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.
Glossary presents the first Review as Glossary with the work of Erik Parra. Review as Glossary are "reviews" that define conceptual or visual language associations with the work. They unpack vocabulary, building ways to contextualize art while leaving room for readers to assess the merits and aesthetics of the work on their own terms.
mid century modern
The Mid-Century modern movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of International and Bauhaus interior design movements focusing on simple lines and functionality devoid of decorations. Open floor plans, large windows, post and beam ceilings, and minimal use of walls in favor of interior architecture encouraged views of room through multiple vantage points. Integrating the outside with the inside was also a priority, creating a sense of unity with the environment and a holistic lifestyle. With the family in mind, the spaces were meant as areas that would enhance socializing, communication and transparency — as opposed to privacy.
Ideal pertains to a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a standard, and taken as a model for imitation. From Late Latin idealis "existing in idea," from Latin idea* in the Platonic sense. Senses "conceived as perfect; existing only in idea," is from the 1610s.
From Latin idea, a word in philosophy, the word (Cicero writes it in Greek) and the idea taken from Greek idea "form; the look of a thing; a kind, sort, nature; mode, fashion," in logic, "a class, kind, sort, species," from idein "to see," from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of root *weid- "to see" (see vision).
In Platonic philosophy, "an archetype, or pure immaterial pattern, of which the individual objects in any one natural class are but the imperfect copies, and by participation in which they have their being."
The meaning "mental image or picture" is from the early 1600's (the Greek word for it was ennoia, originally "act of thinking"), as is "concept of something to be done; concept of what ought to be, differing from what is observed." [Century and Etymology dictionary]
Borrowed from Latin factīcius. Compare the inherited Old French form faitis as well as the doublet fétiche, borrowed from Portuguese. The English translation of Factice is Fake.
A still life (p. still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate* subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (human or animal skulls, raw meat, fruit, piles of grains, and other foodstuffs, fresh or withering cut flowers, plant cuttings or leaves, branches, dead hunting game or other animals ready for slaughter including rabbits, birds and cloven creatures or their body parts, water droplets, rocks, or shells) or man-made (breads, baskets, drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, candles, letters, pens, furniture and so on). Traditionally subjects of paintings, still lifes are also used in sculpture, photography and dioramas. Still lifes are oftentimes allegorical and contain symbolic references, particularly to life itself.
* inanimate, adjective
- not alive, especially not in the manner of animals and humans
- showing no sign of life; lifeless.
"According to modern concepts, control is a foreseeing of action whereas earlier concepts of control was used only when errors were detected. Control in management means setting standards, measuring actual performance and taking corrective action." (edited wiki) The word control when used as a noun dates back to the late 1500's. As a verb, it's past begins in the 1500's. From Anglo-French contreroller "exert authority," from Medieval Latin contrarotulus "a counter, register," from Latin contra- "against." Later usage implies a sense of domination or directness in the term. "Control Freak" is a 1960's term, referring to those who march with the mainstream corporate status quo individual who tend to be inflexible about certain behavior by others who may be trying to control a situation or person too much, particularly art and creative or politically motivated people.
- a state or condition of mental uncertainty or excitement, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, usually accompanied by a degree of apprehension or anxiety.
- a state of mental indecision.
- undecided or doubtful condition, as of affairs:
- the state or condition of being suspended.
From Anglo-French suspens (in en suspens "in abeyance," c. 1300), Old French sospense "delay, deferment (of judgement).; "state of mental uncertainty with more or less anxiety" (mid-15c.) [Etymology dictionary]
It is also a genre of novels, stories, film, etc., attested from 1951 (and to which Parra relates) .
From Latin ascensionem (nominative ascensio) "a rising," noun of action from past participle stem of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up." Ascension in the religious sense refers to the rise of Jesus or Muhammad to Heaven while he was still alive.
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