May 31 –
July 28, 2018
Deep-Time Construction
Artworks by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Lida Abdul, Sky Hopinka, NIC Kay, Asma Kazmi, and Amanda Russhell Wallace. Writing by Nazik Dakkach, Aruna D'Souza, Sean D. Henry-Smith, Lindsay Nixon, Meganne Rosen, tamara suarez porras, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, and Leila Weefur.

Curated by contemptorary
2017-2018 Capp Street Project Artists-in-Residence
Invited by Leila Grothe

Opening reception: Thursday, May 31, 6:30-8:30pm

Deep-Time Construction brings together artists who create images, text, and use archival material to compose films that consider the fabrication of time: from the forging of coloniality, the continuous uprisings and the many more to come, and the potential spaces in between.

Deep-time is the scientific term for the earth's existence, denoting its geological epoch. Playing with this notion of a settled time, the time in which settlements continue to be built, the artists featured in this exhibition strain familial forms of apprehension. The six time-based works demonstrate the potential and longing of durational experience—as movement, as a distillation, as arrangement—to be the reconfiguration of colonial time and measurement.

A series of commissioned essays is also part of the exhibition, with some relating to the specific works on view and others relating more thematically:


Nazik Dakkach writes on Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Sean D. Henry-Smith writes on NIC Kay
Lindsay Nixon writes on Sky Hopinka
tamara suarez porras writes on Lida Abdul
Meganne Rosen writes on Amanda Russhell Wallace
Leila Weefur writes on Asma Kazmi
Aruna D'Souza: Time Preserved
Jennif(f)er Tamayo: AS OF___ growing between inside/ / /&outside---timings\ \ \

All of the writing is co-published by contemptorary and the Wattis, and appears on both organizations' websites.

-contemptorary

(... continue reading the curatorial statement by contemptorary here)


contemptorary is an online arts publication edited by Eunsong Kim (b. 1984, Seoul), Gelare Khoshgozaran (b.1986, Tehran), and Palestinian writer and curator Nasrin Himada.

This exhibition is organized by Leila Grothe. Special thanks to the artists, Yomna Osman, and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.
Sky Hopinka, "Dislocation Blues" (video still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist
Sky Hopinka, "Dislocation Blues" (video still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, "The Incidental Insurgents: The Part About the Bandits" (video still), 2012-15. Courtesy of the artists and Carroll/Fletcher Gallery
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, "The Incidental Insurgents: The Part About the Bandits" (video still), 2012-15. Courtesy of the artists and Carroll/Fletcher Gallery
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
NIC Kay, "pushit! [exercise 1 in getting well soon], Judson Memorial Church" (video still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist
NIC Kay, "pushit! [exercise 1 in getting well soon], Judson Memorial Church" (video still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Asma Kazmi, "City of Migrants: Indian Mangoes by the Red Sea" (video still). Courtesy of the artist
Asma Kazmi, "City of Migrants: Indian Mangoes by the Red Sea" (video still). Courtesy of the artist
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Lida Abdul, "Once Upon Awakening" (video still), 2006. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Lida Abdul, "Once Upon Awakening" (video still), 2006. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Amanda Russhell Wallace, "Field | House" (video still), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Amanda Russhell Wallace, "Field | House" (video still), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Deep-Time Construction, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold