Single channel video with audio, CRTV, vinyl, studio stands, Chromalux prints on aluminum, marble, custom silicone type font, steel
The exhibition gathers two years of research into an algorithm operating a female sex doll object. The resulting works bridge together themes of emancipatory politics with interventions into machine learning algorithm and systems of classification with psychoanalysis to open up a space for a reciprocal intimacy and agency.
University Art Gallery UC Irvine.
Thesis Committee: Liz Glynn, Simon Leung (chair), Monica Majoli, Catherine Malabou, Daniel Joseph Martinez
A deconstruction of the English word materiality offers a conjunctive syntax in Polish language: material- i - ty. Materiał- i - ty translates quite literally into material - and - you. Material and you, becomes a point of departure for a unique consideration of material within its relation to a "you" which is also an "I". Thus, in its deconstructed form the phrase offers a possibility to re-think materiality as that which embodies a space of reflection on the nebulous relationship between a materialand a subject. A 2013 collection of essays the book is an archive of thoughts, conversations, philosophical meditations and research that contextualizes the wide notion of materiality in relation to contemporary society and the human subject, from artists Cara Benedetto and Farah Karapetian and writer Anthony Leslie.
Collection of the California Institute of the Arts Library and University of California, Irvine Library of Sciences.
You and I are supporting “along the walls” in the play, 2021
Single channel projection with audio, curtain, two chairs, two speakers, 25min. Overall size variable.
The work focuses on a human simulation model in an attempt to examine the mimetic subject-object relationship, asking if in our computational age of self-gazing, endless curation and exhibition, is human entanglement with objects reconstituting the experience of intimacy and understanding of reality, and what does this love affair with technology mean for a subject.
Single channel video with audio, drywall, wood, concrete, chalkboard paint, framed print, canvas, hay
The exhibition hinges on a neglected everyday object, a straw mattress (in Polish, ‘siennik’), as a site for an investigation into the emergence of a political subject. The conditions of this emergence point back towards systems of oppression — class, poverty, unpaid labor — and issues resulting from economic inequality and migration. Palliasse represents a kind of horizontality of labor expressed in a multitude of functions that play out as acts of resistance against power, desire against domination, relationships against rule, and body against authority.
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Committee: Leslie Dick, Harry Dodge, Tom Lawson.
Single channel video with audio, 18min. drywall, wood, concrete, raw canvas, paper, c-prints
The performative action in the work addresses classical (mimetic) system of representation. It engages ritualized and mundane gestures (clasped arms, rocking motion) as repetition that is at once a reenactment and re-experiencing of a set of meanings already socially established. The action is an attempt to challenge the patriarchal representation, rooted in the writings of Aristotle and throughout Western philosophy, of a Mother and a Woman figure as a performative subject.
The exhibition posits a claim for a political and representational visibility in contemporary culture through examination of text, embodiment and a notion of feminist mimesis to dislodge women from their prison-house of historical pain and to release the transgressive corporeality of the female performer.
Presented at Stevenson Blanche, California Institute of the Arts.