand the language surrounding photography, while also unveiling progressive work by local artists in the Pacific Northwest & beyond.
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Thinking Through Photography is made possible with support from the Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti.