Very pleased to announce I’ll be showing work alongside Octavio Abundez, Eric Kunsman and Bill Posters this April as part of Trust, but verify at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (ROCO), New York.
April 3, 2020 – May 10, 2020
Opening Reception: April 3, 6-9pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, April 4, 1pm
Trust, but verify presents three monumental projects that address our society’s current grappling with notions of truth, veracity and fact. The exhibition’s triad is structured around past, present, and future. Octavio Abundez’s “A Fake History of Humanity” uses wrong dates, quantities and names to offer the viewer/reader a minimalistic timeline where colonial history, geopolitics, religion, scientific and social progress have been up-ended. Eric Kunsman’s “Fake News” is the artist’s personal approach to documenting our tumultuous political moment through news headlines and screen shots, while creating an archive of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. Finally, with ‘Big Dada’ Bill Posters and Daniel Howe offer a glimpse of an impending but not so distant time where we are controlled and corrupted by ‘deep fake’ technology, artificial intelligence, and the all important currency of personal data.
Trust, but verify takes its name from the rhyming Russian proverb: Doveryáy, no proveryáy. The saying became internationally known in English when it was used by President Ronald Reagan on several occasions in geopolitical negotiations and discussions with the Soviet Union.
About the Artists
Eric T. Kunsman (b. Bethlehem, PA) was heavily influenced by the death of the steel industry and its place in American history. The work of Walker Evans compelled him to study photography. Eric had the privilege to study under Lou Draper. Currently, he is a photographer and book artist based in Rochester, NY. Eric works at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is an adjunct professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. In addition to lectures, he provides workshops on topics including his artistic practice, digital printing, and digital workflow processes. He also provides industry seminars for the highly regarded Printing Applications Lab at RIT. His photographs and books are exhibited internationally and are in several collections. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio, specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists on a collaborative basis…
Octavio Abúndez’ (b. Monterrey, Mexico) practice can be divided into three different areas of exploration: the phenomenological, the epistemological and the topological. Each of these theoretic approaches share a common disregard for material narrowness always resulting in an ongoing experimentation that may very well go from classical marble sculptural techniques to photography or everyday objects such as letter boards. Abúndez’ interests often interconnect creating a range of sub-themes of site specificity, self-referentiality and playfulness which account for an aesthetic exploration. In his recent practice, he has dedicated to study and investigate the utopias proposed by today’s society in order to propose new ones —both physical and conceptual.
Bill Posters (b. Manchester, UK) is an artist-researcher, author and facilitator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Poster’s works often interrogate persuasion architectures and power relations that exist in public space and online. Working collaboratively across diverse fields is a central part of his practice. Since 2016, Posters has extended his focus to explore computational forms of propaganda and the associated architectures that define the Digital Influence Industry. This marks a natural progression for the former street artist into an alternate ‘commons’ and reveals interesting territory for the application of détournement to contemporary issues concerning computational propaganda, dataism, human rights, surveillance capitalism and democracy. Recently his projects have received global media coverage in print, on radio and TV. Posters is a published author on the subjects of subvertising, protest art and computational propaganda. Posters is co-founder of Brandalism and the Subvertisers International (SI).
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