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Social Study, 2018

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The videos in Social Study set disparate images and audio against one another to forge unlikely formal and thematic connections. Culled from footage shot on a phone and found online, the works are the result of an intuitive process of collecting and editing. The montages encompass a range of themes such as the natural and the artificial as well as pleasure and danger.

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Heat Loss, 2017

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The videos in Heat Loss use voice-over as a strategy to reframe the images presented on screen. Manipulated and reduced in speed, the disembodied voices alternate between interpretive texts and anonymous monologues.

Essay by Ariel Evans

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Turn Your Face Toward The Sun, 2016

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Speakers, stage, audio of individuals rubbing their bodies with microphones

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Surface Tension, video still

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Advantage, basketball, palm tree trunk

Turn Your Face Toward the Sun couples works by Charlie Morris and Liz Rodda and explores contemporary assemblage, subculture iconographies and vernaculars, and themes of control, desire, anxiety, power, surveillance, and subversion. Combining crafted works with found content, each artist’s interdisciplinary practice involves the act of collecting and sifting through images, videos, found objects, and more to recontextualize and focus the viewer on the unseen. Whether the content is culled via youtube or encountered on a daily walk, the viewer is given parts which illuminate underlying tensions concealed by a calm surface.”

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Elastic, 2016

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Video still, found video/audio

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Impressions, 2015

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Concussion Repercussion (middle image) consists of a mud mask, constructed to resemble those made by Asaro Mudmen, beside a lounge chair that stylistically recalls an era when many Americans learned about travel and exotic worlds through National Geographic and Playboy. In other projects, the carcinogenic but alluring nature of household materials like hair dye slip in. Painted onto posters of exotic, barren landscapes, hair dye stains the paper in a pattern that mimics a chain-link fence or a trellis. Hair appears again in the video Bob & Weave (top image), which features endlessly scrolling waves of blonde locks and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off reduced to half speed.

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Clockwise, 2013

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Plateau, cough syrup on paper (framed images)

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The Vow, yoga mat, Elizabeth Taylor’s perfume, Forever, embedded in plaster rock

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PLANB, 2013

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PLANB (white floor sculpture), steel, bath salts, gorilla glue, Kilz