Anthony Discenza Presents A Novel: an Exhibition by Anthony Discenza
February 27–April 16, 2016
Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 11-6; Thursday: 11 -7
Glossary is elated to present our newest Review as Glossary for your pondering pleasure. We want to preface this entire entry with our slogan, “art reviews through a creative lens,” and we really mean it this time! Conceptually, everything about this show is very much a glossary: a set of indexes and terms isolated at the end of a book, or in this case—the aftermath of a process; our namesake review seemed most fitting. Enjoy!
Glossary recently visited Anthony Discenza’s solo exhibition at Catharine Clark, which focuses on the life and times and unrealized works of Anthony Discenza, currently presented as an exhibition of an unrealized exhibition, based on a novel that was never written, called The Disappointments.
The exhibition accompanies a stunning piece of ephemera: a black and white newsprint multi-page folded broadsheet of heady texts accompanied by moody and beautiful yet disturbingly advertisement-like photos that mirror “life-style” images from social media platforms or sites designed to offer guidance for souls bogged down by life’s tribulations to creatively succeed. A substantial essay titled Considering a Novel: An Exhibition in the Subjunctive is written by Anthony Discenza about Anthony Discenza. In it, the formation of the exhibition along with its shortcomings and ultimate solution are detailed in autobiographical prose.
Speaking in the first person about Anthony Discenza, Anthony Discenza considers the work of the former while acknowledging the latter as author, artist and critic of his own making. Furthermore, the exhibition is an archive of gathered information, of which comprises elements never ultimately realized for an exhibition that was to take place in 2016, but has not and will not and is not. Art, not art, made into an exhibition that was not supposed to be, including things not considered art, and things so art that they hurt.
- something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural
- ephemera plural : paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles
- things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
- items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.
- new and not resembling something formerly known or used
- original or striking especially in conception or style
- a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.
- of or relating to the verb form that is used to express suggestions, wishes, uncertainty, possibility, etc.
- of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents a denoted act or state not as fact but as contingent or possible or viewed emotionally (as with doubt or desire).
(Jungian psychology simplified)
One of the Jungian archetypes, The Self is comprised of the unification of both the consciousness and unconsciousness in a person. Through a process of individuation, one’s personality becomes fully integrated between the two centers of one’s personality: the ego and the awareness of both the unconscious and the conscious as a single, interconnected way of being in the world. Individuation is the process by which a person’s experiences, elements of their personality, the psyche (perhaps forever immature) and the mature growth of decision-making all converge together to form a well-functioning whole. A person who has a sophisticated understanding of the self, is sometimes in colloquial terms considered “fully formed.”
Full disclosure: Anthony Discenza was an adviser for Glossary's editor and writer while she was in grad school. She has written about his work previously. To fully understand Anthony Discenza’s exhibition about Anthony Discenza, visit the exhibition on view at Catharine Clark Gallery until April 16th, 2016.
There will be a closing reception on Wednesday, April 13th at 6pm.
Guide Me - Paradise
Work by Courtney Sennish
January 28 - March 19, 2016
2300 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA
Hours: 1-5 Thurs - Sat & by Appt.
In this Review as Glossary, we feature the work of Courtney Sennish, currently on view at Johansson Projects in Oakland. Review as Glossary is our signature critique platform, and our namesake, which offers readers a way to build their own contextual relationships with the work.
Johansson Projects has unique architecture, and they have repeatedly used the space in interesting ways. The Jay Nelson and Rachel Kaye show In Concert was a particularly noteworthy installation, incorporating complex build-outs using ply wood, which echoed the industrial particle board floors permanently in place.
Sennish’s works plays off of the gallery’s architectural mix, as well as complimenting its urban location. Her stark and disjointed objects act as remnants of experiential dissidence; those moments when memories are merely fragments. Conjuring the work of Gordon Matta Clark or Rachel Whiteread (though on a much smaller and non-invasive scale) her objects remark upon the precariousness of architecture and the notion of relics as objects.
The objects appear as archaeological specimens, but are in actuality made from scratch, using surprisingly light-weight materials that belie their appearance. The sculptures incorporate quirky and awkward gestures and reconfigurations of familiar objects that resemble glitches, as if from a cropped and pixilated screen. Several works include photographic processes, adding a metta layer of replication and documentation to the industrial and man-made references throughout.
- humanly contrived often on a natural model man-made
- having existence in legal, economic, or political theory-caused or produced by a human and especially social or political agency
– based on differential morphological characters not necessarily indicative of natural relationships
Ruins are the remains of human-made architecture: structures that were once complete, as time went by, have fallen into a state of partial or complete disrepair, due to lack of maintenance or deliberate acts of destruction. Natural disaster, war and depopulation are the most common root causes, with many structures becoming progressively derelict over time due to long-term weathering and scavenging. – wiki
Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Construction differs from manufacturing in that manufacturing typically involves mass production of similar items without a designated purchaser, while construction typically takes place on location for a known client.
Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. It has influenced a number of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, education and the history of science.
More on Constructivism here.
Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing". Hands-on learning is a form of experiential learning but does not necessarily involve reflecting on their product. Experiential learning is distinct from rote or didactic learning, in which the learner plays a comparatively passive role.
A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his most well-known work, Utopia. Utopia is considered by some, a blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty. Written in 1516, it describes an imaginary republic ruled by reason and intended to contrast with the strife-ridden reality of contemporary European politics.
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All images courtesy of Johansson Projects and the artist.
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