Saturday February 6, 2016
6PM - 10PM
Gardner Hardware Building
515 N. Washington Ave, Minneapolis
“In the darkness there is no distance, and perhaps that’s what some fear in it. In darkness things merge.” -Rebecca Solnit
“Objects are already ghosts of themselves, because of the rift between appearance and essence. On this view, death, birth and continuity are happening simultaneously… an object just is a ‘black hole’ with a fading photograph of itself on its surface.” -Timothy Morton
Set against the backdrop of a vacant hardware store, Jonathan Kaiser’s Of Shadows Of investigates the ubiquitous shadow world of photographic representation, with all its tensions between absence and presence, familiarity and uncanny distortion. Relying on shadow silhouettes and optical/analog photo techniques, each piece strips subject and medium down to a fundamental graphic level. 16mm film projections, silver gelatin prints, and photograms foreground the medium’s materiality as much as its capacity for pictorial information. Crystallized into the silver salts of a print, a shadow becomes an entirely new object – a new presence echoes an absent one.
Work on view features the participation and creative movement of Alyssa Hill, Caitlin Cook-Isaacson, Garrett Ferderber, Jude Ortiz, Katie Capistrant, and DanceBums (Margaret Johnson, Eben Kowler, Karen McMenamy, Kara Motta, and Maggie Zepp)
Jonathan Kaiser is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.